Quick and easy to make (no-bake!), these Grain-Free Chocolate Energy Bites are packed with healthy fats, protein, and fiber to keep you well-fueled no matter what life throws at you.
Energy. It’s a funny thing, isn’t it? It’s omnipresent yet elusive. We all use/spend it differently, some of us have tons of it (looking at you, toddlers) and some of us feel like we have zip, zero, zilch (mom life).
But really about the toddlers. I swear if I could find a way to harness even one millionth of our little guy’s energy and sell it, I’d be a billionaire. But until then, all I have to offer you are these simple, delicious cocoa energy bites, which are a godsend, BTW.
Great for all of us who are constantly running on E (hi, that would be me), and also great for those of us that are so busy bouncing off the walls that we burn through our energy stores literally every 30 minutes (looking at you again, toddler).
With all above in mind, it’s no surprise that I’m always on the hunt for snacks that:
- Pack a serious punch of power
- Travel well
- Can fuel both me and my toddler for hours
Also, when even remotely possible, other items on the wish list are snacks that:
- Don’t take a lot of energy to make (because: see above)
- Don’t make a total nightmare of a mess when handed to a toddler*
*note, these should NOT be handed to a toddler whole. Major choking hazard! We break these up before handing them to our kiddo.
I’m thrilled to let you know that these grain-free chocolate energy bites check every single box.
Since they’re no bake, they’re super quick and easy to make – we’re talking 5 minutes, 7 if you count clean-up time – and they’re loaded with protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep you going throughout the day.
They travel beautifully as well – so easy to pop in your bag… and your mouth!
Oh, and delicious. How have I not mentioned delicious? Like, double as dessert, delicious. Really!
They’re sweet but not too sweet, rich, but not too rich, and have juuuust the right amount of chocolate to satisfy your cravings.
And your toddler will go nuts for them, too. Yes, even those of you with the pickiest of picky eaters. Because they taste indulgent, even though they are totally healthy! I won’t tell if you won’t 😉
BTW, these are a great way to use up your leftover almond pulp (or other nut pulp) if you make homemade nut milk. I let my almond pulp dry out on the counter for 8 hours, then pop it into a freezer bag and freeze it for future use. This is a great way to use up some of that ever-growing stash!
If you don’t make your own almond milk, almond meal will work just fine.
Fellow energy-deprived beings out there, I hope these grain-free chocolate energy bites have the life-giving effects for you that they do for us!
And if you have an idea for how to harness and redistribute that toddler energy, hit me up. I’m totally ready to cash in… 😉
Oh, and when you make them, don’t forget to snap a picture, post it on Instagram, and tag me @grain.changer. I love seeing what you make and hearing your thoughts!
- 1 ¼ cups roughly chopped nuts*
- ½ cup almond meal (can use dried almond pulp**)
- 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 10 large medjool dates, pits removed
- Place nuts and almond meal / pulp in a food processor, and pulse until the nuts are finely chopped (smaller chunks are better for toddlers/kids, larger chunks are okay for adults).
- Add the cinnamon, cocoa powder, and salt, and give it a few more quick pulses to incorporate.
- Add the dates, and pulse for about 1 minute, or until dates are well chopped and the mixture looks uniform, stopping to scrape down the bowl if needed.
- Roll into 1 inch balls, and store in the refrigerator in a airtight container for up to 1 week.
** Almond pulp is what is left over after making homemade almond milk. I let mine dry out on the counter for 8 hours, and then store in the freezer in a freezer-safe airtight container .