These no bake brownie energy balls are the perfect snack bites to have on hand when a chocolate craving hits. Only 7 ingredients needed!

I have to admit, I have a little bit of a sweet tooth. I love having a little dessert after dinner each night – it completes the meal! Can you relate? My top tip for sweet cravings is to have healthier, naturally sweetened options on hand. Which is where these brownie energy balls came about. They honestly taste like a brownie but take a fraction of the time (and ingredients!) to make! Ever since I came up with this recipe a few weeks ago, Isaac and I have been hooked. We can’t stop eating them!

These brownie energy balls are inspired by my 5-ingredient no bake brownies. This recipe requires a couple more ingredients but they’re still pantry staples in our household. I can’t wait for you to give these a try!

White bowl full of brownie energy balls sprinkled with chocolate chips.

Types of Energy Balls

As you may have guessed, there are so many different types of energy balls and they go by a variety of names too. Some names I’ve heard: energy bites, energy balls, bliss bites, oat balls and fat bombs. In my mind, there is one thing they all have in common: they’re no bake and rolled into balls. Here are some ways they can be different:

  • Protein – Some energy balls will have added protein powder to obviously amp up the protein, but also round out the snack and make it more filling and satisfying. I personally love making these protein balls.
  • Date-based – Some energy balls are made with a base of dates and nuts (like these ones!). They are usually grain-free and have no sugar added because the dates add a good amount of sweetness and help hold the balls together. For the date-based balls, you usually need a food processor or blender to pulse the nuts and dates together.
  • Oat-based – Many energy ball recipes have a base of oats. They are packed with fiber and healthy fats and the perfect on-the-go snack. My peanut butter no bake energy balls are oat-based and so yummy.

Food processor with pulsed dates and nuts for brownie energy balls.

Ingredients Needed for Brownie Energy Balls

  • walnuts and cashews look for raw, unsalted walnuts and cashews.
  • Medjool dates – You can buy medjool dates that are already pitted or pit them yourself (it’s super easy). Two brands that I like are Natural Delights and Joolies. You can find Natural Delights in the produce section of most grocery stores (near the bananas) and Joolies are offered on Amazon and Thrive Market.
  • cacao or cocoa powder – raw cacao powder are minimally processed and are high in minerals and antioxidants. Cocoa powder processing depends on the brand but typically it’s roasted at high temperatures which can change some of the nutrition stats. Both are still great options for these balls!
  • vanilla extract
  • sea salt
  • chocolate chips – I like using dark chocolate chips from Enjoy Life or Lily’s. Both of these options are dairy-free.

Hand holding two brownie energy balls.

How to Make Brownie Energy Balls

It doesn’t get much easier than this recipe. Add the walnuts, cashews, dates, cacao powder, vanilla and salt into a food processor fitted with the S-shape blade. Process until mixture is well combined and sticking together. Add the chocolate chips and pulse once more to combine.

Use your hands to form 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball. Enjoy right away or store for later!

White bowl full of brownie energy balls. Cashews are on the table beside the bowl.

How to Store Energy Balls

You can store your energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. They’ll last up to 1-2 weeks in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. I like using glass storage containers or Stasher bags for storing energy balls.

Bird's eye view of a bowl full of brownie energy balls.

More Energy Balls and Bites

If you make these brownie energy balls, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is super helpful for the EBF team and other readers who are thinking about making the recipe. 

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Brownie Energy Balls

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16
  • Diet: Vegetarian


These no bake brownie energy balls are the perfect snack bites to have on hand when a chocolate craving hits. Only 7 ingredients needed!


  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup (about 10) medjool dates, pitted*
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao (or cocoa) powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon dark chocolate chips (dairy-free if needed)


  1. Process: Add walnuts, cashews, dates, cacao powder, vanilla, and salt in a food processor fitted with the S-shaped blade. Process until mixture is well combined and sticking together. Add chocolate chips and pulse once more to disperse.
  2. Form balls: Once mixture is combined, use your hands to form the dough into balls, using about 1 Tablespoon of dough for each ball. Enjoy right away or store for later.
  3. To store: Place balls into a sealed storage container and store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or the freezer for up to 3 months.


  • Hard/dry dates: If your dates are hard and dry, you can soak them in warm water for 10-15 minutes to soften. Just drain them well before using.
  • Crumbly dough: If your dough seems too crumbly to stick together after processing even when squeezing it together with your hands, you can try adding a couple more dates or adding 1 teaspoon of water at a time until the mixture starts to hold together well enough to form into balls. See note above.
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 96
  • Sugar: 11g
  • Sodium: 38mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 13g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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    1. Suzy
      March 30, 2021 AT 9:26 pm

      Yum! These were so good. A great healthy snack when I’m craving something sweet. Will definitely be making again.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 30, 2021 AT 11:49 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this recipe! Thanks for the review, Suzy. I so appreciate it!

    2. Ellen
      February 26, 2021 AT 11:49 pm

      I have given this recipe to so many of my friends because it is so fast to make. My husband loves them so I’ve been making them to have for him to have a healthy alternative snack and I’ve had to make them every few days LOL

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 27, 2021 AT 1:11 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Ellen. I’m glad this recipe has been a hit! Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    3. Jill
      February 26, 2021 AT 5:34 pm

      These are delicious and so easy to make. I reduced the walnuts to 1/2 cup and added in a scoop ( 1/2 serving) of chocolate vegan protein powder along with 1 Tbsp of water and they turned out perfectly!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 27, 2021 AT 1:14 pm

        Yay!! So glad you love these brownie balls, Jill. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Amanda
      January 27, 2021 AT 12:52 pm

      This looks so good! If I don’t have a food processor, would a blender or an immersion blender work? I have both but unsure if they would work here. Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 27, 2021 AT 6:57 pm

        Hey Amanda – Using a blender to make energy balls can be done, but it’s kind of a pain and results in a sticky mess. You might have to make these in batches and not put all the ingredients in your blender at once. Let me know if you try it!!

    5. Amanda
      January 22, 2021 AT 7:24 pm

      These were tasty! My 8 & 10 year old children said they tasted like Larabars, but better!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 23, 2021 AT 9:02 am

        Woo! That’s awesome. So glad the kiddos liked them too! And thank you so much for coming back to leave a comment and star rating on the post. I really appreciate it!

    6. Tanja
      December 23, 2020 AT 2:46 am

      Delicious! Will definitely be making again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 23, 2020 AT 3:45 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad you loved these energy balls. 🙂

    7. Christine Casey
      December 12, 2020 AT 1:04 pm

      I was making these and my kids and husband were all skeptical because of the dates. I told them they had to just try a bite. They did and then proceeded to eat the whole batch! We all loved them. I’ll be making these regularly (in a double batch!). I used pecans instead of walnuts because I prefer them and I thought they worked great. Thanks for the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 13, 2020 AT 10:31 pm

        Ahh yay, that makes me so happy to hear!! I’m pumped to hear these energy balls were a hit with your family. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    8. Nicole
      November 4, 2020 AT 4:03 pm

      These are really tasty. I used pecans because that’s what we keep in our pantry, and they worked really well. Even without choc chips, these definitely have a very “brownie like” flavor. Can you suggest any ways to amp up the protein factor in these without weird/high sugar protein powders? Thanks so much!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 4, 2020 AT 8:58 pm

        Hey Nicole – So glad you enjoyed these brownie energy balls! Thanks for making them. I tested adding protein powder to these date-based energy balls and found that you can reduce the nuts to 1/3 cup and add 2 Tablespoons (about 10 grams) of protein powder to the recipe to amp up the protein a bit! I also have these protein energy balls you could try.

    9. Bwayne
      October 8, 2020 AT 10:53 pm

      wow chocolate, that’s my favorite s thank you for sharing the recipe now I can try to make it

    10. Stephanie
      September 30, 2020 AT 2:30 pm

      I’ve made almost all of Brittany’s energy balls and THIS one is my favorite. It has just the right amount of sweetness and crunch & tastes so yummy!
      P.S. I must roll the balls to a bigger size because my batches usually only make 9-10, so just consider possibly doubling the batch if needed. You can’t go wrong by making too many. 😉

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 30, 2020 AT 5:26 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Stephanie! Thanks for trying my recipes and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it!

    11. Shashank Mehta
      September 28, 2020 AT 7:54 am

      These look so good. I tried them out yesterday and was absolutely floored by its taste. Thank you for sharing this, these are now part of my post-workout routine.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 28, 2020 AT 2:42 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad you’re loving these energy balls. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it!

    12. Deepti malik
      September 10, 2020 AT 12:19 pm

      I have been following you for a while and have been experimenting with overnight oats and now energy/ protein balls…and OMG.. thank you so so much for putting the the peanut butter overnight oats and these brownie energy balls…they have become my favorite go go thing to have after my long runs (the oats) and as a snack anytime during the day (the protein/ energy balls). And I totally get you when you say that they can last 1-2 week in thr fridge… but they usually do not! I made the latest batch of energy balls at 4pm…and it is not even 6hrs and have already eaten 3 of them!!

      5 star all the way!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 10, 2020 AT 12:57 pm

        Ahhh yay! That makes me so happy to hear. I’m so glad you’re loving these and the pb overnight oats. Thanks so much for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    13. Erica
      September 10, 2020 AT 10:18 am

      These are so perfect for a snack or dessert!! The sweetness, texture and taste are fabulous and I love anything that satisfies a sweet craving and is nutritious at the same time!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 10, 2020 AT 12:56 pm

        Yay! So glad you’re loving these energy balls, Erica. Thanks for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    14. Emily Thibodeaux
      September 9, 2020 AT 11:54 pm


    15. Kaitlin
      September 4, 2020 AT 5:55 pm

      These look like the perfect healthy treat when I’m craving something sweet!

    16. Rachael
      September 4, 2020 AT 3:01 pm

      Sounds delicious! I’m out of cashews, can I sub in peanuts?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 4, 2020 AT 7:01 pm

        Yes, definitely!

        1. Rachael
          September 5, 2020 AT 10:17 am

          Thank you!!

    17. Shailaja DESAI
      September 4, 2020 AT 2:07 pm

      Great option when one is craving sweet..

    18. Sara Anne
      September 4, 2020 AT 9:08 am

      Looks yummy! Plus perfect timing. I was planning on making chocolate date truffles this weekend, but will try this recipe instead.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 4, 2020 AT 7:02 pm

        Ahh yay!! Can’t wait to hear what you think of them. 🙂

        1. Sara Anne
          October 11, 2020 AT 5:13 pm

          FINALLY made them! I ended up omitting the chocolate chips as I had dropped in about 1 tsp. of homemade nut butter to help the ingredients to hold together. Very yummy!

          1. Brittany Mullins
            October 12, 2020 AT 11:07 pm

            I’m glad you enjoyed these brownie energy balls, Sara Anne!! Thanks for making them. 🙂

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