Brownie Energy Balls

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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. 

Brownie Energy Balls

5 from 29 votes
These no bake brownie energy balls are the perfect snack bites to have on hand when a chocolate craving hits. Only 7 ingredients needed!
Bowl full of brownie chocolate energy balls.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1ball Calories: 96kcal Carbohydrates: 13g Protein: 2g Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 38mg Fiber: 2g Sugar: 11g
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownie energy balls

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    51 comments
    1. Jo
      September 1, 2021 AT 5:50 am

      Any chance of the recipe with metric quantities?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 1, 2021 AT 10:31 am

        I unfortunately don’t have a conversion on my site to go to metric quantities. There’s a ton of conversion sites that you can use though! 🙂

    2. Julie
      August 31, 2021 AT 8:22 pm

      5 stars
      Holy moly, these are my new favorites. They are SO good! Thank you 😍😍😍

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 2, 2021 AT 11:11 am

        Woo!! So glad you enjoyed these energy balls, Julie! Thanks for the review :).

    3. Donna Beight
      August 23, 2021 AT 2:18 pm

      I have only made the peanut butter ones and since I didn’t have chocolate protein powder made them with vanilla and definitely chocolate chips they are delicious thanks for sharing your knowledge

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 24, 2021 AT 10:52 am

        So pumped these energy balls were a hit, Donna! Thanks so much for the review 🙂

    4. Susannah
      August 11, 2021 AT 8:39 pm

      5 stars
      These are so good. They taste just like brownies, but a whole lot better for you. They didn’t last long in my house!

      1. Mary
        August 23, 2021 AT 12:51 pm

        5 stars
        Very good! Nearing the end of my pregnancy and my doctor recommended eating dates. These energy balls are a delicious way to get them in! Thank you for the recipe!

        1. Brittany Mullins
          August 24, 2021 AT 10:53 am

          Woo!! So glad to hear these energy balls have been a hit, Mary! Thanks for the review. It means so much to me!!

      2. Brittany Mullins
        August 12, 2021 AT 1:10 pm

        Woo!! So glad these brownie energy balls were a hit, Susannah! Thanks for the review and star rating. I really appreciate it!

    5. Molly
      August 11, 2021 AT 11:17 am

      5 stars
      I love these for when I’m craving chocolate! They are a tasty and healthy alternative to an actual brownie.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 12, 2021 AT 1:18 pm

        Yay!! This makes me so happy to hear, Molly! Thanks so much for the review and star rating. I really appreciate it!

Parchment paper lined with protein balls.

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