8 Ingredients. 10 Minutes. That is all you need to make these soft, chocolate chip-packed energy bites!
Dates and mulberries make the base, cashews bring healthy fats, oats bring the carbs and give them more texture, and chocolate chips….well they are just mandatory. Did I mention these energy bites have a super fresh vanilla flavor? It’s because of the addition of a whole vanilla bean!
Chewy dried mulberries not only have a delicate and unique flavor, they are also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Another advantage is that they contain about half the amount of sugar found in dates or raisins, making these bites a bit less sweet. Okay, the addition of dark chocolate chips probably outweigh the benefits of the mulberries but dark chocolate is also good for you according to studies!
Another ingredient to highlight in this recipe is the vanilla. We all know there is no good cookie dough without vanilla, and I can safely say it’s overly present here. That’s because we will blend half a vanilla bean with the dates and mulberries. Be careful though, your vanilla bean must be fresh and not dry otherwise you will have trouble blending it and might end up with large pieces of vanilla bean. Not something you want. If you don’t have vanilla bean you can definitely use vanilla extract, but the flavor won’t be as fresh.
Can you imagine the fresh vanilla smell of these energy balls?
I’m not even sure you can consider this a recipe as you just add the ingredients to a food processor, let it do its job and then form balls. It takes less than 10 minutes!
The bites can be stored at room temperature, or in the refrigerator if you want them to be slightly firmer. Plus the chocolate chips will be super crunchy so yes, store them in the fridge but hide them behind leftovers if you don’t want them to disappear too quickly. Because these are crazy addictive.
These energy bites make the perfect snack to bring on your next adventure, or just to have when a craving hits in the afternoon. You can customize them to your liking by adding cinnamon, pecans, or even substitute cacao nibs for chocolate chips!
Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!
- 1/2 cup (125g) dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup (75g) cashews, or almonds
- 1/2 cup (55g) dried mulberries
- 1/2 vanilla bean (or 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
- 1 tbsp (15g) almond butter
- 1/2 (45g) cup oat flour
- 1 tbsp coconut flour
- 1/3 (60g) cup dark chocolate chips
- Place the pitted dates, cashews, dried mulberries, vanilla bean, and almond butter in the bowl of a food processor. Process for 2-4 minutes, or until it looks like coarse meal.
- Add the oat flour, coconut flour, and process until fully incorporated, about 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides from time to time if needed. Test the dough by pressing a small amount of dough between your fingers, it should stick together well. If it too crumbly, add more dates and process again. If it’s too soft, add more oat flour.
- Stir in the dark chocolate chips. You can pulse once or twice if you want smaller bits of chocolate.
- Roll about 2 tablespoons of dough between your hands to form balls.
- Energy bites will keep for up to 3 weeks stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, or up to 2 weeks at room temperature.
Alternatively, if you have a powerful processor, you can process all the ingredients together (except the chocolate chips).
- Serving Size: 1 Energy Bite
- Calories: 120
- Sugar: 11.6g
- Fat: 4.6g
- Carbohydrates: 19.3g
- Fiber: 1.9g
- Protein: 2.6g