Vegan Cocoa-Chia Energy Bites

I feel like I just changed my life.  These little bites were un-freaking-believable.   They are made only with dates, almonds, coconut, chia, and cocoa powder.  It fulfills my sweet craving while being vegan, gluten-free and raw!  Crazy, I know.

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Plus, they are so easy to make.  All you need is a food processor to blend everything together.  And a pair of clean hands to shape the balls and roll them in shredded coconut.

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I store mine in the refrigerator, but you can also store them in the freezer to keep them fresh.  At my house, they get eaten too quick for the freezer.  But if you have self control or made a big batch, you can keep them in there.  They won’t freeze either, you can take them straight out and pop them in your mouth.

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And they have CHIA!

I even measured out the nutritional information.  Most the calories and fat come from the almonds (all healthy fat, of course), but most of the protein is from the almonds.  This recipe made 28 quarter-size balls.  Each ball has 51 calories,  1.4g protein, 3.1g fat, 1.1g fiber, and .3g sugar.

These are the perfect snacks for a bike ride, a picnic, or a pool day.  They also make for great pre-work out energy with the dates and chia.  I hope you like them!  They are now in my permanent recipe book.

Vegan Cocoa-Chia Energy Bites [veg] [v] [gf]

by Kristin Hong

Prep Time: 50 min (30 min for soaking dat

Ingredients (28 quarter size bites)

  • 18 dates, soaked for 30 min
  • 1 c. almonds (use raw, for raw treats)
  • 1/4 c. coconut flakes (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 c. coconut (shredded)
  • 1/4 c. chia seeds
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 1 T. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


Place almonds, coconut flakes, chia seeds, cocoa powder and cinnamon in a food process. Process until almonds are chopped finely.

Add dates and process until well combined. (It will be pretty thick)

With clean hands :) roll the mixture into small balls.

Place the 1/4 c shredded coconut on a flat dish/bowl and roll each ball until covered.

Place in frige or freezer for storage. (if you have any!)

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    Pardon My French
    May 7, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Yes!! I have been waiting for these!

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      May 8, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Haha, here they are! You will LOVE them :)

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    Stephanie Drazich
    May 8, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I am DEFINITELY making these! I’ve given up sweets so this is perfect fix for my sweet tooth :)

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      May 8, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      Yay! Let me know what you think!! :)

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        March 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm

        One year late but I finally made them! OMG so good!! I’m obsessed!!

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          March 9, 2015 at 2:30 pm

          I’m so happy to hear that you made them!!! :) So delicious right?

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    South Austin Foodie
    May 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I am no vegan, but these look delish! Thanks for the recipe! :)

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    June 28, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    I’ll be making these very soon, they look really yummy. Question: Coconut listed as 1/4 C. does half that amount go into the mixture and the other half to coat the balls?

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      July 9, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Hi Robin, thank you for commenting! I have adjusted the recipe, sorry about that. It is 1/4 c. coconut flakes in the mixture, and rolls the bites in 1/4 c. shredded coconut :) Enjoy!

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    Kelly @ Trial and Eater
    July 20, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    These look delicious! Energy bites have been on my recipe to-do list for a while, I think your version will have to go at the top :)

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      July 20, 2014 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks for reading Kelly! Let me know how you like them. I want to try to make new ones with some other fun ingredients, I’ll post if they are successful :)

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