One of the first recipes I made when I started transitioning to a plant-based diet was these peanut butter chocolate energy balls. I was a student at the time and was in need of a quick, easy, portable and delicious snack to power me through long hours of studying. Cue these peanut butter chocolate energy balls.
I love energy balls because you can really flavor them depending on your taste preferences. I’m a chocolate gal, but if you’re not a huge chocolate fan (I’m judging you) you can omit it. I also have a recipe for peanut butter oatmeal energy balls, if that’s more your thing.
These energy balls rely on dates as their main ingredient. Dates are an excellent source of fiber and contain vitamin B6 and potassium. They’re super sweet, meaning no sweetener is needed in this recipe (unless you want to!).
These energy balls are also packed with pumpkin seeds (an amazing source of iron and zinc), sunflower seeds (great source of vitamin E) and chia seeds (packed with calcium and omega-3). Basically, they’ll keep you feeling energized and nourished for whatever you have going on throughout your day!
I love making a big batch of these and storing any leftovers in the freezer. If you need to bring some with you to work or a meeting, just pop them into a reusable container and they’ll thaw throughout the day!
I hope you love these as much as I do! Remember to leave me a comment letting me know how they’ve turned out!
Peanut Butter Chocolate Energy Balls
These peanut butter chocolate energy balls are the perfect sweet treat or easy snack on the go!
- 1 cup medjool dates
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp plant-based milk I used oat
- small pinch of salt
If you have a food processor, add all ingredients to a food processor and blend on low until a large ball forms.
If you do not have a food processor, chop dates. Add into a large bowl along with all other ingredients. Use hands to mix all ingredients together until incorporated.
Form the dough into balls, refrigerate and enjoy.
Feel free to use other types of dates rather than medjool, but they must be soft and sticky. If dates are smaller and less moist, soak in boiling water for 30 minutes before using.
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