Chocolate Energy Balls
Recipe by Meg van der Kruik for California Prunes
Looking for an easy, on-the-go snack? Chocolate Energy Balls are the perfect way to fuel any adventure. Whip up a batch of these easy energy balls to eat for snacks, pre-or-post workout, or for an indulgent and healthy treat.
- 1 cup old fashioned or gluten-free oats
- 2/3 cup toasted, unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup creamy natural nut butter of choice, peanut butter and almond butter are both great
- 1/2 cup pecan meal
- 1/2 cup prune puree
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a mixing bowl, stir all of the ingredients together until completely combined.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Once chilled, use a small cookie scoop or a measuring spoon to measure equal-sized amounts of the mixture, then form into balls by applying gentle pressure to the dough with the palms of your hands. Do not try to roll these energy balls as they will break apart.
Store covered in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
An equal amount of any type of nut meal can replace the 1/2 cup pecan meal called for in the recipe. Both almond and hazelnut meal are delicious choices.
If the mixture seems too wet once chilled add extra oats. This can happen if the natural peanut butter used is really oily.
For more chocolate-inspired recipes, try this recipe for chocolate cheesecake!