Dark Chocolate Hemp Energy Bites

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Wood board with Fudgy Dark Chocolate Hemp Energy Bites for a protein-rich vegan snack

Fudgy, dark chocolate energy bites made with wholesome ingredients? Yes, please!

Ready your food processors, friends. Let’s make the tastiest snack on the block!

Wood board with walnuts, dates, nut butter, cacao powder, hemp seeds, salt, and coconut oil for making Chocolate Hemp Energy Bites

These energy bites are made with 6 simple ingredients in less than 30 minutes!

The base is my favorite natural sweetener: dates!

  • I love dates because they’re nature’s caramel and boast minerals like zinc, potassium, magnesium, and iron!
  • Walnuts come next, which add protein and are high in omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Cacao powder adds rich chocolate flavor as well as phytonutrients, magnesium, and iron.
  • Almond butter provides even more protein as well as vitamin E, manganese, and biotin.
  • And hemp seeds add omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, iron, magnesium, and zinc. Plus, they’re a perfect protein, boasting 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids.

I think we can all agree that this is one healthy snack.

Food processor with ingredients for making naturally-sweetened gluten-free vegan energy bites

The texture of these bites is close to a truffle!

They’re so chocolaty and rich and moist. And when you roll them in cacao powder, they even get a little fudgy and sticky. I mean, this is a dreamy scenario.

Adding nut butter to a food processor full of vegan Dark Chocolate energy bites
Perfectly rolled balls of Fudgy Dark Chocolate Hemp Energy Bites

I hope you all LOVE these energy bites! They’re:

Perfectly sweet
Super healthy
Easy to make
& Kind of amazing

These bites would make the perfect snack or a healthier dessert. I love having two (or three) in the afternoon for a little energy boost alongside a cup of tea. They would also make a great topper for Overnight Oats, 5-Minute Smoothie Bowls, or Dark Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowls!

For more energy bites, check out our Peanut Butter & Jelly Energy Bites, Mango Energy Bites, and 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites!

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. We love seeing your creations. Cheers, friends!

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Dark Chocolate Hemp Energy Bites

6-ingredient Dark Chocolate Energy Bites with dates, hemp seeds, walnuts, almond butter, cacao powder, and more! A fudgy, perfectly sweet, protein-packed snack or dessert!
Author Minimalist Baker
Cutting board of Dark Chocolate Hemp Energy Bites with some coated in hemp seeds and others in cacao powder
4.96 from 96 votes
Prep Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 20 (bites)
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week


  • 1 cup packed pitted dates (medjool is best)
  • 2 cups raw walnuts
  • 6 Tbsp cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder (plus more for rolling)
  • 3 Tbsp hemp seeds (plus more for rolling)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp creamy almond butter (or other nut or seed butter)
  • 1 Tbsp melted coconut oil (optional // for extra fudgy texture)


  • Add dates to a food processor and pulse/mix until small bites remain or a ball forms. Scoop out and set aside.
  • Add walnuts to the food processor and pulse into a fine meal. Then add cacao powder, hemp seeds and sea salt. Pulse a few more times to combine. (Don’t overmix or the walnuts will turn into butter.)
  • Add the dates back in along with the almond butter and melted coconut oil (optional). Mix/pulse to combine. The result should be a moist dough-like mixture. If too wet, add a bit more cacao powder or hemp seeds.
  • Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Then scoop out rounded Tablespoon amounts (I like this scoop) and carefully form into balls. The dough will be somewhat fragile, so use the warmth of your hands to gently form/roll them into balls. There should be about 20 energy bites total (amount as recipe is written – adjust if altering default number of servings).
  • Roll in extra hemp seeds or cacao powder (optional). Note: The bites get a fudgy, sticky outer texture when rolled in cacao powder – which I liked. But for less sticky energy bites, stick with hemp seeds!
  • Store leftovers in a well-sealed container in the refrigerator up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 1 month.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
*Recipe loosely adapted from my Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites.

Nutrition (1 of 20 servings)

Serving: 1 energy bite Calories: 124 Carbohydrates: 10 g Protein: 4.1 g Fat: 8.9 g Saturated Fat: 1.2 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Fiber: 2.5 g Sugar: 6.8 g

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    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Asha, in our experience, blenders can struggle a bit with dates. Perhaps if you chop them up first and pulse, stopping a few times to stir, it could work. Hope that helps!

  1. Nance says

    These are a chocolate lovers dream come true!!! I am so happy to have found the perfect use for my abundance of almond pulp!

  2. Marcus says

    I’d like to see more diversity on your site. These Americans, they don’t understand that other cuisines exist. French, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino… so much out there and yet you guys continue giving us American food.

  3. Tiffany Casados says

    Is there a good substitute for the walnuts? We have a tree nut allergy in the house. Thanks!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tiffany! Most other nuts would work well here, and other readers have also had success with using all hemp seeds, though we haven’t tried that ourselves. Hope this helps!

    • Lucinda says

      For my second batch, I had run out of walnuts, so I used macadamia butter for the entire nut component… While macadamias are tree nuts – could peanut butter work in your household?

  4. Saroja Bhatia says

    These were amazing !!! So easy to make and a sure hit with everyone in the family
    Replaced the hemp seeds with dry desiccated coconut and the used peanut butter instead ( turned out great )
    Followed the rest of the recipe with the same ingredients and measurements
    Thank you this is absolutely divine !!

  5. Deb says

    I’m curious why you specify raw walnuts. I soak and dry walnuts and wonder why they wouldn’t work and be delicious in this recipe. Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Deb! Those might work, but we’ve never tried it so couldn’t guarantee results. Raw walnuts have a nice neutral flavor, and they are quite tender and soft which is ideal for this recipe. Let us know how it goes if you try it with your dried walnuts!

  6. Rochelle says

    I cut the recipe in half, and otherwise followed all the directions, but these came out much too bitter with hardly any sweetness. I then added some more dates and that didn’t make enough of a difference, so I added several drops of stevia, but I still found this too bitter. This just wasn’t my taste.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Bummer! Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy this recipe, Rochelle. Is it possible your almond butter or walnuts weren’t fresh? We find that sometimes our almond butter or nuts get old and lend a bitter/sour taste to recipes! We’d love to help trouble-shoot if you want to make it again!

    • Rochelle says

      Thanks for responding. I used (unsweetened) peanut butter, which was kept in the fridge and I’d stored the walnuts in the freezer, so I don’t think that was the issue. I like dark chocolate, but only up to about 70%, so this was just too strong for me.

  7. Melanie says

    I had to make some modifications due to my little one’s allergies, so I used all hemp butter instead, and red palm oil instead of coconut oil. These things are DELICIOUS! I admit to sneaking a few at work. They are simply amazing. I also coated half in cinnamon/sugar and the other half in hemp seeds. They are both great!

  8. Laura says

    These are so amazing! Could I sub in oat flour for the ground walnuts to make a lower fat/cheaper version? I eat them too regularly!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Laura! We haven’t tried this with oats and we aren’t sure if it will hold up without nuts, but it might! We’d suggest trying it with just 1 cup walnuts and 1 cup oats, but let us know what you try!

  9. Patricia Woods says

    I have just made these. They are so easy to make and taste gorgeous. I rolled some in hemp hearts some in chia seeds and some in raspberry powder . Will definitely be making again soon .
    Thanks for the recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Raspberry powder?! YUM! We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Patricia! Thank you for sharing! xo

  10. Sam says

    These are amazing! I’ve made them several times and can’t live without them. I’ve added chia seeds for an extra crunch and roll them in shredded coconut.

  11. Caitlin says

    These are weekly staple at our house, so yummy! My 9 year old loves them too. But we live in Indonesia where hemp seeds are illegal! Can you suggest a replacement? Sesame seeds, maybe?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Caitlin! We’re so happy you enjoy this recipe. We haven’t tried it but we would suggest ground flax or chia seeds to replace the hemp seeds IN the bites, and rolling them in either shredded coconut or sesame seeds! Let us know how it goes! xo

    • Natasha says

      Looooved! So good! Reminds me of brownies! When I was a kid I’d take the center of my brownie and roll it into a ball lol. I am breastfeeding and wanted to add some rolled oats as they are good for your milk supply. I halved the recipe and then halved the walnuts again (1/2 cup), replacing the other half (1/2 cup) with rolled oats. I also added a tablespoon of maple syrup. These turned out sooo good! Will definitely be making these often. Thanks for the recipe!!

  12. Elena says

    Love – can’t believe how incredible the flavor is with how healthy they are. I somehow managed to make these with an immersion immersion blender and regular blender although wouldn’t recommend haha. First I turned dates into a paste with immersion blender and then in small blender mixed the rest of the ingredients then hand mixed it together.

    This recipe alone is worth investing in a food processor haha.

    Also I ran out of coconut oil so used butter and it worked.

  13. Kavya says

    Amazeballs. Seriously. This is a recipe that I keep coming back to time and time again. The recipe is very flexible in terms of nut type, nut butter, nearly everything except the dates can be substituted for whatever you have on hand.

    Some variation’s I’ve tried are :
    PB instead of almond butter
    Almonds/Cashews instead of walnuts
    MCT oil instead of coconut oil
    > Date to nut ratio
    Adding stevia in for extra sweetness
    Rolling in coconut flakes

  14. Cheyenne says


    I made the coconut milk and hoping to re-purpose the coconut pulp. It linked to this recipe but I don’t see any coconut pulp listed in the ingredients or notes. Do you know if there is a recommended amount of coconut pulp I should be adding or is it supposed to replace an existing ingredient?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Cheyenne, we haven’t actually tried it, but we think it would work! We’d suggest using it in place of some of the walnuts. Let us know how it goes!

  15. Gina Alfieri says

    Love this recipe. So simple and delicious. We rolled half the batch in coconut and they’re delicious as well!

  16. Michaela says

    Hi. You say I can use raw almond pulp in this recipe. How? Instead of nuts, almond butter or you’d just add it in?
    Can I replace the hemp seeds with anything? I’ve never had them, I don’t know the taste. Thank you

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Michaela, You can use it in place of some of the walnuts. And you can replace the hemp seeds with another seed such as ground flax or chia seeds. Let us know how it goes!

      • Michaela says

        Hi. I did a half of the recipe, 10 balls. I used the pulp instead of all the walnuts and bought hemp seeds, used fewer dates, 75g instead of 100g and they are amazing. Taste like a dessert rather than a snack. I am very impressed. Thank you very much.

  17. Iram says

    Can I use hemp powder instead of hemp seeds? Also, can i substitute other nuts because my son is allergic to walnuts? Thanks.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Iram, hemp protein might work, but we’d say start with less as the flavor is stronger. And yes, other nuts such as macadamia, hazelnuts, or pecans would work! Enjoy =)

  18. Celine says

    Thank you for sharing this recipe! These are DELICIOUS – so chocolaty and fudgy. I used macadamia oil because I had no coconut oil in the house and that also worked beautifully.

  19. Dee Hughes says

    YUM! I used all hemp seeds as I didn’t have walnuts on hand. Also, rolled them in a mixture of hemp seeds, cocoa, and sea salt. I used THC infused coconut oil, so will only eat one at a time ;)

  20. Randie says

    I love these but don’t like the taste of my own ground walnuts, so I bought the ready-made ground walnuts. How much do 2 cups of walnuts grind down to? Thanks

  21. Sherri neil says

    Now, I’m in trouble. I was just about to make another batch of these yummy bites, because my husband loves them, and I realized I have no dates. Yikes. Guess I will have to find another yummy recipe to replace them.

    • Ujaja Seh says

      I made this today! Substitute for walnut for almond, almond butter to peanut butter, then I skipped hemp seed. Used what’s currently available and it works wonder!

  22. Claire says

    My first recipe with a food processor was a success; thanks, Dana! These taste exactly like mini brownie bites; I omitted the coconut oil and rolled them in cacoa powder. It was a test of willpower not to just eat the entire batch with a spoon, haha. If I could give these 10 stars, I would!

    • Sherri neil says

      Just made another batch of these addicting morsels and decided to spice it up a bit. Added some cayenne and yum. Thanks Dana once again for developing these recipes that let me have my sweets with a little less guilt. I would not be disappointed if you developed an app.

  23. Angel says

    OMG!!! These taste amazing and so simple to make. Definitely going to be making them again!! Even our kids ate them, finally something we all like. One is enough, but so hard to stop at just one!! Included the coconut oil and was perfectly fudgy! My daughter rolled them in fine coconut shreds, raw cacao and/or hemp hearts.

  24. Yuki says

    Amazing recipe, I love how customizable it is. If using roasted almonds I’ve found 1.5 cups to be a good amount, even less depending on stickiness of dates.

    I’ve also tried adding leftover meal from the coconut cashew oat milk recipe. I reduced walnuts to 1.25 cups, subbed 1 tablespoons of nut butter with coconut butter and I got the fudgiest texture possible.

  25. Kaleigh says

    Very delicious recipe! I have made these multiple times. I use the pulse setting on my ninja blender as I don’t have a food processor and I find they turn out great every time.

  26. Dawn DeSimone says

    These are delicious and satisfying. I added instant coffee granules and my home made vanilla. So good! I like forward to making many meow of your recipes!

  27. Tea says

    Making this for the fifth time. Everyone in my family loves these and they ask for more. Absolutely delicious, easy and healthy. I always add coconut oil and I add bit more dates. Best recipe for date energy balls. Thank you!

  28. Ashley says

    Everyone needs these in their life!!! These are fantastic and taste like a better Ferrero Rocher. For some texture, I didn’t process the walnuts into a meal, rather left them slightly crumbly. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  29. Zubeida Said says

    Thanks for this great recipe! Easy to follow and cane out perfect! I didn’t have hemp seeds so I used flaxseeds instead! Made half a batch and regretting it now ? awesome recipe!

  30. Emma says

    One of my favorite 3 PM snack attack rescues! I definitelt suggest using the coconut oil- it helps keep the ingredients together and adds to the luxurious, fudgey feeling.
    I ♥️ Your recipes!

  31. Cassidy says

    Made the recipe as is and they turned out super yummy! I ended up making about 18 of them, just a bit smaller than recommended. I do wish I had a food processor because my blender almost couldn’t handle the chunky-ness hah. Either way it all worked out. Thanks so much!

  32. Jessica says

    These are so delicious! I swapped 1 of the cups of walnuts for pecans out of necessity….still worked great. Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Jessica. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  33. Katia says

    I have been looking for a healthy not too sweet chocolate snack and these are perfect! Just the right amount of sweetness. So easy to make! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  34. Kyra says

    I made these for the first time yesterday and WOW WOW WOW!! So delcious! I added some mint extract to half of the ‘batter’ at the end, as I am a huge mint-chocolate lover – it was delicious! Thanks so much for another amazing recipe!

  35. Vesna says

    I forgot to give this 5 stars in my last comment.
    So here it is — 5 stars. I’m adding this recipe to my repertoire of “balls” LOL (among them chocolate-covered PB energy balls as well as the carrot cake balls from your site). I love all the different flavours this type of snack/dessert can take.

  36. Vesna says

    I made these and covered them in melted chocolate and rolled them in finely processed coconut shreds. I gave one to my son, and after taking just one bite, he immediately said, “I’m going to need another one.” Haha! These are the best kinds of desserts and snacks to make. They freeze well and are ready for when those snack attacks hit for active boys (and their mommas!) :D

  37. Meg says

    Could i use sesame instead of hemp?
    Does it turn out well if i halve the recipe?
    Well, I’m going to try both.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We think sesame would work! We aren’t sure whether there will be enough volume to process with a half batch. Let us know how it goes!

  38. Shannon says

    First time making energy bites and am so happy to have a nutritious, healthy (and yummy!) treat to pack for my hiking adventures. From freezer to pack, a winner! Thx!

  39. Nathalia Linda says

    Hello Dana, hello people!
    Thank you for this recipe. Today is the second time I made it. Just like others, I also added a little more of certain things.
    1/2 cup of dates
    1 tbps of hempseeds
    1 tbsp of infused cannabis coconut oil(Super fudgy)
    Also I rolled some in cacau powder, oats hempseeds, coconut, brown sugar and Cacau nibs so they all look different.
    I loved it. Thanks again.

  40. Emily says

    Delicious and so easy!! Key is to soak the dates in water that has just boiled so that it’s super easy to blend up. I doubled the salt amount and rolled them in hemp seeds. I also added 1/2 Tablespoon of coconut oil which did help keep them sticking together better. Perfection, and my 8-year-old and 5-year-olds loved forming the bites and rolling them in hemp seeds. Will be making these as a staple treat and storing in the freezer!!

  41. S says

    Love this recipe! I only have a blender, but everything worked perfectly. Just made sure to not to pulse the mixtures too much since it would be easier to overwork in a blender. These are a weekly staple for me now!

  42. LLuna says

    I doubled the recipe for my first time making these, they turned out AMAZING! I ended up with enough to share at my workplace and friends that appreciate eating healthy! Easy recipe with ingredients I had available, and the best: no baking needed. THANK YOU for sharing this!

  43. DA says

    This is a great snack option! I substituted 1 cup dried figs (soaked in warm water, then drained) and 6 Tbsp mini dark chocolate chips for the dates and cacao powder. They still turned out great! Thanks for the easy recipe!

  44. M says

    Made these today with a hazelnut spread instead of almond butter. They’re delicious! I rolled some in unsweetened, dried coconut, but haven’t tasted those yet. My partner and toddler also enjoyed!

      • kurt wainwright says


        I just made these unfortunately the mixture came out like crumbs.
        Any suggestions on what went wrong?

        But taste wise its lovely

        Thank you.

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Kurt! Sorry to hear this recipe didn’t work so well for you, did you happen to make any modifications to the ingredients? Depending on the freshness and variety of your dates, that might be part of why the mixture wasn’t wet enough.

  45. Daria Kallal says

    Hi, Dana!
    I love your recipes and enthusiasm for innovation with good food!
    I made this recipe and it was fa-buh-lous! FIVE STARS!
    I swapped out the 2 cups raw walnuts for 2 cups of Brazil nuts (it’s what I randomly had on hand) and it was a delicious and comparable substitution.
    This recipe was quick, easy, nutritious, and fun! (I especially enjoyed hand rolling the optional cacao powder and hemp seed dusting finale! The fudgey result was incredible!)
    Thank you for always bringing healthy, delicious recipes and ideas to our home!

  46. Lenore Bonk says

    I love making these! Sometimes I add a little bit of protein powder, they still stick together great as long as you use the melted coconut oil.

  47. fenice says

    These are so simple to make and delicious — the flavour is so much more than the sum of its parts! They’re also a great snack for my Type I diabetic husband. The bites give him a little boost without skyrocketing his blood sugar and he’s thrilled that “I get to eat chocolate!”

  48. Sharon says

    What’s a good substitute for dates? They aren’t easily accessible where I’m from, sadly, and I find it so frustrating that most of these recipes require them :(

  49. Ginny says

    OMG THESE ARE SO GOOOOOOD!! I’m a chocolaholic and these are just AMAZING! I didn’t have hempseeds so I used chiaseeds, works just as well! Again, a great recipe!!

  50. Mary says

    I have anxiety if I don’t have these made in my house at all times. I have easily made these 100 times. They’re great every time.

  51. Sarah says

    I made this recipe and liked it so much I immediately made a second batch to share with friends! I swapped walnuts for pecans, as I had some in the pantry, already ground. The second time around I cut the cocoa powder to 1/4 cup (as I found that the first batch was a touch too bitter) and replaced my missing 2 tbsp of dry ingredients with some supplementary fiber (metamucil, no flavor), as well as an extra tbsp of hemp seeds as my mixture was a bit wet. The second batch yeilded 24 bites, all of which I rolled in hemp seeds. Next time, I may add more fiber and play around with the wet ingridients – I would like 1 serving of 3 bites to have 10-12g of fiber. That way one healthy snack would pack half of my fiber intake for the day! It’s simply delicious and easy to modify! This recipe is a keeper.

  52. Lyndsey says

    I made these as a snack and they were easy to make and so delicious! Also very healthy! These will be a go to from now on! Thanks :)

  53. M says

    Rich, chocolate-y, fudge-y goodness — these are amazing AND they’re healthy. I added some cacao nibs and rolled 1/3 in cacao, 1/3 in hemp seeds, and left a 1/3 unrolled. Perfect snack or dessert when you’re craving some guilt-free sweetness. If you’re considering making them, just do it. You won’t be disappointed.

  54. Louise says

    Ooooh, so delicious. I didn’t have walnuts, so first time making I used almonds and about to use pecans. So quick and easy. I love your site, and your acceptance of all eaters!! Food freedom and non judgmental attitudes are nice to come across. Thanks.

  55. Leona says

    I love this balls!! They are an explosion of healthy flavor! Perfect snack when I crave something sweet! I am your fan! Love your recipes. Thank you!

  56. Lori K says

    Love your website Dana! Everything I have tried has been awesome! These are my favorite energy bites! So easy and a great fix for my chocolate cravings! Thank you!

  57. Ashland Mama says

    Made these almost exactly as the recipe says except I only had 1 tbs of of coconut oil so added 1 tbs of ghee plus 1 tbs melted cacao butter, then used coconut shreds to roll them in. So not really “almost exactly” at all but they are fantastic! I’m on a Whole30 diet right now and these are a great grab-n-go breakfast.

  58. Charlotte says

    Oh my goodness thank you SO MUCH for this recipe! When I was travelling in New Zealand I found these delicious energy bites, can’t buy them anywhere else in the world and I was desperately looking for a similar recipe to make them myself – and I have finally found it! Your recipe is perfect!
    To make them just like the ones I had in NZ, I swapped the walnuts for hazelnuts and used peanut butter instead of almond butter. And I didn’t use hemp seeds, but shaved coconut for the coating. It was seriously amazing. And I love that you include metric measures in your recipes. I will keep this recipe for the rest of my life! Thank you!

  59. Jessica Flory says

    Oh my gosh, Dana, these were AMAZING!! We make a lot of energy balls around here and these are quite possibly the best I’ve ever made. So good!!!

  60. K5 says

    Just made these and they are really delicious! I wanted to forgo the blending the dates separately, but I’m glad I followed directions, super smooth and fudgy texture!
    I’ve been using your recipes all year long and really love the simplicity of them and how healthy they are. Thank you!

  61. Lisa says

    Today I made these and the “meat”balls. I really like both. We have the same taste and I’m so happy to have found your site. Looking forward to making more of your recipes.

  62. Emma says

    Just wondering if anyone knows how these hold up in the heat of a hot Summer day in Australia!?

    Looking forward to trying these out!

  63. sarval says

    Absolutely incredible! So easy and so delicious! I have made these a few times now and they are so easily adjustable. This last time I made them I didn’t use any coconut oil but instead used a little more of the nut oil which this time was a mixture of cashew butter and sunflower seed butters. Then rolled them in crumbled toasted almonds since I just love that taste. I also added a little bit of ground flax seed to the whole mixture. The salt is essential. Thank you Dana et al, this recipe is brilliant!

  64. LynneyC says

    I was recently diagnosed with several food sensitivities and walnuts, almonds and cacao are among them! I had to try your recipe and improvised: carob powder for cacao, pecans and cashews for walnuts and cashew butter for almond butter. Turned out super yummy and I can only imagine how delicious they are with the original ingredients! This recipe will become a staple! Thank you! ?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing your recipe changes, Lynney! We’re glad you enjoyed your modified version :)

  65. Sam says

    These are soooooo legit! They’re like…cake! I made a few changes and they’re still a fudgy ball of goodness. I cannot wait to try peanut butter and powder pb to roll them in ;)

    These are the changes/additions I did:
    1 additional tbsp of cacao,
    halved the coconut oil and used 1/2 tbsp (I have unrefined and I worried it’d be too coconutty and not the flavor I wanted currently),
    added 1/4 cup of plain protein powder
    added 1 tbsp chia for a crunch
    added approx. 3 tbsp almond milk…I eyeballed, just to get the meal going a bit cause the protein powder can be dry

    So good. I dunno how I’m going to resist just smooshing it together and eating it by the handful…

  66. Katie says

    Great recipe! The dates were a bit annoying to get chopped up but eventually it turned into a ball in the processor like you said. I added a bit of vanilla to the mix and at the end I mixed in gluten free rolled oats by hand. Turned out wonderful!
    Thanks so much for the recipe ?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re glad you enjoyed it, Katie! If you get a chance, can you rate the recipe? It would help us enormously! :D

  67. Lisa Heuple says

    I love these!! Have played around with the recipe quite a bit and my fav variation is one cup pecans and one cup hazelnuts and 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut. Soo deeeelish! Of course, the original recipe is always a winner in my book as well!! :)

  68. Lindsay says

    What a delicious little treat! Rich enough to satisfy my sweet tooth, but I feel good eating them for a healthy afternoon snack. I subbed chia seeds for the hemp seeds and peanut butter for almond butter, then rolled them in cacao powder and coconut. Will be doubling the recipe next time for sure!

  69. Wendy says

    Messy to make and eat but OH SO DELICIOUS! Totally satisfies my craving for a fudgy brownie but way healthier. I don’t bother with the coconut oil and I roll them in cocoa powder. Amazing. And yes, the dough will seem very crumbly at first, but I just press it together with my hands and the balls form easily.

  70. Candice says

    I’m a big fan of your recipes & these are amazing. I’ve made them 3 or 4 times now. However, with ingredients such as walnuts, almond butter & hemp seeds they become rather expensive to make. It would be great to have a more affordable version….please…. x

  71. Charlotte Jones says

    Hello! My mixture is very crumbly, it won’t roll into balls…not sure if I need to add more cacao powder or does the mixture need to be wetter?

    Thanks x

  72. aileen kilfeather says

    I’ve made these 3 times now and actually have 100 sitting in my freezer. Confession, I dipped them in dark semisweet chocolate – they are awesome!
    Aileen K
    Grand Greve, Nova Scotia

  73. Rachel says

    We made these and the pbj bites tonight. They passed the kid and parent test! I used cashew butter because I didn’t have almond. Excellent!!! Thank you.

    • Gianna Carini says

      Good to know! I also have cashew butter on hand (out of almond) so glad they are delish with that sub!

  74. Rebecca says

    These are better than any chocolate bar!!!! I used peanut butter (unsweetened) and a toouuuch of honey and let me tell you…they are to die for!

  75. Gabby says

    Love your blog so much. I know in many recipes you call for cacao powder, or sub unsweetened cocoa powder but wondering what the difference is? I’ve asked at the health food store I go to and they told me its the same thing just different pronunciations?

  76. Aidan says

    Hi Dana!

    I am definitely going to try these but I have a question. I sometimes soak my nuts to counteract the phytic acid in them. Do you think this would be detrimental to the texture of the bites? I’ve never made energy bites before at all so I have no frame of reference.

    Thank you so much!


  77. Mariana says

    I initially only made half the recipe in case I didn’t like how these turned out but man am I regretting that now. These are absolutely delicious. They aren’t too sweet and they are so super simple to make. They taste amazing out of the freezer too. Will have to make more this week. Thanks Dana!

  78. joe says

    Would using sesame seeds work to roll in? Or coconuts?
    PS the vanilla ice cream recipe is working overtime ha ha. I shape into lollipops and cover with dark chocolate. Awesome just like we buy but nothing on me conscience.


  79. Stephanie says

    Delicious. I recently did a week of field work in the Arctic, where temperatures were subzero every day. I made these energy bites to snack on while in the field, and I couldn’t be happier that I did! They were quick and easy to eat on the go, and full of healthy fats and carbs to keep me energized throughout the long days.

  80. Kat says

    I made these tonight. They were so good and turned out great. I rolled some of them in the hemp seeds, some of them in cacao powder, and the rest if cacao nibs.

  81. Jade says

    I’d love to say that I’ve made this recipe twice, but I’ve used the base of this recipe and what I had on hand to make these twice. Both times they turned out great. The first time I used chia seeds instead of hemp, pecans instead of walnuts and peanut butter instead of almond butter. The second I used a nut mix because I forgot to buy nuts at Trader Joes despite intending to make these. Whomp whomp! Delish!

  82. Nazish says

    Made these with 1 cup walnuts and 1 cup pumpkin seeds, added a couple of tablespoons of macaroni powder. I just love the versatility of this recipe not to mention how delicious these turned out. And so easy. I’m a big fan. Heading over to install to post pictures now!

  83. Rachel Macciocchi says

    Love these!! Do you archive your Insta stories somewhere I can watch? I remember you saying you recommend certain dates… my consistency didn’t seem the exact same as your video as I remember it.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Rachel! We don’t currently do that, but it is a great idea for future. We typically use medjool dates!

      • Rachel Macciocchi says

        Ah yes mine are medjool but looked a lot different than your video. Did you say you got yours at Trader Joe’s?

  84. Alicia says

    These are the most delicious things! This is the first time I have had dates in anything (other than Larabars, which I love) and I quite like them as a dessert alternative, even though they are still loaded with sugar. This recipe was really fantastic. I used peanut butter and I love the mixture of flavours and textures- sweet, salt, crunchy, mushy, peanut-buttery, chocolatey. I did more coated with hemp seeds than cacao powder because I found it easier to control how much coating I was adding. I look forward to trying variations, like with chia seeds or shredded coconut (which I’ll love, I’m sure).

  85. Melissa says

    I made these today after watching you make them on InstaStories originally. These were perfectly easy and super delicious. Thank you so much!

  86. Nikki says

    I definitely want to try this one! I’ve had a ginormous bag of raw cacao in my pantry for a couple of months now with no idea what to make with is (besides yummy almond milk hot chocolate, refined sugar free of course). I also love more uses for hemp seeds besides just topping oatmeal or yogurt with them!


  87. Lauren D. says

    This is the first time I have made an energy ball, and these turned out great! My husband likes them too. A treat without feeling too guilty ;) Thanks for the recipe!

  88. Dee says

    Dana, these rocked my socks off!

    I made a recipe for energy bites from another site a couple of weeks ago and they were nothing compared to these… these are SO good!

    I added 1 scoop of my LeanFit complete green protein powder, an additional Tbsp of nut butter, the coconut oil as you suggested and rolled them in raw sesame seeds and holy moly… super delish! This is def my new go to recipe for energy bites now :)

    Thanks so much, you’re the best!

  89. Hannah says

    Okay…..so seriously, this are amazing. I’ve made them twice now. I made the first batch with chocolate chips since I was out of cocoa powder. I also used 1 cup of almonds and 1 cup of pecans because my walnuts went bad. The second batch I used cocoa powder and almonds/pecans. They are AMAZING. SO DELICIOUS. I’ve been taking them to school with me, and they are a great source of protein and healthy fats. They are a great way to get the omega-3’s in with the hemp seeds, and I love that they are only sweetened with dates! Such a mild sweetness, and soooo delicious! My kids loved them too!
    Also, thank you so much for everything you do. I love food and I love healthy eating (I’m studying to be a Dietitian) so it’s a great resource for me to be able to make your recipes knowing that you put thoughtfulness into the ingredients, and have such a focus on plant-based foods!
    Thank you- you rock!!!!

  90. diane says

    I made this yesterday! They are really delicious, and filling – a great quick meal replacement. They didn’t come out as sweet as I was hoping, (I might have added more unsweetened chocolate than what was called for :) so I added some stevia after, by hand. Next time I think I’ll add it (or maybe agave or maple syrup) to the nut mixture before adding back the wetter ingredients. But they’re REALLY great! Thank you!

  91. Mariel says

    I made these this past weekend to have on hand for snacks this week, and they really hit the spot! Love the fudgey taste and how simple they are to make.

  92. Janne says

    These are so good!! I used homemade peanutbutter, and they turned out delicious. By the way, the info about how to store leftovers is quite uneccessary. Mine barely made it to the fridge – never came even close to the freezer :-)
    Thank you Dana, for yet another great recipe!

  93. Jessica says

    I am currently working my way through your catalog. I am totally hooked on your recipes! I love that I usually have all of the ingredients in my pantry and can make them as soon as I see one that is calling my name. I was low on dates so I had to wait until I went to the store until I made these, but I finally did today and O.M.G. These are incredible and very hard to believe there is no added sugar in these. Thank you for your hard work… my family and I really appreciate it!

  94. Elena says

    These energy bites are so good and i love the texture, thanks for this simple recipe. I didn’t use butter, because i forgot to add it, they turned out great anyway! And i found your other energy bite recipes, i’m on it!

  95. Bonnie says

    I’m loving all the comments and suggestions. It all sounds yummy. Did I miss the response on what food processor you use? I had a fabulous chopper for 20 years. Like Humpty Dumpty, it had a great fall and we could not put it together again. Please say what food processor you use. Thank you!

  96. Chantal says

    These are so good.

    Couple of changes:
    I didn’t have hemp seeds anymore so I used flax seeds. I also didn’t have enough walnuts so i did half walnuts and half almonds. And in the end i coated the balls in coconut flakes.

    Delicious base recipe though, thank you!!

  97. Dorota says

    Wow… again, these are awesome. Couldn’t stop eating them. Love it! Thanks Dana, I love your recepies. Can’t wait to try new ones.

  98. Jessica says

    Made these yesterday and they are delicious! Kind of remind me of a fudge brownie. Since my dad has a liver disease, he has been craving sweets more frequently. I’ve been looking for a healthier version of some sweet items that are nutritious and I think these are it! Thank you for all of your wonderful recipes.

  99. Lindsay @ the toasted pine nut says

    These look like fudgey, chocolatey heaven!! Oh my lawwwd!! Love that you used walnuts!!

  100. Sara says

    Do you know of a substitution for the dates other than dried fruit? Vegan, gf, and sugar free please. What about other nut butters?

  101. Allison Smith says

    I made these with TJ’s new mixed nut butter. Warning: these are good!! And really hit the spot for my chocolate/sugar cravings. Thanks for sharing!

  102. Marie says

    Thanks for this awesome recipe! I was out of almond butter so I added peanut butter instead. Turn out great!

  103. Courtney says

    I didn’t realize I was craving something exactly like this until you posted them in IG stories the other day. Hemp seeds have become my sprinkles (and they end up on most things I eat) so I’m excited to see them here. Making these today fo sho! :)

  104. Sarah says

    These are amazing! Thank you! I love that they are healthy but satisfy my sweet tooth. Being a mom of 3 I am always looking for simple recipes that taste amazing and you always deliver Dana! I took this one step further and just pressed it into my loaf pan and I cut off a square! (Saved me the rolling time!)

  105. Sophie says

    I made these with half walnuts and half pecans and rolled them in hemp seeds. They’re so yummy! I may try them with peanut butter in place of the almond butter next time so they taste like peanut butter cups.

  106. Carolyn says

    LOVE your recipes. I made the almond chocolate chip (V, GF) cookies on Sunday. So good! I made these today and can’t stop eating them! I rolled them in cacao nibs after the cacao powder and hemp seeds, Yum!


  107. Holly says

    What an amazing recipe! I made these tonight but I’m not a fan of hemp seed so I substituted 1.5 tbsp of ground sunflower and 1.5 tbsp of ground sesame seed into the mixture. Once formed I rolled them in the cacao powder then unsweetened coconut! They are now called amaze-balls in my house.

  108. Denise says

    These are absolutely delicious and a perfect sweet tooth grab when the craving comes on. Thanks! We subbed pecans and peanut butter because we had them on hand.

  109. Tam says

    So yummy & fudgey and totally satisfied my chocolate craving! Thanks so much for the fabulous recipe.

    I also rolled some of mine in unsweetened dried coconut for some variety! Turned out great

  110. Erin says

    Hi Dana I was so excited when I saw this recipe that I made them right away. I did add the coconut oil and I used crunchy almond butter instead. Unfortunately they arent sticking together at all so I tried to press it into a 8×8 pan and make squares after they sat in the fridge overnight but no luck. Add more almond butter? Or maybe the dates weren’t blended enough? My food processor is really old too. Spoonfuls of the “dough” are delicious though.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, sounds like maybe the dates weren’t fresh enough OR they weren’t blended finely enough! Add more dates or almond butter next time!

  111. Katie says

    I made these this afternoon for our Mardi Gras dessert and an event I’m hosting this weekend. My son has a nut allergy so I replace all nuts with sunflower seed and sunbutter. It was good but to me it was too much sunflower.
    My second batch I made with pumpkin seeds and sunbutter instead, SO MUCH BETTER! Didn’t over power the cacao powder like the sunflower seeds did.

  112. Anne says

    Just made these, they are perfec, all chocolatey and almond-buttery, if that’s a thingt! They go well with the afternoon coffee, and satisfy my sweet tooth! I just recently discovered hemp seeds and love how they add some bite.

  113. Eleanor Johnston says

    Hi Dana!
    Thanks for another tempting recipe. Can I use hemp protein powder instead of hemp hearts? Would 28g or so be enough? Will this change the recipe in any way?

  114. Ali says

    I thought i I had all of the ingredients to make this. Turns out I did not have dates. Or almond butter. So I tried it with molasses and peanut butter. Still turned out delicious, although as the mixture was more wet it absorbed the cocoa powder coating instead of acting as a sticky barrier. Great base recipe!

  115. Ann says

    Making tomorrow. I’m so impressed that you have replied to all the questions .
    Awesome :) Will let you know how mine turn out..

  116. Dee says

    Hi Dana :)

    Can’t wait to try this recipe… looks delish as usual!
    Could I add a scoop of protein powder into these bad boys or do you think it will become to dry in that case?

    Hope to hear from you :)

  117. Rachel Rathburn says

    These look great! As a college student pursuing baking, delicious healthy recipes are what I look for! Love what you do and your entire purpose, keep it up, we need more people like you. Can’t wait to try these over spring break!

  118. Allyson says

    I saw your video on instastories and had to try them. I have tried other date balls, but these are amazing! They will definitely hit the spot when I get a chocolate craving, they taste super rich and delicious.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Your Vitamix should work! You may have to give it a couple stirs to make sure it mixes throughout though!

      • Nicolle says

        I actually had a hard time with my vitamix dry container- had to finish mixing by hand. What type of food processor do you use? I need something that can handle these yummy energy bites!

  119. Lenore says

    What is the purpose of the hemp seeds? I have never used them and wonder what could take their place. Where do you find them?
    Interesting recipe.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lenore! Hemp seeds are a great protein source and healthy fats! You can find them in most grocery stores! Flax seeds may be a good replacement but I haven’t tested!

      • Stephanie Gresham Gresham says

        I have hemp hearts. Would those work for the seeds? I’m new. LOL And I’m going to try cashews instead of walnuts because my husband is allergic to tree nuts. I can’t wait to try it.

  120. Maram says

    Yumm these sounds delicious i will be making them with my sukkari dates they are sweet like caramels ? But i have small question can i know the brand of your food processor?

    • Michelle says

      She has the food processor that she uses in her “shop” section on the site. It’s CuisinArt if I do recall correctly.

  121. Denise J. says

    Hi Dana:
    These look delicious!! Will make them this week.
    Thank you for adding the weight of ingredients. Very helpful!

  122. Natalie says

    I’m such a huge fan of energy bites. I’ve never tried using hemp before, but this looks so incredible I’m going to see if I can find some on my next shopping trip

    – Natalie