These chocolate macaroon energy balls only require 3 ingredients to make and come together in minutes! All you need is some dates, shredded coconut and cocoa powder!
So it’s been a pretty rainy week so far, which always makes it a bit harder for me to create and photograph new recipes. The rain this week has led to especially dark and cloudy weather. Besides the fact that this weather completely drains my energy (anyone else?) I also prefer not to photograph my dishes when the lighting is too dark. Maybe it’s time to look into shooting in artificial light soon!
So while I haven’t made any new recipes this week, I luckily had this recipe for these chocolate macaroon energy balls that I prepared a couple weeks ago!
I’m so excited to share this recipe on the blog today because it must be one of the simplest recipes I’ve ever made. I’m talking three ingredients, one food processor, and five minutes type of easy.
I always love making raw desserts & treats, especially in the summer months. It’s nice to not have to use the oven (which heats up the whole house) and just use ingredients that can be eaten as is. If you like making raw treats, you’ll want to make sure you have a food processor handy. It’s the ultimate kitchen applicant for raw “baking.”
The base of these energy balls starts with dates. I always recommend using Medjool dates for energy balls and granola bars, because they tend to be stickier than regular dates and act as the “glue” that holds everything together. They also have a really sweet and caramel-like taste to them, which is just delicious! They’re kind of like the chocolatey cousin to my salted caramel coconut bliss balls.
If you don’t have Medjool dates on hand or prefer to use regular dates, just made sure to soak them in some warm water for 5 minutes or so. Then drain them and use. This will help the dates absorb some moisture and make them stickier.
Next, this recipe calls for unsweetened shredded coconut. Make sure to check that the packaging says “unsweetened” on it! If you use sweetened coconut you’ll end up with overly sweetened macaroons that are loaded with processed sugars. I generally use this brand.
The third ingredient (and star ingredient if you ask me) is cocoa powder! You’ll want to use a high-quality cocoa powder to make these energy balls. Cheap cocoa powder can be much more bitter and won’t have as great of a taste. (Though if you can only get your hands on the baking cocoa powder at your local grocery store, don’t worry! They will still taste good.)
These chocolate macaroon energy bites are great to make on a food prep day and store in the fridge for the week. They’re great to grab on the go, after a workout, or for a little treat. These are one of my favourite afternoon snacks with a cup of tea!
These chocolate macaroon energy bites are:
- Only use 3 ingredients
I love regular chocolate macaroon cookies, but if you don’t want to deal with baking and cooking these little energy balls pack all the same great flavour! They also freeze well, so you can double the recipe and store a batch in the freezer to have on hand.Print
These chocolate macaroon energy balls are no-bake and only use 3 ingredients!
- 1 1/2 cups Medjool dates
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup high-quality cocoa powder
- Extra shredded coconut for rolling (optional)
- Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor until combined.
- Use your hands to roll into balls.
- (Optional) Roll the balls into a plate of shredded coconut to coat
Keep these energy bites refrigerated
- Serving Size: 1 ball
- Calories: 209
- Sugar: 23g
- Fat: 10g
- Saturated Fat: 8g
- Carbohydrates: 30g
- Fiber: 5g
- Protein: 3g
Keywords: energy balls, bliss balls, energy bites, chocolate macaroon balls
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