Choc nut energy balls (refined sugar free)

Chocolate balls with nuts and coconut.


As the mom of two rapidly sprouting munchkins I feel like I hear the words “I’m hungry” constantly. And it’s not as though they are not eating well at meal times, they just seem to burn it all off in no time and before I know it they are back for more. I also have to say that I am getting rather bored of our regular snack repertoire, so I wanted to come up with a delicious nibble that would taste great but also keep them powered up for a while. Enter the energy ball!


Sugar free chocolate and nut balls


This is a fab little no bake, refined sugar free snack to keep in the fridge. The whole family will enjoy the combination of dates, nuts, coconut and peanut butter – yum! Mix it up by using different kinds of nuts or nut butters. You can also roll these energy bites in coconut or cocoa powder if you feel like it. Great for snacking, lunch boxes and grabbing on the go!

If you like this chocolate energy ball recipe you may also enjoy these chocolate energy squares or these date, carrot and apple muffins. (Both are free from refined sugar.)


Chocolate and nut balls

Chocolate date and nut balls.


Cook’s notes –

  • Make gluten free energy balls by using gluten free oats.
  • You can also use regular cocoa powder if you don’t have cacao.
  • Double the recipe for an extra large batch.
  • Replace the honey with brown rice syrup to make vegan energy balls.



  • ¼ cup raw almonds
  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • 150g pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp cacao
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp sugar free peanut butter
  • 1½ tbsp raw honey

1.) Pop the almonds and cashews in a food processor and blitz for a few seconds until finely chopped.

2.) Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and blitz until everything is combined and you have a thick paste.

3.) Roll teaspoonfuls of the mixture into balls. Arrange the balls on a small baking tray and pop them in the fridge to firm up. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.


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