Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites! It only takes 7 ingredients and 10 minutes to make this easy & healthy snack recipe! Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, date-sweetened & vegan!

Happy Thursday! Today’s recipe is for all you snack-loving, party people out there!  These Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites are made with only seven (7!) ingredients and come together in less than 10 minutes! These little balls of chocolatey bliss are crazy delicious and healthy! They’re paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and are only sweetened with dates! Simply almonds, dates and a few other ingredients come together beautifully to make the snack of your dreams!

I have to pause briefly to say…”I’m in love, I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it!” 🙂 My quest to find the very best almond butter is over! Barney Almond Butter is truly the most delicious almond butter on the market! It’s smooth with a creamy texture and rich flavor! Plus their “bare” variety only has ONE ingredient…almonds! It’s definitely a new pantry staple for me!

Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites! It only takes 7 ingredients and 10 minutes to make this easy & healthy snack recipe! Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, date-sweetened & vegan!

Almond Butter Energy Bites: Method 

Ok…now back to the recipe! When making energy bites, always start by processing the dates and nuts together! These are the two most difficult ingredients to process, so it’s important to be sure that they’re finely ground and mixed well before adding the rest.

Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites! It only takes 7 ingredients and 10 minutes to make this easy & healthy snack recipe! Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, date-sweetened & vegan!

After processing all the ingredients for 30-60 seconds the mixture will begin to clump together! At this point it’s time to stop processing because the mixture is ready to be formed into balls!  I like to keep these Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites small (about 1 TBS of mixture per ball), but you can make them any size you like!

Be careful because you do not want to over process this mixture or the energy bites will turn out greasy. The picture below shows how the optimal “clumpiness” you are looking to achieve for energy bite perfection.

You can leave your Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites bare, or you can drizzle them with extra almond butter! I think they taste best cold, so I store them in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer!

Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites! It only takes 7 ingredients and 10 minutes to make this easy & healthy snack recipe! Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, date-sweetened & vegan!

Almond Butter Energy Bites: Substitutions 

As always I recommend making this recipe exactly as it’s written! But here are a few notes on substitutions:

Almonds: To keep these balls raw choose raw almonds. 1 cup of any nut variety will work in this recipe! To keep it paleo make sure you choose almonds, cashews, pecans or walnuts! {i.e. no peanuts}!

Almond Butter: Any variety of nut or seed butter will work in this recipe. My two favorites are almond butter and cashew butter! Just be sure to choose a variety that meets your dietary needs!

Almond milk: Any variety of non-dairy milk can be used with delicious results! I’ve used coconut milk and cashew milk in this recipe!

Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites! It only takes 7 ingredients and 10 minutes to make this easy & healthy snack recipe! Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, date-sweetened & vegan!

Almond Butter Energy Bites

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 18-20 energy bites

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Line a baking pan with wax paper, set aside. (These will not be baked! This is where the bites will be placed after they are rolled into balls).
  2. Put dates and almonds in the container of a food processor fitted with the “S” blade. Process until mixture is resembles a coarse meal and is uniform throughout.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients (almond butter, almond milk, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt) to the food processor and process until the mixture just starts to clump together. (Do not over process here or the bites will become oily)!
  4. Roll 1 TBS portions of the mixture into balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Place the baking sheet lined with energy bites into the refrigerator or freezer for 30-60 minutes or until they are firm.
  6. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator or freezer!
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Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites! It only takes 7 ingredients and 10 minutes to make this easy & healthy snack recipe! Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, date-sweetened & vegan!

Everyone in my family LOVES these Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites. My husband, who usually doesn’t care for my “healthy” treat options (because he’d rather eat jelly beans and snickers bars LOL) raves about these. My kids think I’m feeding them cookies for a snack (#bossmom)! And I like to enjoy them in the silence that follows all three of my babes settling in to their nap/quiet time in the afternoon. 🙂

Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites! It only takes 7 ingredients and 10 minutes to make this easy & healthy snack recipe! Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, date-sweetened & vegan!

Now for some snack time chit chat. We are potty training my son and so far it’s going really well! Since he’s a full year older than my daughter was when she was potty trained, he understands it much better than she did. He’s on this independence kick and wants to do everything himself (hallelujah!!!), so he’s rocking the undies like a champ.

The only thing I do NOT understand (because I’m a lady) is how in the world that boy gets pee on the back of his shirt! He’ll come out of the bathroom and I notice a big wet spot on his back! I asked my husband how something like that can happen (you know…physics) and even he is stumped! Luckily it’s happening less and less as he gets used to the mechanics of it all…but still! And of course it never happens when I’m in there because he’s extra careful when he has an audience. 😉

Also…the other day Gabe went in to go potty and there was some toilet paper in there (someone is still learning how to flush). Before I could even realize what was happening (and I was not distracted) he reached his chubby little hand into the toilet, stirred the paper around and then put that same hand in.his.mouth! YUCK! I screamed (so so loud) because it was so SO gross and he just looked at me! I tried to explain the depth of disgustingness in what he did, but he just shrugged, washed his hands and went about his business. BOYS…sigh…

I’m super grateful to no longer have two in diapers (seriously), but I can’t believe my little guy is going to be 3 in 16 days (yep, we started counting down a longgggg time ago)! 😉 Prepare yourself for lots of Gabe talk in the next two weeks as I reflect on his sweet little life, because he’s my boy and I can’t help it! 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful, dry, day! 🙂

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Chocolate Almond Butter Energy Bites! It only takes 7 ingredients and 10 minutes to make this easy & healthy snack recipe! Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, date-sweetened & vegan!