Chocolate + Nut Butter Energy Chunks

>> Wednesday, January 28, 2015

It’s been a while since I posted a good energy chunk recipe. I’m actually working on one that’s GORP-based, so keep your eyes peeled for that soon. In the meantime, I needed something to snack on before my workouts. I love the instant jolt of energy I get from these little balls. Yet, I don’t experience a huge sugar crash because the sweetness is naturally derived.

These energy chunks are great for snacks and dessert. Especially when you’re doing a Weekends-Off Diet approach. Ada loves them, too. If you’d rather let the nut butter steal the show, leave out the cocoa powder. Toss in chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, and anything else your heart desires.

Whatever you do, enjoy!


Makes 20-24 balls. Gluten-free and vegan.

What you’ll need . . . 
  • 12 pitted dates
  • 4 heaping tablespoons nut butter (I used PB)*
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups GF rolled oats
  • pinch sea salt
* Would also work with sunflower butter, soy butter, etc. -- any kind of substitute you like!

Method . . . 
  1. Pulse dates in your food processor until they break up a bit. 
  2. Then add the rest of the ingredients minutes the maple syrup and vanilla extract and pulse. 
  3. Add in the maple syrup and vanilla extract until your mixes well incorporated and sticks together. You may wish to add more/less maple syrup depending on your sweetness and/or texture preference.
  4. Scoop out in heaping tablespoons onto wax paper. Then roll into balls.
  5. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week.


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