Choco-nut energy balls

These chocolatey, nutty energy balls were an great, convenient energy snack in my first few weeks of being a new mum, as well as a delicious treat!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snacks and Sides
Servings 16 balls
Calories 352 kcal
Dairy Free, Kid Friendly


  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 4 tablespoons nut butter e.g. hazelnut, almond, cashew nut or even peanut
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder or good quality dark cocoa powder e.g Dutch cocoa
  • 4 medjool dates pitted (or 6-7 normal dried dates soaked in boiling water for 5 minutes)
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons tahini
  • tablespoons maple syrup optional


  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until well combined and the mixture holds together well when pressed between your fingers. If the mixture is too dry – add a bit more nut butter; if the mixture is too wet, add a couple more tablespoons of rolled oats. Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls. Store in an airtight container in the pantry (up to 1 week) or fridge (up to 2 weeks). Alternatively freeze for up to two months.


They’re dairy and refined sugar-free. To make gluten-free, replace oats with ground almonds.