Mint Chocolate Energy Balls
Mint chocolate energy balls to enjoy as a healthy snack or sweet treat! They’re filled with cashews, dates, cacao powder, flaxseeds, and a dash of fresh peppermint.
August is here, which means it’s time for another minty chocolate treat to celebrate my birthday. I normally gravitate towards indulgent desserts such as my mint chocolate vegan cheesecake or peppermint slices. But this year, I thought I’d take a bit of a healthier approach and make energy balls!
This mint chocolate recipe is filled with chocolatey goodness, plus it’s loaded with wholesome ingredients you won’t feel guilty about. That’s why I love energy balls for a healthy snack or after dinner sweet treat.
Mint Chocolate Energy Balls Ingredients
The base formula for energy balls includes healthy fats, fiber, protein and carbs. And today, we’re adding a bit of cacao powder for rich chocolatey flavor. Here’s what’s in them.
- Cashews: A great source of healthy protein, fats, and carbs!
- Medjool Dates: Not only do dates provide natural sweetness, but they’re a great source of fiber.
- Cacao Powder: I always grab cacoa powder (which is slightly less processed), but unsweetened cocoa powder works as well.
- Ground Flaxseeds: These little seeds are incredible for improving digestion, and have many other health benefits!
- Peppermint Extract: Just one teaspoon is needed for the right amount of minty freshness. And if you’re wondering which brand I use, be sure to check out the recipe notes below!
- Salt: A pinch of salt helps to balance out all the flavors.
Find the printable recipe with measurements below
How To Make Mint Chocolate Energy Balls
To create the best texture (that can easily roll up into a ball), it’s best to use a food processor. But if you use a high-powered blender, just make sure to pulse the mixture (scraping down the sides as needed), so it doesn’t get completely blended.
- Blend. Add everything into a food processor and blend until it becomes a gritty, sand-like texture.
- Scoop. Use a medium cookie scoop to scoop and roll the mixture into balls with your hands – that’s it!
The Best Meal Prep Snack
If energy balls aren’t part of your meal prep, it’s time to add them. Not only do they store incredibly well in the fridge, but in the freezer as well!
To store: These can be stored either in the fridge or on your countertop at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. Just keep them in a sealed bag or container and you’re good to go.
To freeze: Yep, you can freeze these for up to 3 months! But make sure to add parchment paper in between so they don’t stick together.
More Energy Balls To Enjoy
The beauty of energy balls are that they’re so customizable. Here’s a few ideas to get you started.
- Banana Bread Energy Balls: Perfect for when you want bite sized banana bread!
- Mango Date Energy Balls: If you’re a mango lover, this one’s for you.
- No Bake Energy Balls: This is a classic chocolate and oatmeal combo.
- Matcha Pistachio Bliss Balls: Get your daily dose of matcha with this extra green bliss ball.
If you make these mint chocolate energy balls, let me know how it turned out! I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below.
Mint Chocolate Energy Balls
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 10 pitted Medjool Dates
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- pinch of sea salt
- Add all of the ingredients to a food processor, and process on high until the mixture starts to stick together.
- Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop a ball and roll it in between your hands. Then place it on a plate. Continue this process until you've used up all the dough.
- It’s best to use fresh dates that are nice and moist. If your dates are a bit dried out, you can either soak them in warm water for 10 minutes, or add 1 to 2 teaspoons of water to the food processor. If you have problems with the energy balls not sticking together, you likely need to add a little bit of water and then blend some more.
- When it comes to peppermint extract, this is my favorite! I think it has the most “real” peppermint flavor.