Only 7 ingredients and a super quick prep time to make these delicious energy bites that taste like a chocolate-covered almond!Almond fans anyone?! I actually used to HATE almonds when I was younger. We never had them much growing up and I avoided them when we did. And then when I was in high school my mom went through another health phase (there were lots of those growing up) where she bought tons and tons of nuts, put them in separate glass jars, and set them out on the counter. They were for snacks, quick additions to smoothies, easy to add to salads or baked goods, etc.
When I learned how healthy almonds were I really tried to like them. I kept trying them over and over again until they were just OK. I mostly liked them just because I knew they were good for me. And then when I left for college for my freshman year, my mom sent me with a huge Costco container of COCOA-roasted almonds.
I don’t know if it was the fact that I was a super poor college student (and buying large quantities of nuts weren’t quite in the budget) and/or I was eating plain pasta or rice for the first few weeks of college (no time to cook), but the cocoa-roasted almonds quickly became my favorite snack ever. I became obsessed with them! And funny enough, ever since then I’ve always loved almonds! But it is cocoa or chocolate-hinted almonds that are my ultimate favorite snack.
Enter: cocoa almond energy bites.
These energy bites are our FAVORITES!! They taste like a cocoa-roasted almond with the perfect hint of sweetness (that happens to be from a natural sweetener — honey! ?) They are also super quick to assemble with minimum ingredients…
✔️Almond Butter (I use a store-bought version (Jif) which is quite thick — you may need more dry ingredients if you use a homemade one)
✔️A little vanilla extract
✔️Oats — old-fashioned or quick
✔️Miniature dark chocolate chips (milk or semi-sweet work too!)
However you are probably thinking that it doesn’t look like there are almonds OR oats in this bowl… ⬇
Because, SURPRISE, they are ground up! You will need a high powered blender or food processor to quickly pulse the almonds. Not too long or it turns to almond butter, but just enough to get to the consistency of flour. And then same for the oats — just blend or pulse them until they look like flour!
Then you mix it all together (and you’ll likely need to knead the mixture with your hands!) until a thick dough comes together. Fridge it for 15-20 minutes (makes it easier to work with) and then roll into delicious little bites of heaven. ?
The best part of energy bites is how easy they are to adapt! Feel free to trade out the almond butter for peanut butter (won’t taste as much like a cocoa-roasted almond, but still delicious), agave/maple syrup for honey, add more cocoa powder (or omit it altogether), leave out the chocolate chips, etc. etc.
If you do change these up just try and keep the wet to dry ratios close to the recipe. You can always add a bit more “wet” (honey, almond butter) if the mixture is too crumbly (try kneading it really well first!), or a little more dry (almond powder, oat powder) if it’s too wet.
And adding an almond to each energy bite is completely optional. I mostly did it so these didn’t look like balls of poop in these pictures. Photography brown balls is more challenging than I thought… ?
- 1 and 1/2 cups old fashioned or quick oats
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup honey filled to the brim
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
In a high-powered blender or food processor, add the old fashioned or quick oats. Pulse or blend until it resembles flour. (You may need to stir it around to get all the oats to be fully blended).
*The measurements of oats and almonds should be the measurements BEFORE blending, no need to measure after blending.
Pour into a bowl.
Add the almonds to the processor or blender and pulse until they resemble a flour. Do not blend too long or it turns to almond butter.
Add to the bowl with the cocoa powder. Add in the vanilla, honey, almond butter, and miniature chocolate chips.
Add pinch of salt if desired or if your almond butter isn't salted.
Stir together and then knead the mixture with your hands until a thick dough forms.
If needed you can add more "dry" ingredients or more "wet" ingredients.
Place in the fridge, covered, for 15-20 minutes.
Remove and roll into balls.
Store in an airtight container (in fridge, freezer --delicious!, or at room temperature.)
Recipe hasn't been tested with a natural/no-stir almond butter -- you may need more dry ingredients if you use one. I used Jif almond butter in this recipe.
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