Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Energy Balls
Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Energy Balls will help you satisfy your chocolate cravings with a mix of protein, healthy fats, and naturally sweet dates and coconut. Pop these bite sized treats in your mouth for a quick, healthy snack and energy fix.
About a month ago I was talking about a recipe for Pina Colada Energy Balls that I had posted last September. Madeline had no idea what I was talking about. It was funny, because I’m convinced that she had eaten them (and loved them).
It really stood out in my mind because I posted this recipe as we were going through our crazy move and it seemed like it was the only good thing in the house to eat at the time. Those energy balls pretty much sustained us through marathon sessions of packing and heavy lifting.
I especially remember Kevin liking them a ton. It was funny because he specifically told me not to tell him what was in them, because he knew they were a healthy snack and he was sure he would suddenly stop liking them if he knew what the recipe was.
But I have a memory of the kids eating them, too. I even showed Madeline the post and nothing about energy balls rung a bell for her at all.
So, I thought: Geez, I guess I had better make some energy balls again. Instead of making the exact same version, I decided to experiment with a new take: Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Energy Balls.
I had a bunch of flake coconut and macadamia nuts leftover from the Coconut Chia Pudding Parfaits. I knew I wanted to make something with a bit of chocolate flavor to it because I really love the pairing of chocolate and coconut together (who doesn’t?).
The great thing about recipes like this is that they’re easily adaptable. Using the same, or approximate, measurements you can substitute different nuts or dried fruits.
You can change things up even more if you want to add mix-ins for an extra burst of flavor and texture. Ingredients like mini chocolate chips or pumpkin seeds work really well, or in the case of these Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Energy Balls, I added both (because why not?).
The other thing I love about Energy Balls is that they are easy to make. Literally, you just put most of the ingredients in the food processor and process them together until you get a thick mixture that is like the consistency of cookie dough.
After making the base of the recipe, I stirred in the mini chocolate chips and the pumpkin seeds.
I love the extra punch of chocolate flavor while still maintaining a healthy balance and the pumpkin seeds offer a nice color contrast and an extra crunch, plus they’re good for you.
After forming the balls, I rolled the mixture into balls and coated the outsides with shredded coconut. Super simple!
Energy Balls are the perfect after school snack for kids. I also like to have one or two mid morning or before I pick up the kids from school when I need a little snack boost between meals while I’m working.
I love coming up with healthy snack options that fuel the body while satisfying a little bit of a sweet craving. These Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Energy Balls feature plenty of good-for-you ingredients: macadamia nuts, chia seeds, dates, pumpkin seeds, and coconut oil.
Making this recipe didn’t refresh Madeline’s memory about the other energy ball recipe, but she did love eating them and that’s a win in my book.
Next time you’re craving a sweet snack, try these Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Energy Balls.
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Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Energy Balls
Prep Time: 20 minutes minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Chocolate Coconut Macadamia Energy Balls will help you satisfy your chocolate cravings with a mix of protein, healthy fats, and naturally dates and coconut. Pop these bite sized treats in your mouth for a quick snack and energy fix.
- 3/4 cup Macadamia Nuts
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- 1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- 30 Dates, pits removed
- 1/2 tablespoon Coconut Oil
- 1/2 tablespoon Honey
- 4 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds
- 1/4 cup Mini Dark Chocolate Chips
- 1/2 cup Finely Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
Fit the bowl of a food processor with a standard chopping blade. Add the macadamia nuts, chia seeds, and the unsweetened coconut flakes to the bowl. Place the processing bowl on the food processor unit. Fit it with the lid, according to manufacturer instructions, and pulse the mixture 10 times to mix the ingredients and roughly shop them.
Add the dates, coconut oil, honey, and cocoa powder to the macadamia nut mixture. Replace the lid and process for 1 minute, or until the mixture becomes the consistency of thick dough.
Turn the mixture out into a mixing bowl and stir in the pumpkin seeds and mini dark chocolate chips. Divide the dough evenly into 30 rolled balls.
Then, roll each ball in the 1/3 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut to coat the outside.
Place the rolled balls on a baking sheet and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour before serving.
Store leftovers in a zip top storage bag in the refrigerator. It is not necessary to bring them to room temperature prior to serving. They taste great cold. Consume within 5 days for best results.
Adapted from Pina Colada Energy Balls