These quick and easy orange chocolate energy balls are a great way to satisfy your sweet craving. These little energy bites are not only really delicious but also so easy to make. You can have these finished in about 15 minutes!
I've been on a bit of energy bites kick lately! The reason for this is I am a snacker and I have started to really love sweet snacks. These are a much better option for me than the other things I have been snacking on. Maybe you feel the same way.
If you're looking to add more variety to your snacks, try these other flavors of energy bites! Sprouted sorghum energy bites flavored with freeze-dried raspberries and chocolate coconut bites are two of my favorites!
Why You Will Love This Recipe
- Made with simple ingredients. If you don't have them on hand, they are easy to find in most grocery stores.
- Only one step to make these chocolate energy bites. Everything goes into the food processor. It is so simple.
- Chocolate + Orange. Need I say more? Seriously if you haven't tried it, they go together so well!
- Dates: A natural sweetener that's perfect for these balls. Buy pitted dates to save yourself time from having to remove the seeds.
- Almonds: Whole or sliced work just fine. I find chopped sliced almonds work great as an optional topping too.
- Orange zest: Use more for a stronger orange flavor. When zesting the orange avoid the white pith which can be quite bitter.
- Freshly squeezed orange juice: Use this for the consistency of your chocolate orange balls. You want it to be a little sticky, but not too sticky.
- Sea salt or salt flakes: I like a little salty undertone, so I used a little sprinkle on each one. If you aren't into salt, don't use it! I find flaky salt works best.
- Cocoa powder: You want to use unsweetened. I love Hershey's Special Dark for its deep chocolatey flavor.
How to Make Orange and Chocolate Energy Balls
These chocolate orange balls go together quickly and easily. Here are the main steps but you will want to check the detailed instructions in the recipe card before starting.
- Add the dates and nuts to a food processor and Pulse them for about 20-30 seconds. I like to break them up first before adding in other ingredients.
- Add in the remaining ingredients, minus the toppings. Pulse until all the ingredients are well combined. It didn't take me long, maybe 30-45 seconds.
- Scoop balls onto a prepared baking sheet. I love OXO small scoops. I think they are a perfect size!
- I like to roll mine into round balls. If you don't care, skip this step. The dough will be a little sticky. If that bothers you, wet your hands just a touch.
- Once they are rolled, place a sliced almond on top and a little sprinkle of salt. If it won't stick, wet the ball just a little bit on top, and the almond will stick to this.
- Refrigerate the balls for at least 30 minutes and then enjoy them and store the rest.
How to Store
Store in an airtight container. Five-ingredient chocolate balls can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge for 7-10 days. Since a batch lasts me a week, I prefer to store them in the fridge.
Freezer: These energy balls can also be frozen. So make a double batch! When you're ready to enjoy, take out the desired amount to eat and they thaw out at room temperature in a few short minutes. They will last up to three months.
Expert Tips and FAQs
Shape the balls into similar-sized balls. I find a cookie scoop or a tablespoon works super well to measure out the mixture.
Use flaky salt rather than fine table salt. This adds a burst of salty flavor without being overly salty.
Can you freeze chocolate energy balls?
Yes, you can! Place the entire baking tray in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Once they're frozen, transfer the balls to an airtight container to store.
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Quick and Easy Orange Chocolate Energy Balls
- 1 cup dates, pitted
- 1 cup almonds use whole or sliced almonds
- 1-2 tablespoons orange zest I like a fairly strong orange flavor, so I used 2.
- Fresh squeezed orange juice. Use this for the consistency you are going for. You want it to be a little sticky, but not too sticky. I used about 1 tablespoon.
- ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder I love Hershey's Special Dark for this.
- sliced almonds Optional for topping. If you don't care about that, then don't use them.
- sea salt or salt flakes I like a little salty undertone, so I used a little sprinkle on each one. If you aren't into the salt, don't use it!
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Add dates and nuts to food processor. Pulse them first for about 20-30 seconds. I like to break them up first before adding in other ingredients. Next add in remaining ingredients, minus the toppings. Pules until well combined. It didn't take me long, maybe 30-45 seconds.
- Now, scoop balls onto baking sheet. I like to roll mine into round balls. If you don't care, skip this step. The dough will be a little sticky. If that bothers you, wet your hands just a touch.
- Once they are rolled, if you are topping, place a sliced almond on top and a little sprinkle of salt. If it won't stick, wet the ball just a little bit on top, the almond will stick to this.
- To store, I refrigerate the balls for at least 30 minutes. Once they are slightly hardened, store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.
- Now, sit back and enjoy this goodness. You deserve it!