Nutty Fruit Energy Balls Coated in Dark Chocolate

These energy balls are a perfect treat for anyone looking for a healthy, energy-boosting snack. Packed with nuts, dried fruit, and coated in rich dark chocolate, they are free from flour and refined sugar, making them an excellent option for a nutritious snack. Let’s dive into the recipe.


For the Energy Balls:

  • 1 cup dates, pitted (soaked in warm water for 10 minutes if they’re not soft)
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots or raisins
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or flaxseeds (optional for added nutrition)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
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For the Coating:

  • 100g (about 3.5 oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil

Optional for Decoration:

  • A handful of crushed nuts, shredded coconut, or sea salt


Prepare the Energy Balls:

  1. Blend Ingredients: In a food processor, combine the dates, almonds, walnuts, dried apricots (or raisins), shredded coconut, chia seeds (if using), vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Process until the mixture comes together and forms a sticky dough.
  2. Shape the Balls: Take small amounts of the mixture and roll into balls, about the size of a walnut. Place the formed balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Chill: Freeze the balls for about 20 minutes to firm up, making them easier to dip in chocolate.

Prepare the Chocolate Coating:

  1. Melt Chocolate: Break the dark chocolate into small pieces and add it to a small bowl along with the coconut oil. Melt the mixture using a double boiler or microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring between each burst until smooth.
  2. Dip the Balls: Once the chocolate is melted and smooth, dip each energy ball into the chocolate, rolling it around with a fork to coat evenly. Let the excess chocolate drip off before placing the ball back on the parchment paper.
  3. Decorate: If desired, sprinkle some crushed nuts, shredded coconut, or a pinch of sea salt on top of the balls while the chocolate is still melted.

Chill and Serve:

  1. Set the Chocolate: Place the chocolate-coated balls in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, or until the chocolate has fully set.
  2. Storage: Store the energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for longer storage.

Enjoy these Nutty Fruit Energy Balls Coated in Dark Chocolate as a delicious and nutritious snack that’s perfect for a quick energy boost, a healthy treat on the go, or a delightful dessert that you can feel good about eating.