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Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

These chocolate chip energy balls are healthy, naturally sweetened, and full of wholesome ingredients. They make snacking delicious and healthy.

Gluten-Free & Vegan Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

I’m kind of into energy balls lately. I’ve been keeping a never ending supply of Cherry Pie Energy Balls and, my favorite (and yours), Peanut Butter Oat Balls in the refrigerator at all times. Any time I’m hungry, all I have to do is open the fridge and pluck a few from the container.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

When I received a package of Sunsweet Prunes in the mail the other day, I knew exactly what I was going to make: chocolate chip energy balls.

I feel like the prune has a bad reputation, and I’m pretty sure it has everything to do with its name. The word “prune” isn’t the sexiest name. It’s a shame, really, because prunes are so good. They’re sweet, juicy–far juicier than any of the other dried fruit varieties–and rich in antioxidants and fiber.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

I’m gonna say it, because I know you’re all thinking it: they’re nature’s natural laxative, and a pretty dang tasty one, if I do say so myself.

These chocolate chip energy balls are my take on a healthy chocolate chip cookie. You’ll only need 6 simple ingredients to make these healthy, pop-able treats. I used a mixture of old-fashioned oats, almond butter, prunes, honey, vanilla extract, and mini chocolate chips. The mixture comes together easily in the bowl of a food processor or high-powered blender.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

You can easily turn these into a gluten-free treat by swapping regular oats for certified gluten-free oats. If you’re following a vegan diet, swap the honey for some maple syrup.

Each energy ball is packed with protein, fiber, calcium, iron, potassium, antioxidants, Vitamins A, K, and E. All of your health benefits rolled in to one tiny ball. You can feel good and stay healthy all year long!

Healthy Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

Go and get yo’ snack on!

Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

These chocolate chip energy balls are naturally sweetened, full of wholesome ingredients, and 100% healthy.

Yield: 12 energy balls

Total Time: 10 minutes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 12 prunes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

 

Directions:

  1. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse oats until they become a fine crumb.
  2. Add the almond butter, prunes, vanilla, and honey to the bowl. Pulse until the mixture is looks like wet sand. Add the chocolate chips and pulse until just combined.
  3. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

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10 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Energy Balls”

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    shannon @ a periodic table — January 29, 2015 at 8:05 am

    ain’t no ball like an energy ball, because an energy ball don’t stop. *woot!* i want these in front of me right now: i could use some energy and also, chocolate chips.

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Yes! I always keep a stock of energy balls in the fridge for my constant need to snack. Chocolate chips are just a given. Thanks, Shannon!

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    Laura Dembowski — January 29, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I absolutely love Sunsweet prunes! This is a great treat to make with them.

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Me too, Laura! They’re so sweet and juicy. Thanks.

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) — January 29, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    I have been lacking energy lately and these look like the perfect pick me up!

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:14 am

      I know the feeling. It’s always go, go, go. It’s the American way, I guess, but it sure would be nice to take a break. Get yo’self some energy balls in the meantime.

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — January 29, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I’m still obsessed with your pb oat balls and I bet these will be joining them as a new fave!

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:15 am

      Thanks, Kayle. Those pb oat balls are a reader favorite. They’re my #2 most popular recipe on the site. I have to agree, they are delicious.

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    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction — January 30, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I love having snacks like this on hand to get me through long afternoons!

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    • Jennie replied February 2nd, 2015 at 9:15 am

      I wouldn’t get through the day without ’em. Thanks, Jess!

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