Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

rolled in cocoa powder

I started making these balls last winter around Christmas time.  They taste almost like a truffle.  Almost.  These involve no cooking. 

You can tailor them to whatever your tastes are.  I always use chocolate because it’s my favorite.  This is my standard recipe, but you can substitute any nut instead of pecans or any nut butter instead of peanut butter.  You can also experiment with any dried fruit instead of dried cranberries.


rolled in wheat germ



Finally, you can roll them in cocoa powder or coconut instead of the wheat germ.  Just don’t substitute out anything for the dates, it’s what helps give the balls their shape.

Energy Bites is a good name for these because they have a lot of very nutritious and energizing ingredients. 




Total Time:  45 Minutes, Hands-On Time:  15 minutes

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Makes about 16 one-inch balls



1/2 cup dates

½ cup pecans

¼ cup cocoa powder

1/3 cup peanut butter

½ cup reduced sugar dried cranberries

¼ cup ground flax

Water, as needed

3 tbsp wheat germ



  1. Pit and roughly chop the dates.
  2. Add the dates, pecans, cocoa powder, peanut butter, cranberries, and flax seeds to a food processor fitted with a blade attachment.
  3. Pulse the ingredients and add water (a very small amount at a time because you don’t want them to turn gummy). Pulse until the ingredients have made a dough.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Roll into one-inch balls, then rolls the balls in the wheat germ. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.


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