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Cocoa-Almond Energy Bite

These gluten-free energy balls come together in minutes in the blender and are flavored with dates, almond butter, and cocoa powder.
Balls of cocoa almond energy bites.
  • Yield 12 servings
  • Prep Time 10 minutes
  • Cook Time 0 minutes


  • 1 cup soft dates
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 3 tbs. almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbs. cocoa powder, plus 2 tbs. for coating


Place all the ingredients (minus the coating) in a powerful blender or food processor.
Blend, scraping down the sides frequently until the mixture forms a coarse purée.
Spread coating on a large plate.
Scoop out level tablespoons of the mixture, then roll into 1-inch balls and place on the plate.
Roll the balls in the coating until well covered, then place in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to a month.

This recipe was originally published on March 1, 2019 on Experience Life, Life Time’s whole-life health and fitness magazine.

Photography by: Andrea D’Agosto; Prop Styling: Alicia Buszczak; Food Stylist: Paul Jackman

Robin Asbell

Robin Asbell is a Minneapolis-based recipe developer and cookbook author.


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