Double Chocolate Energy Bites

So this little bite size idea was brought to you by an awesome reader. She emailed me with a non-paleo recipe of energy bites that were combined using oats and asked if I could come up with something! I love her. Well, oats make poop float in your bloodstream, and I personally don’t want that, so I came up with my own little version of energy bites. And they taste like heaven. Laura said she liked them because they weren’t overly sweet. I personally don’t think there is such thing as “overly sweet” but you get my flow.

OMG. I have the greatest news of the year. I caught a ball in kickball, on Tuesday. I, Juli B., caught a fly ball that a human being had kicked. Ok, if you have no idea why I think this is a big deal, you need to read some of my past posts. I don’t like balls sports. Or, really, sports in general. I like being in a kitchen. Or lifting a barbell over my head. But when a ball is flying my way, I freeze. Seriously seize up. So when a ball flew in my direction and there was no other teammate around me to take over, I had to do it. I had to put my arms out, say f*ck f*ck f*ck multiple times, and hope for the best. Luck obviously played in my favor that one play. Thank goodness or my kickball team would have thought I was even more inept than I already seem. Did I mention I have a really good looking team? Oh, I did. But seriously, wait until I get a picture for you guys, the men and women are straight up studs.

Have you watched The New Girl yet? You haven’t?! You’re dumb. It’s seriously absolutely hilarious. It’s one of those shows that you have to listen very carefully to because of all the good slip-in comments that bounce around throughout each episode. And it now has my new crushes in the newer episodes….Dermont Mulroney. F*ck he’s dreamy. Like, epic dreamy. I love him. I wish he’d wod with me.


Double Chocolate Energy Bites

  • Yield: 12 1x




  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor (except for the chocolate chips)
  2. Turn food processor on.
  3. Let ingredients mix until dried figs are completely broken down and incorporated.
  4. Then add chocolate chips.
  5. Shape mixture into bite size balls.
  6. Place in the refrigerator to help harden.
  7. Consume.
  8. Keep leftovers in the fridge!
  9. Be merry.

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112 thoughts on “Double Chocolate Energy Bites”

  1. First of all, I completely understand the whole kickball thing, we play on Wed. nights & I have to have a few NorCal margaritas before I can even attempt to make a fool of myself. I tend to run the opposite direction when the ball is coming my way… Second, OMG. anything chocolate & I’m hooked but what are you thoughts on leaving the coconut out (or substituting something else for it?) I don’t mind coconut flavor, but I cannot stand the consistency of coconut flakes or shreds. Would the balls loose their consistency, no one wants flakey balls 😉

    1. The coconut flakes definitely help hold everything together…so you may have flakey balls BUT you could just incorporate more seeds or nuts maybe 🙂

  2. Hi Juli, you make up the best recipes! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now but this is my first time commenting. Thought I should at least say hello since I make your ‘chocolate cake in a mug’ practically every day! Can’t wait to try these too.

  3. U read my mind….my 7 year old brought home a cookbook from his school library and we made the oat version. I was wondering how to make them paleo style. So thanks.

    New Girl IS.FUNNY.AS.SHIT! Love it.

    Oh, and what’s the deal with oats making poop float in your bloodstream?

    Thanks for our kick-ass blog!

    Alyson from Utah

  4. This is my favorite post ever! The use of balls cracks me up. Yes I know that makes me immature but cmon….balls! hehe

  5. Can’t wait to make these! But I seriously don’t understand your word “leftovers.” Leftovers? Isn’t this supposed to be consumed in one sitting? No? Damn.

    And Jo, balls crack me up too! Hehe. Like snatches. Balls and snatches!!

  6. Haha, I got lured onto a kickball team, too! I am totally with you on the “ball sports” thing, but since a kickball isn’t that intimidating (you know, compared to a softball…which are not “soft” at all, as i’ve been knock unconscious by one in the past) a kickball is a lesser evil.

    I’m going to make these balls this weekend and cross my fingers that they’ll last longer then 15 minutes 😉

  7. Been considering adding in a little immediate post-WOD recovery to eat in my car on the way to work instead of waiting the hour it takes to get to my breakfast. I even bought a few nasty protein bars in desperation. Then, boom. Juli B to the rescue again. Making these this weekend.

  8. Okay, poop floating in my bloodstream..can’t be a good thing. PERIOD. I mean the thought alone had me grossed out. (note to self, ditch the oats for the kids too.)

    THOSE look mouth watering. I mean really.

    I played kickball when I was a kid, shoot. swear all you want those balls hurt when you get smacked and man one ever comment on that!!! (totally not a set-up!)

    Love your blog! Still kickin’ butt in the box! One day at a time! Your blog gives me ideas for food for the fam! Thanks Juli! <3 I so have a girl crush on you! LOL

  9. i tried watching that show when it first started. didn’t like it. i heard it’s better now. but i hear that from women. so maybe it’s more of a ladies show. yes? no? maybe?

  10. Juli AND chocolate together again! What a great Thurs this is turning out to be. Not only that, but you made a play in kickball!

    Zooey Deschanel, funny AND attractive = perfect! Now only if she would start Crossfit. Hmmmmm

  11. Hi Juli!! 🙂 These look similar to your fig fudge balls, which are awesome (try them, people!), except these are nuttier and chocolateier. Nom nom nom nom nom.

    Anyhoo, I took your recommendation and got me some Enjoy Life chocolate chips! 🙂 They are pretty delicious. But I was curious … why do you like them specifically? I haven’t adequately explored the chocolate chips options so I can’t compare myself. Also, have you done much with cacao nibs? They taste a little funky on their own but I’m wondering if they’re good to cook with.

    1. I love Enjoy Life as well! The reason I like them is because they are ridiculously tasty, but are made in a gluten free/dairy free/soy free/nut free dedicated facility. In fact, there are only 3 ingredients! In my (limited) experience, this combination of tastiness and purity is just unmatched. But I’ll let Juli answer too because she’s the expert!

    1. I’ve been lucky enough to find them in our nearest Price Chopper (if you have those) in the gluten free/ healthy aisle. It’s really a shame that there’s only ONE aisle dedicated to this stuff in a major grocery store.

  12. Holy hanna, I just made these and the are A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!! Keeping this recipe around. Hopefully I can peel myself away and not eat the whole damn batch. *fingers crossed*.

  13. Love it! Ok, so tell me about the oats and the poop in the bloodstream stuff. My dad’s doctor once told him to NEVER eat oatmeal because it turns into something different when digested, but I have never been able to find information on it. I no longer need to worry for myself, because I eat paleo, but I do worry about my other family members. K thanks. Stay awesome.

    1. Certainly don’t want to speak out of turn, but I believe the reference to the gut would be to “leaky gut” caused by eating grains. I’d suggest a google or going and checking out some of Robb Wolf’s stuff.

  14. Seriously, made these this morning before work. They are delicious and I had one for breakfast and I feel great. I’m not still hungry, and I actually feel kinda hyper (which is not by any means normal for me) I love your site and all your recipes!

  15. Stupendous! The first word to come to mind….stupendous! Made these and took them to my long training ride. Everyone LOVED them!

  16. Arent figs the greatest thing ever??? I know paleo people love their dates, but I think those little bitches are delicious. It is like eating only the middle out of a fig newton…and seriously, who ever ate those things for the bread anyway?

  17. Do you think I could substitute prunes for the figs? I don’t know if the consistency will be okay. Looking forward to making another of your awesome recipes!

  18. Do you think the flaxseed meal could be substituted for almond meal? I just have that in my pantry and trying not to make a run to the store haha. Also the enjoy life choc chips can be bought in bulk on for great prices!!

  19. Love this recipe!! I didn’t have any flax seed meal so I substituted coconut flour and they came out great. My daughter loves them and my husband had about 5 for dessert tonight 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  20. So, I never got around to making these (no surprise), but a co-worker friend of mine who has started stalking the blog decided to make them last night. She hooked me up with about 10 of these. Holy smokes. Better than any brownie, Snickers bar, whatever. Wow. Good.

  21. I just made these. All I could say is “HOLY BALLS!!!” These rock!!! I ididn’t think I had flax meal so I used almong meal instead and then found what ground flax seeds, so I put some of that in there too. Is that the same as flax meal?

  22. Once again, your recipes amaze me. These were delicious! I was out if chocolate chips, and they are so good without them. Thank you, Juli!

  23. This are AMAZING! I’ve made several batches already and also got my mom hooked on them. Any idea how many calories are in each ball?

  24. I love your balls! Yup I said it 🙂 I’ve been stalking your website for weeks now…seriously you rock. I’m going to make these puppies to have in my gear bag at my Spartan race…they couldn’t be more perfect. THANKS!!!

  25. Now I have NO idea what poop in my bloodstream actually would be like but you sure don’t make it sound like a good thing.
    I eat a gluten free diet (due to gluten intolerance) and am admittedly curious of the paleo ways. I am not ready to go completely paleo but I do think these BALLS will help me in my quest to eat “paleo clean” a few days a week and “non-paleo clean” a few days a week.
    Can’t wait to check out more of your recipes!

  26. These were AMAZING!! probably too good and I ate too many and could have eaten a big piece of cake and consumed the same amount of calories but oh well they were delicious! I don’t know what kind of almond butter everyone used but i used crunchy and the little bits of almonds in there were fantastic! gave it a great texture! Thanks for the recipe can’t wait to make them again!

  27. I made these for my team to eat tomorrow at Regionals in between WODS!!! Wish us luck!! Thanks for an awesome recipe Juli!

  28. Juli, I wanted to tell you that last night I tried to make coconut butter. Well, needless to say my mini food chopper just wasn’t doing the trick. Actually…it blew up! That’s it, I’ve had it. I went and finally bought a food processor! Best day of my life! That thing whipped up my coconut butter in no time. I also made these energy bites. Thank you for all your amazing recipes. <3

  29. These are awesome! I made these for a cookout that had half paleo challenge competitors, and half “normal” people. So they were such a big hit, the paleo people were hiding them so the “normal” people wouldn’t eat them up on us. Haha, I gave that recipe out to at least 12 people the next day! Yummmmmm!

  30. These are so fricking good I can hardly stand it. Since I heard about these 2 weeks ago I’ve made 4 batches. Stupid good. And easy too. Cus if something takes more than 10 minutes to prepare I’m out.

  31. I call these babies “power balls” and I have to hide them in my garage fridge so I don’t snarf them in one sitting. Seriously, these little guys are more delicious than Toblerone! Make them!

  32. hi Juli , love ur recipes 🙂 was wondering what can i substitute the chocolate chip for and cocoa powder is just normal unsweetened coco powder > i live in india and sourcing products (esp organic ) is difficult 🙁 please help !

    1. I would just remove the chocolate chips all together if you don’t have them. You could add a bit mroe cocoa powder for more flavor.

  33. Hey Julie, these look amazing! I posted a picture of some date balls I made yesterday on instagram and someone asked if there were any substitutes for dates. I had no idea, so I came do your website as I often do for expert advice and found these. They look so good! I was going to share a link to them on my blog but wondered if I might share one of the photos as well? Thanks!

  34. omg these are fabulous. I made them tonight and I think I will make them on a weekly basis. please… please… never post the calories 🙂

  35. Hello, I am new to this site. I have to say I love the kick ass attitude you have, along with some great recipes. I am a crossfitter in Port Orchard washington. we are small family, but we are the cool, ghetto and always love new food and workouts.


  36. I bought the ingredients to make these 3 weeks ago and just got around to making them today. They are awesome!!! I always crave a little something sweet after dinner and these are going to be perfect!!

  37. I made these today, couldn’t find dried figs so I used 5 whole ones. Turned out great! Kind of hard to mush together, but really worth it!

  38. I made a batch of these and they were awesome. I used cashew butter as I didn’t have any almond butter at the time. At any rate they were so good two weeks later I made another batch. Thanks!

  39. Pffft…. I’ll never make these again!! Stupid things are like crack; I just keep eating one after another!! — in forming them, I used a one-inch ball scoop, packed and pressed the mix in tight, plunked ’em out, and gently rounded them. After refrigerating overnight, they hold together beautifully. I used only a cup of mini chips – will reduce to 1/2 next time I make them. Oh, wait…I said I wouldn’t. Hmm…will just have to try a different nut butter to make it a ‘different’ recipe then. Heh heh….

  40. Love these! Make them for my fiancé consistently so he stops losing weight as a sick rapid pace. I have cut back on sugar and 2 tablespoons of raw honey is so good as well!

    Thanks for this recipe. One of my favorites

    5 stars. Dang recipe rater is spazzing out

  41. These balls are amazing!!!! My kids LOVE them which is great because they hardly eat anything and are quite skinny. These will be the perfect solution to them always wanting unhealthy deserts. YAY!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  42. Ok…am I the only person whose creation of these little balls was a nightmare? Now I don’t have food processor so I used a blender and that may have contributed so most of this. The mixture of ingredients was like cement and I couldn’t get it to mix. I ended up adding at least a cup of water to make it a big easier but still almost blew out my blender ( ah – the smell of appliances frying) and broke a spatula! I ended up mixing by hand and chopping the figs up. They look pretty and taste great but I’d really like to know what I can do to make this process a little easier on me and my kitchen. Any way out there to make these without a food processor?

    1. lol yeah, first problem was not using a food processor. they really do make all the different. chopping everything up won’t be enough. sorry it was such a nightmare!

  43. Ok… I know I’m a little late to the party with this post. But a coworker made “Energy Bites” (oats, peanut butter, etc.) and I was looking for a Paleo alternative. Made these last night and OMG, I think I like them better than the non-paleo ones! My fiance came home and saw them in the fridge thinking it was cookie dough, then ate one, and asked me when I was going to bake the cookies. I love when I sneak in Paleo foods and he doesn’t even realize they’re Paleo! Thank you for another great recipe! Will be making these again next week as a snack for a 12-hour road trip!

    (did I end almost every sentence in an exclamation point? Yes… I think I did.)

  44. 1. Um, omg, these look delicious. Duh.
    2. YES! Another crossfitter who hates sports. I picked dandelions on the soccer field as a kid and never even attempted to score a goal in 2 years. I was a delicate child.
    3. As a gal with three male roommates, YES TO NEW GIRL. I just started it on Netflix a few weeks ago, and the best part is that the aforementioned guy roommates — all 3 of ’em — love watching it with me. Go figure. We’re playing True Americans next week and it’s going to be epic.
    4. About to listen to your interview on Girls Gone WOD! Can’t wait!

  45. Juli,
    Your killin’ me with these post..I can attest to the F*ck,F*ck, F*ck, when doing something new..downhill skiing, jumping off a cliff in Kauai (waterfall), jumping off our boat to save our Springer Spaniel and son, since hubby told him go get the dog!!! Yes, we all have our moments! I watch The New Girl, first I lock the master bedroom door, tell my husband stay out…he has a tendency to talk during such shows including breaking bad, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do! ps…thanks for the recipes

  46. Not to sound stupid, but is there a resource where I can find out more about the paleo way of nutrition and healthy eating? Had a buddy mention it to me, but would like to understand more prior to making a step towards anything. Being a nurse…I like to have the research to support the action.

    Thanks and have a great weekend everyone!


  47. Why raw honey? Is that a flavor issue or just healthier option? I can’t have raw honey. How ’bout agave or coconut syrup?

  48. I have made these a number of times very yummy! I made them today and EPIC failure, they look super greasy, I am not sure what I did wrong 🙁 I am trying to salvage them…….

  49. I used to make the oat version all the time and my fam has been missing their ‘Yummy Balls” (as my young kids insist on calling them) since we went grain free. I can’t wait to make these for on-the-go (or sitting on the couch at 11pm) snacks. Now my kids will again have to wonder why mommy says, “That’s what she said” every time they say they want yummy balls. It’s wrong, so wrong, but I just can’t stop myself…
    Anyway, I adore your recipes and your stories. Thank You!!

  50. These are awesome. My six year old really liked them too. He even took some to school for a snack today! The only thing I did differently was to omit the protein powder. I just didn’t have any.

  51. I substituted cacao nibs and unsweetened carob chips for the chocolate chips. Then, I had everything in the processor before I realized I was out of coconut flakes. I added almond and coconut flours until I got a good consistency. Turned out great! Thank you! My phone won’t let me select a star rating, but I give it five!

  52. If I don’t have a food processor, is there still a way to make these?

    Also don’t want to buy a whole container of cocoa powder for one recipe … if I buy chocolate flavored protein powder, would that solve the problem?

    Thank you!

    1. not really, it’s pretty hard to break the dates down without a food processor. and sure, you could use the protein powder. it won’t taste exactly the same though

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