Mocha Hazelnut Energy Balls
I am sleeeeeepy this morning. Last night I popped some NyQuil since I’ve been waking up with a sore throat in the mornings this past week. My husband had food poisoning (but maybe it was the stomach flu) then I ended up seeing 50 Shades Darker with a few friends who were coughing a bit, so I finally caught something. Damn winter. It’s seriously the pits. So I’m having a hard time keeping my eyes open to write this post. No seriously, I keep falling asleep every 4 words. This post may be short lived….
So instead of talking about what’s going on in life, let’s just talk about these balls. I’ve become obsessed with making energy balls as a little treat. I’ll make them, keep them in the fridge, and eat them as a treat after dinner before I head off to bed. I seriously love them right now! And I linked a couple others that I’ve made so you should totally make those, too! Have a little ball party! Have a ball of a time! HA! See what I did there?!
OMGIWANTTOSEEBEAUTYANDTHEBEASTSOBAD!! I’m seriously counting down the days until Beauty and The Beast comes out. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen the cartoon version and I think Emma Watson is going to crush it. I get chills every time I see the commercial? How weird is that?
Ok, that’s literally all my brain can handle today. I’ve fallen asleep already 6 times while writing this post. Sickness is so gross. I hate it. Ok, love you, bye bye, see you tomorrow, tomorrow will be better, go kick Thursday’s ass!
Mocha Hazelnut Energy Balls
- Yield: 14-15 balls 1x
- 1 cup chocolate hazelnut butter (I used this brand or make your own from Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook on page 292)
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 8 pitted dates
- 2 tablespoons chocolate protein powder
- 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
- 2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon espresso powder
- 1 tablespoon maple sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- Place all ingredients in a food processor (except for the chocolate chips) and pulse until completely combine. Then fold in chocolate chips until combine.
- Use a cookie scoop to scoop mixture then press mixture firmly in the cookie scoop. Remove then form ball with hands. Repeat until all mixture is gone, about 14-15 energy balls.
- Place in fridge to firm up for about 30 minutes. And store in fridge until serving!
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20 thoughts on “Mocha Hazelnut Energy Balls”
Please get some rest before answering these questions:
Do you eat at scheduled times or just when you are hungry? I know you said you normally stop eating when you feel full, but sometime I struggle with trusting whether I am truly hungry or need food versus snacking. Do you go with a general rule of thumb for the size of your meals based on what keeps you full?
I think you mentioned it before, but often do you snack?
Do you drink a lot of caffeine? Like coffee throughout the day or just in the morning?
What are your thoughts on energy drinks like RUNA?
When you eat desert do you eat a little less at dinner? Do you usually eat desert right away after dinner or later? also do you only eat desert or a snack like this if you are hungry before bed?
I feel like I could convince myself that I never actually need desert because I had a regular meal, but what is the fun in that?
i don’t eat at specific times but i definitely always have breakfast, lunch and dinner and i’m usually hungry around the same time of day, every day. when it comes to snacks, i just eat when i’m hungry, i don’t really time those out. i try to make sure i’m drinking a ton of water and that helps me figure out if i’m actually hungry or just bored. i think i’m pretty good at eyeing how much i should eat when it comes to protein, fat and carbs, but sometimes i’m more hungry and go back for seconds. but i always stop when i’m satisfied.
i snack probably 2-3 times per day, sometimes a yogurt, sometimes smoked salmon, sometimes gf granola with almond milk.
i don’t drink a ton of caffeine. i have 1 coffee per day, sometimes will have a cold brew coffee in the afternoon if i’m dragging, but i try to not drink more than 1 cup very often
i’ve never heard of RUNA but i’m not a fan of energy drinks, not matter how “clean” they are
i don’t change my eating habits if i plan to have dessert. i want the full nutrition from my meal. sometimes i eat dessert right away and other times i wait. and i just eat dessert when i’m craving it, as long as i’m not craving it every day, because that’s showing me a sugar addiction
Not feeling so great myself, so maybe more than my brain can handle. But why do you eat an energy ball before bed?
because it tastes good and i like it
Sorry! Energy Ball + sleep doesn’t make sense to me. But. I am going to try them. In the morning. Your buffalo chicken spaghetti squash is only thing my husband will eat spaghetti squash in!
didn’t say you had to eat them at night
I like to keep energy balls in my fridge for a little after dinner/before bed treat too! Brooke, the “energy” basically just means it has some sort of protein in it and protein before bed has shown to do wonders for the waistline. Keeps your metabolism revved up throughout the night! As this recipe shows, there is no caffeine in it so it won’t keep you up at night if that is what you are worried about.
I love a little chocolate something something before bed too! I ordered your Paleomg pack from eating evolved and I’m so excited!
yay!! hope you love it!
YUM! I’m so excited to try these- we LOVE your pumpkin spice energy bites. They’re the perfect little after-dinner treat and one batch lasts forever. Also, thank you for the Eating Evolved promo! My order should be arriving today and I CANT.FRIGGIN.WAIT.
These look amazing! Plus your photography is ON POINT. I can tell that you must have a lot of fun with it and I really, truly appreciate it (it’s also super inspiring from an artistic AND food standpoint)!
thank you so much, anna! i had someone tell me not to over style my photos but that’s one of the most fun parts! so thank you for the support!
Thank you for your big balls! I love these. The coffee gives it just the right richness and dept of flavor. I used almond butter and cocoa nibs, in place of choc.. chips (only because I was out). Added a good crunch. So delish!
For your sore throat, sucking on a fresh half clove of garlic for 20 minutes a few times a day works miracle. Garlic’s antimicrobial, antiviral and antifungal properties can help relieve the common cold as well as other infections. Garlic contains Allicin, which is believed to be the magic compound. And the sulphur content stimulates your immune system. You may alienate a lot of folk with the pungent odor (and a few vampires) but it is my go to sore throat prevention when my throat starts to itch and feels a little sore. I also increase my probiotics, bone broth and tea with honey and lemon. Fresh garlic can slightly burn, but you get used to it.
Hope this helps for next time.
Oh, and eager to make these balls.
First I can’t stop eating these! Second, you have an awesome list of Denver restaurants in the travel section of the blog – my boyfriend and I will be there for 1 night only next Monday – which one should we choose?!
guard and grace for dinner
Can’t wait to try these! Your backgrounds and flowers really look AMAZEBALLS! Way to go Juli!
Hey Juli! I tried making these last night and for some reason they didn’t combine properly. They were still liquidy and I couldn’t form them into balls. I just popped them on a sheet pan and let them sit in the fridge (and they still taste delish!) but I’m wondering what I did wrong so I can fix it for next time? The only thing I can think of is not pulsing it in the food processor long enough? I’m a food processor newbie so this would make the most sense haha. Thanks for your help!
i’m not totally sure. did you miss the shredded coconut because that really helps it combine. but not sure why it would be liquidy!