The Ultimate Energy Bites

These energy balls are filled with all the most amazing super foods in the world – almonds, walnuts, hemp protein, flaxseed, chia seeds, coconut oil, raw cacao and medjool dates. They really are little bites of perfect health. Although of course they are unbelievably delicious too! The most awesome thing about all of these  ingredients is that they’re almost all totally packed with all kinds of awesome plant proteins, hemp protein being the richest sources of plant protein available, which means they give you buckets of energy and keep you bouncing around all day long. I love having one for breakfast with my blueberry and banana smoothie to ensure I start the day in the most delicious, healthiest way possible! They make an amazing afternoon pick-me-up too, way better than any chocolate bar. Make some on a Sunday night to keep in your fridge all week, that way when you get a snack attack it won’t upset your heathy eating!

The fun thing about these though is that they really are just as delicious as any chocolate bar. I know that sounds ridiculous, but trust me on this one – I was a sugar addict once too! The subtle hints of raw cacao totally satisfy your chocolate cravings anyway, while also giving you one of the best, richest sources of antioxidants,  even better than berries! This subtle chocolatey-ness combines so perfectly with the nutty almonds and walnuts, the creamy coconut , caramel tasting dates and spicy cinnamon to create such an amazingly wide range of insane flavours that will just melt-in-your-mouth! Amazing.

They also only take 3 minutes to make and require almost no washing up, which is always fantastic!

Makes 15 – 20 balls, depending on size

- 1 cup of medjool dates

- 3/4 of a cup of almonds

- 3/4 of a cup of walnuts or any other nut

- 2 tablespoons of chia seeds

- 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed

- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

- 1 tablespoon of hemp protein powder

- 1 tablespoon of raw cacao powder

Start by placing the almonds, walnuts, ground flax seed and chia seeds in your food processor. Blend for 1 minute, until the a flour forms and the nuts have crumbled.

Then add the remaining ingredients, pitting the dates before adding those. Blend for another minute until a stick dough forms.

Use your hands to roll the mixture into little balls, place in a bowl and store in the fridge.

Bite and enjoy! Just try not to eat them all at once!

  • Al Budman

    These look insane! You are a goddess.

    • Ella Woodward

      Thanks al! You would love these!!

  • lisakell

    On Tuesday, December 11, 2012, Deliciously Ella wrote: > Ella Woodward posted: ” These energy balls are filled with all the most amazing super foods in the world – almonds, walnuts, hemp protein, flaxseed, chia seeds, coconut oil, raw cacao, cinnamon and medjool dates. They really are little bites of perfect health. Although of c” >

  • gypsygrub

    Any substitutes for hemp protein powder?

    • Ella Woodward

      I think I would leave it out rather than substitute and just use an extra spoon of ground flaxseed instead, it won’t alter the taste at all and the extra flaxseed means the texture will stay the same too. Hope that helps!

  • Maya

    Hello Ella, I don’t have a coconut oil could i use just olive oil?

    • Ella Woodward

      Hi Maya. They will turn out perfectly without the coconut oil as they’re already nice and sticky thanks to the dates so you may not need the olive oil. I would blend everything else together and see how they are and then decide whether or not to add a touch of olive oil for extra moistness. Let me know how they turn out! :)

  • Matthew Brady (@MBradyT)

    Are you using raw or roasted almonds/walnuts?

    • Ella Woodward

      I’m using raw nuts, hope that works for you. Enjoy!

  • Chrystal-Clear (@ChrystalClear_)

    These are the MOST delicious treats ever! I’ve shared them with everybody and they can’t believe they are “healthy” for you. haha Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Ella Woodward

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad that you loved them so much – I’m totally obsessed with them too! :)

  • Pingback: Banana Bread Energy Bites | Deliciously Ella()

  • Karlene

    These look and sound amazing, any thoughts on swapping out the dates for Turkish Apricots?
    Thank you

    • ellawoodward

      So glad that you love the look of these! Sadly I’m not sure that the switch would work as Turkish apricots aren’t as sticky and the stickiness of the dates is what holds the balls together, although I could be wrong and it may work! Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

  • nicky

    WOW!!! Just made these and they are DElicious My very first attempt at raw food and I’m hooked. Sweet potato brownies are next on the list :)

    • ellawoodward

      That’s awesome!

      • nicky

        And I made some more today with a good chunk of fresh ginger and swapped one of the Tbsps of cinnamon for Mixed Spice. Very zingy :D I love cooking but discovering raw food and your RAWmazing recipes is the most excited I’ve been about food in a long time. Thank you for being so inspirational :)

  • Rebecca

    Hi Ella,
    These look absolutely amazing!
    Do you know how long they will keep for in the fridge?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi. I keep them for a few weeks in an air tight container!

  • Rachel

    Hey Ella,

    These look so so good! I am wondering if you soak the nuts and seeds before you blend then up?
    Thanks! :-)

    • ellawoodward

      I don’t soak them but you absolutely can, you just need to put them in the dehydrator or the oven at a really low temp (like 40C) so that they become hard again!:)

  • Pingback: Deliciously Ella’s Ultimate Energy bites: gluten free, vegan | it comes naturally blog()

  • Pingback: Nytt år, nye muligheter – 2014! | Milla Brox()

  • kate

    These are an absolute revelation! I’ve made them twice over the last few weeks, they have become a fridge staple. They really do taste so good… and I am a self confessed chocaholic!

    The first time I made them I didn’t have ground flax so I left it out, and I substituted the cinnamon for 1 tablespoon mixed spice. They tasted divine. The second time I used mixed spice again, but also added a teaspoon of organic vanilla extract. Again, totally yummy. I also found that I needed about 2 tablespoons of water to make the mixture come together.

    A great recipe that you can modify a little depending on what you have on hand.

    Thanks Ella!

  • Christy

    These look delicious but I don’t really like the taste of walnuts. Will the recipe work using only almonds? Or cashews in place of walnuts? Thank you!

    • ellawoodward

      Almonds work perfectly as a replacement!

  • Gabrielle

    Are these suitable for freezing?

    • ellawoodward

      Yes absolutely, although they last about a month in an air tight container in the fridge!

  • deb griell

    I love, love, love these little balls of mouth watering heaven. I roll them in coconut, delicious. Thanks for your great recipes beautiful girl!

  • Tracy

    What is the serving size and nutritional value of your energy bites.

    • ellawoodward

      It makes 20-30 bites, I don’t have the nutritional values though sorry

  • Pingback: A week of Vegan – Recipe Roundup – WE Feb 8 2014 | My Pretty Distractions()

  • Jana

    Super yummy – hard not to eat all at once!

  • Becky

    Could I substitute raisins for dates in this recipe?

    • ellawoodward

      Sadly not, the dates are much stickier and keep the whole thing together!

  • Hagit

    Hey, looks great..
    Can you recommend what kind of Maca should i buy?

    • ellawoodward

      I use one from Organic Burst

  • Zineb

    Hi Ella !

    I really like ur blog and I feel really inspired. I want to start to eat clean not necessarily for loosing weight but I’ve been eating unhealthy food and not really happy.. How did u start eating healthy ? Do u have any tips for me to start and keep eating clean ?

    Can’t wait to try many of ur recipes that look absolutely delicious :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi. I’m so glad that you love the blog! There are lots of tips in the philosophy section :)


    Hi Ella – Really looking forward to making these. I have a vanilla diet whey protein powder that I use after I workout – will this be suitable to use instead of hemp protein powder?

    • ellawoodward

      Absolutely, I’m not a huge fan of whey protein but it will work in the recipe!

  • Lorraine

    Hi Ella

    Just wanted to say how much I’m enjoying your website! I started off with the energy balls and now they’re an instant staple in the fridge!

    Thought if I eased myself in with sweeter stuff and go from there. Really loving making these recipes. Honestly can’t see myself going back to normal chocolate/sweets/crisps etc!

    Thanks! xx

    • ellawoodward

      So great to hear that you are enjoying them Lorraine!
      Ella x

  • Angel

    Thank you for this!!! They are… I have no words.

  • AmeliaE

    Hello Ella, I am taking a public speaking course in college and I have to do a demonstrative speech. I am so inspired by you & was wanting to do one of your recipes, which do you think would be easiest to do? Also would a blender be use instead of a food processor? Thank you so much!!!

    • ellawoodward

      A blender doesn’t work quite as well as a food processor for some things so you may want to test it out at home first. I think something simple like raw brownies would work well so that you can concentrate on speaking without having to follow anything too complicated!
      Good luck! x

  • Pingback: Gluten Free Raw Chocolate Protein Bites. - Quintessentially Me()

  • Tammy

    Thanks for this recipe! It was delicious and my toddler LOVES them too! I didn’t quite have a full cup of dates and the mixture turned out very oily. Is this why? It seems like the oils is from the nuts? Absolutely deliciousness either way. Just a little messy.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Tammy,
      So pleased you and your toddler liked them! It sounds like you may have over blended the nuts slightly. Maybe try to mix for a little less time if possible and see if that helps.

  • Johanna

    I just made these with roasted almonds and hazelnuts (instead of walnuts) and instead of hemp I used sunwarriors chocolate protein powder… They taste kind of like nutella, which means they’re divine!

  • Debra Milton

    Just looking at your blog after seeing you on Sunday Brunch, very inspired. What can you replace the nuts with in your recipes as allergic to them. Have eaten clean for a while now, but stuck in the routine of eating the same thing. Also, my son is planning to run from John O’groats to Landsend (the length of England) this Julyy he also needs to eat clean as he had pancreatitis last year and is trying to avoid wheat and processed carbs and needs lots and lots of energy. Loving your recipes.
    Thank you

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Debbie,
      I think he may have tweeted me yesterday! Such an incredible challenge. Seeds would work well in stead of nuts. Best of luck to him.
      Ella x

  • Claire

    Just seen your article in Red magazine. Love your website and your recipes look great! Glad you are feeling much better now. I’m trying to find healthier alternatives to cakes and biscuits for snacks and these look perfect. Can I ask the best place to get raw cacao powder and chia seeds. I’m based in the UK.
    Thanks so much, I look forward to trying out your recipes!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Claire,
      I get it from any whole foods shop or online from Amazon or goodness Direct!

      • Claire

        Thank you : )

  • Christie

    This is the very first thing I’ve made from your recipes and they are honestly delicious, I’m eating one as I write this! I am looking forward to working my way through more recipes and I really feel I will be able to stick to this healthy lifestyle I need to undertake thanks to you! :)
    Christie x

    • ellawoodward

      I am so pleased you like them and good luck with the lifestyle changes!
      Ella x

  • clare


    I am not a fan of nuts, what is the most ideal replacement I could use instead?


    • ellawoodward

      You could use oats or seeds perhaps

  • Anne Felmingham

    Hi Ella I am about to embark on my food journey. I don’t like dates, can I substitute? x

    • Ella Woodward

      Dates are really key for sticking these together so I wouldn’t recommend substituting them. You could always try to use dried apricots but they may not roll so well! x

  • Name

    Hi Ella – what hemp protein powder would you recommend? Thanks x

  • Bumble

    These energy bites are absolutely delicious!!! I’m in love!! Thank you Ella! :)

  • Pingback: WIAW – Volume 2()

  • ellawoodward

    You can definitely include cinnamon!

  • ellawoodward

    So pleased you liked them!

  • ellawoodward

    You can get them in lots of places – Amazon or even Ikea have them!

  • ellawoodward

    Yes that would be fine.

  • Simone Hamilton

    Oh Ella…. These balls are top notch! So so good! Perfect for after a workout or a snack… Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous! Sweet potato brownies are now in the oven!

    • ellawoodward

      And so glad you love these too! :) x

  • Maz

    Hi Ella, can you use cacoa nibs instead of the powder? will the end result be the same? thanks! <3

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Maz, in this case you need cacao powder as otherwise the nibs will be a crunchy addition (which is great!) but you need the powder as a flavour throughout and as a binder. Hope that helps! Ella :)

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Charlene, medjool dates are the super sticky sweet ones which are fab for this recipe, but if you can’t get hold of them then I’d probably still try it with other dates. ella x

  • Amanda

    HI Ella, I love so many of your recipes and devour that avocado cream with everything. BUT, I really am confused about this no-sugar thing when you use so many dates. As far as I’m told by a nutritional doctor, dates have more fructose, sucrose and glucose than anything else, apart from some proteins and vitamins. In other words they are high in sugar and your body will react to them in exactly the same way as if you were eating a sugary diet. What’s your take on this? I genuinely want to know because I really liked the millionaires shortbread recipe you gave but feel quite sure that I’m eating way too much sugar even when cutting them into tiny little blocks. With the inclusion of dates, or indeed agave syrup which is high high in fructose or honey, I don’t understand how this is a sugar-free diet. Thanks so much

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Amanda, you’re totally right to flag this as sugar consumption is obviously a pretty contentious issue. Dates have an enormously high sugar content, and yes, agave is even worse than honey in terms of fructose content which is probably not what the health food industry would have you believe! All my recipes are refined-sugar free, meaning no processed sugars, sugars that have at least come from a natural source. But I agree, we all have to watch how much sugar (even natural) we consume, and I try and really eat as little as possible, bar naughty treats like millionaire squares and brownies! I’m going to do a longer blog post on the subject in the new year, so hopefully can go into a bit more detail then :) have a lovely week x

  • Michelle

    Holy Heaven! What a perfect energizing snack/dessert! I’ve always made energy bites in the past with oats, peanut butter, chia, honey, etc… But these are so much more SUPER PACKED with nutrients and super foods! The dates add a beautiful sweet flavor, while the raw cacao makes them oh so chocolately. I also added some cinnamon and nutmeg for extra spice. Yum!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Amanda, sorry I wouldn’t add cinnamon in this recipe. Hope you love them! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Ruth, you could try dried figs instead but the dates make it super soft and delicious! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Isla, all the recipes in the book are completely new! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Katie, they look delicious! So glad you love them. Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sandra, it won’t be exactly the same but I think it’s fine to do. You really need the coconut oil to bind the mixture together! X

  • ellawoodward

    It really depends on how I’m feeling and what my body is craving, but yes 2 is a great amount! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Amanda, I’m not really sure why that happened. Make sure you add enough water to the mixture. There is video coming soon for my nutella so keep an eye out. Have a lovely day! X

  • Rohini

    Dear Ella, I wanted to thank you so much for your blog and your recipes – they are delicious! I have recently purchased your cook book and can’t wait to try all the recipes! I (attempted) these energy bites with no food processor and no raw cacao so they didn’t turn out looking this nice but they still taste pretty great! I have struggled with bulimia/binge eating disorder for the past 3 years, so your recipes and way of life have really inspired me to love myself and not count calories but just eat healthy delicious food to nourish your body. Thank you so much again and you are a real inspiration to this generation of young people struggling with body image issues and anxiety.

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Rohini, I am so happy to hear that you love the blog and the recipes! It’s so great to read that you are feeling so much better about yourself and can now enjoy delicious healthy eating. Keep up your healthy journey. Have a lovely day! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Ana, I’m sorry but I don’t have that information I’m afraid. So glad you love the recipes! X

  • Gaynor

    Hi Ella, I live in North Wales and I am struggling to get flax seed, raw cocao and hemp protein powder, can you recommend anywhere on-line I could get them or alternative’s I could use please?
    Many thanks, Gaynor

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Gaynor, you can buy all of those ingredients in Whole Foods or online at Amazon! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Katie, they only take about 15 minutes to soften once they’ve come out the freezer. Yes I would leave them at room temperature. You can them store them in either the fridge or the freezer. They will last in the freezer for about a month or two! Have a lovely day! Ella x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Katie, the recipes in the app are only measured using cups/spoons! Hope you love it! X

    • Katie Sparrow

      Hi Ella,

      Are your cup measurements the same as US cups? I have found a conversion site online to convert from cups to grams, but it says “US cups” and I’m not sure whether they would be the same size as the cups you refer to? xxx

      • ellawoodward

        Hi Katie, I use UK cup sizes. You can just use a regular size mug too! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Jennifer. I have just released a book! It’s called Deliciously Ella, you can find it on Amazon! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Irene, did you use medjool dates? These help to bind the mixture together! Ella x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Emily, you don’t need the hemp powder, it just adds more protein to the bites. You could add more flax or chia seeds. Hope you love them! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Emily, I think this food processor should be fine for dates. If you are worried, I would recommend adding the dates in slowly and see how it manages. Don’t put in a whole load at once, it’s better to gradually add them as you don’t want to overload it. Hope you enjoy using it! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Amanda, I would only suggest adding water if the nut butter becomes really solid. If you can tell that the mixture is solidifying in the food processor, I would add a splash of water to loosen the mixture. Make sure you’re using a strong food processor otherwise it won’t create the right consistency! Have a lovely day x