Our no-bake chocolate breakfast balls are super easy to make, and they’re made with whole foods you can feel good about eating. They’re a great portable breakfast and snack that you’re going to love. If you’re looking for something baked, try our protein breakfast bars or our chewy cherry walnut oatmeal energy bars.
Published Aug. 28, 2014 and updated Nov. 12, 2020.
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- What Are Breakfast Balls?
- Standard Ingredients
- Pro Tips
- How to Make Them
- Storing Them
- More Vegan Breakfast Ball Recipes You’ll Love
What are Breakfast Balls?
Breakfast balls are a combination of whole food ingredients that are perfect for a quick and easy breakfast and snack.
They’re also called, protein balls, energy balls, power balls, and vegan truffles
The texture is similar to no-bake cookies, only these don’t have refined sugar.
The ingredients in this recipe are superfoods that are full of antioxidants, protein, and omegas.
- Dates – These play two roles. They bind the ingredients together, and they sweeten the balls.
- Cacao Powder- Cacao powder isn’t heated when it’s processed, so it maintains more of the antioxidants than cocoa powder, although you can use that, too.
- Gluten-Free Rolled Oats – We use Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats because they’re guaranteed to be GF.
- Nuts – Use almonds, walnuts, cashews, or any nut you like. We used hazelnuts for this recipe.
- Sunflower Seeds – Feel free to use raw or roasted. Either one works.
- Flax Seed – You can also use hemp seeds if you like.
- If your dates are dry, soak them in water until they plump up and become soft. This will help them break down and bind the ingredients. ALWAYS remove the pits before processing.
- Use a food processor to break down the dates, oats, nuts, and seeds.
- If you don’t have a food processor, you can mince the dates with a knife and crush the nuts and sunflower seeds.
- Roll the balls in shredded coconut, crushed nuts, or vegan chocolate chips.
How to Make Them
This basic energy ball recipe is best when it’s made in a food processor, because it will break the dates and the nuts down into a more enjoyable bite.
Put all of the ingredients in the food processor and pulse until it becomes a solid sticky ball.
Use a spoon to scoop out the mixture and roll into a ball. Continue with the rest of the mixture.
For added texture and flavor, roll in shredded coconut, chopped nuts or seeds, vegan chocolate chips, or cacao powder.
How to Store Them
Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
You can freeze them in a freezer safe container for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator.
More Vegan Breakfast Ball Recipes You’ll Love
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No-Bake Chocolate Breakfast Balls
- food processor
- 6 dates remove pits (See Note)
- ½ tsp pure almond extract
- 3 tbsp cacao powder See Note
- ¾ cup uncooked rolled oats gluten-free (See Note)
- 1/2 cup raw nuts you can use any kind of nuts that you like
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed or hemp seeds
- Put the 6 dates, ½ tsp almond extract, 3 tbsp cacao powder, ¾ cup rolled oats, ½ cup nuts, ¼ cup sunflower seeds, and 1 tbsp ground flax seed or hemp seed in a food processor and pulse until a sticky, solid dough forms.
- Carefully remove the blade and scoop out 1 tablespoon and roll into a ball. Continue with the remaining mixture.
- If desired, roll the balls in shredded coconut, cacao powder, crushed nuts, or coconut sugar.
Freeze in a freezer safe container for up to 2 months.