Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Balls

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Balls tastes just like chocolate chip cookie dough! These secretly healthy snacks are so chocolatey, insanely delicious, and a great recipe to make with the kiddos!

closeup of chocolate chip cookie energy balls drizzled with chocolate.

Easy No Bake Energy Bites

Healthy chocolate chip cookie dough? Count y Bites me in! These Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bites taste like dessert, but they’re packed with good-for-you ingredients.

This simple snack is quick to prep and can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge or freezer for an easy grab-and-go snack anytime. These protein balls are gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free, and no-bake!

Looking for more energy bites recipes? Check out these 30 No Bake Energy Bites!

side view of a half eaten energy bite.

Are Energy Bites Healthy?

Heck yes they are! These protein balls are loaded with fiber, protein, and natural sugars. They taste like chocolate chip cookie dough, but make an excellent energy-boosting, on-the-go snack.

side view of a few protein balls scattered on the counter.

Ingredients Needed

  • Medjool Dates: Dates add so much natural sweetness and help bind all of the ingredients together.
  • Almonds: I use whole unsalted almonds.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds flavor depth and a little extra sweetness.
  • Seeds: I use a combination of ground flax seeds and chia seeds to give the bites an extra boost of nutrition.
  • Chocolate Chips: Enjoy Life’s mini chocolate chips are my favorite.
  • Optional Add-Ins: I like to save some of the chocolate chips to melt and drizzle over the energy bites. I also will sometimes add a scoop of protein powder to make them even more nutrient dense.
overhead of ingredients for chocolate chip cookie dough energy balls.

This simple energy bites recipe takes just 5 minutes to come together

  1. Combine all ingredients: In a food processor, pulse dates, almonds, protein powder, flax, chai, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon of chocolate chips. Use a spatula to stir in the rest of the chocolate chips.
  2. Form the balls: Form the mixture into equal sized balls, then store in the fridge.
  3. Add melted chocolate (optional): Melt 3 tablespoons of chocolate chips until smooth, then drizzle over the protein bites.

Tips and Notes

  • Blend well. We want everything to be blended evenly so you don’t end up with any big chunks and so the protein balls can hold their shape. I recommend processing the mixture for somewhere between 3-4 minutes. Once the mixture forms into a ball in the food processor, it’s ready to go.
  • Use mini chocolate chips. They incorporate better into the energy bites. If the chocolate chips are too big, the balls won’t hold their shape as well.
  • Mix the chocolate chips in with a spatula. If you try to pulse them into the mixture with the food processor, you’ll end up just blending them with the other ingredients.

How to Store

The finished protein balls can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

I don’t recommend storing them at room temperature. They can become too soft and sticky!

Can You Freeze Energy Balls?

Absolutely! This protein balls recipe makes an excellent freezer-friendly snack as well. Simply assemble as directed, flash freeze on a baking sheet until hardened, then transfer to a large ziplock bag and store for up to 1 month.

You can enjoy them straight from the freezer or thaw them in the fridge!

a chocolate chip energy bite being lifted off of the counter.

More Energy Ball Recipes to Try

Watch the Video

Print

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Balls

These Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Balls tastes just like chocolate chip cookie dough! These secretly healthy snacks are so chocolatey, insanely delicious, and a great recipe to make with the kiddos!

  • Author: Lexi
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup whole unsalted almonds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Enjoy Life’s mini chocolate chips
  • Optional: 3 additional tbsp chocolate chips for melting
  • Optional: 1 scoop protein powder of choice

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pulse dates, almonds, protein powder, flax, chai, vanilla, and 1 tablespoon chocolate chips until a ball forms. Should take about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Remove food processor bowl. Mix in the rest of the chocolate chips with a spatula.
  3. Form mixture into equal sized balls and store in the fridge.
  4. Optional: Melt additional 3 tablespoons of chocolate chips until smooth. Drizzle melted chocolate over protein bites.

Notes

Freezing: This protein balls recipe makes an excellent freezer-friendly snack as well. Simply assemble as directed, flash freeze on a baking sheet until hardened, then transfer to a large ziplock bag and store for up to 1 month. You can enjoy them straight from the freezer or thaw them in the fridge!

 

Nutrition

  • Calories: 73
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 1mg
  • Fat: 3.3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.9g
  • Carbohydrates: 9.6g
  • Fiber: 1.9g
  • Protein: 1.6g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Did you make this recipe?

Share a photo and tag us — we can’t wait to see what you’ve made!

13 comments
January 3, 2023

You Might Also Like

Join The Discussion

13 Responses

  1. I’m confused…how is this Paleo with the Enjoy Life’s mini chocolate chips? The first ingredient on the chips is ‘cane sugar’?

  2. Just made a batch of these! They are fantastic! I only had deglet dates, which are a lot dryer, so I added about 2TBS melted coconut oil. I also used the vanilla protein powder! Will be a popular snack in the house.

  3. Made a batch of these cookie dough bites tonight. Yum!

    Just like with other homemade Lara Bar recipes (since these are essentially Lara Bar Bites), I find that you really have to let them process in the food processor for a good 5 minutes. It is ready when it forms a “dough” and sticks together in one big shiny ball! Since these have the added protein powder (which is an added dry element), I did have to process a bit longer than regular Lara Bars to get it to form a dough.

    I used 1 scoop of protein powder and that was fine for my tastes. Did not drizzle additional chocolate because I didn’t want to dirty a saucepan or bowl, but if I made these for company I would go the extra step for the drizzle because it really takes them up a notch in presentation.

  4. Hii! I would like to do this recipe but im from dominican republic and i dont know what is medjool dates!? And if i can substitute that with anthing else, here is really hard to find ingredients if they are complicated! Thanks! And i love your page! It has helped me a lot

  5. These are delicious! I made these and a couple other treats the other day.. The Chocolate Chip Cookie Protein Bites and the Chocolate Almond Fudge Bites are definitely my favorite! Highly reccommend! I made these as a healthier version of cake pops – half dipped in dark chocolate with some sprinkles and voila! Big hit with everyone.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating

SECRETS TO GETTING

DINNER ON THE TABLE FAST

An orange skillet with an easy one pan taco filling.

My practical tips & advice for a healthier life dropped right into your inbox!

Free

This website may at times receive a small affiliate commission for products that we shared with you in our posts. Although we may receive a commission for linking certain products, there’s no additional costs to you and all of our opinion and suggestions are 100% our own and unbiased. That’s our promise to you!

Subscribe to get our FREE clean eating guide!

Join our email list TODAY to start recieving our newsletter weekly, access to exclusive content and deals, *and* a FREE complete 24-page clean eating guide!

SECRETS TO GETTING

DINNER ON THE TABLE FAST

An orange skillet with an easy one pan taco filling.

My practical tips & advice for a healthier life dropped right into your inbox!

Free

LEXI'S SECRETS TO GETTING DELICIOUS DINNER ON THE TABLE FAST 

Lexi's sharing her top secrets to prepping ahead of time and quick meals!