These Raspberry Cocoa Energy Balls Are the Perfect 3 PM Snack

Make your sweet tooth happy.

By Casey McKee
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When midday munchies strike, I have a habit of letting my healthy eating habits go downhill fast. Steel-cut oats for breakfast, spinach salad for lunch… a handful of peanut butter M&Ms for my afternoon snack? This year, I’ve resolved to makeover my snacking habits. But of course, a girl’s still got to satisfy her sweet tooth. Thankfully, I have this recipe for my favorite no-bake energy bites to help me out. Because yes: raspberry and cocoa is a flavor match made in heaven.

Made with dates, these no-bake energy bites stand up to even the most intense sweet tooth. Plus, they’re packed with powerful ingredients like almonds, chia seeds, and antioxidant-rich cocoa. The best part? The addition of freeze-dried raspberries adds a layer of indulgence that, I swear, makes them taste exactly like a raspberry chocolate bar.  

And while I created these with afternoon snacking in mind, feel free to reach for these no-bake energy bites any time of the day. They make a great breakfast on the go for those of us who crave something light in the morning, and lately, I’ve even been treating myself to one in the evenings when I’m winding down, but my sweet tooth is begging for just a little something chocolate-ly. (I will warn you though, if you’re sensitive to caffeine, avoid eating these guys post-dinner. The cocoa powder does pack a punch.) Enjoy!

Raspberry cocoa no bake energy bites in food processor.

Are energy bites good for you?

Yes! Energy bites are an extremely healthy (and surprisingly tasty) snack option for any time of day. Most energy bites contain protein, fiber, iron, and complex carbs, making them a great alternative to a bag of chips or a store-bought granola bar. They’re also a great source of healthy fats, which play a crucial role in nutrient absorption.

No-Bake Energy Bites Ingredients

  • Medjool dates. These small fruits bring a caramel-like taste to these no-bake energy bites. Think of them as a natural sweetener with a chewy, flavorful texture.
  • Raw almonds. Raw almonds are always a great added crunch in any recipe.
  • Dried raspberries. Dried or not, raspberries are always a great pop of fruit flavor.
  • Unsweetened, shredded coconut. For the coconut texture you know and love, without all of the added sugar.
  • Cocoa powder. With some natural caffeine, cocoa powder is a subtle and sweet energy boost.
  • Chia seeds. An excellent source of fiber for better gut health and digestion.
  • Almond extract. Aside from its almond flavor, almond extract is also a great source of antioxidants.
  • Unsalted almond butter. Smooth and creamy, almond butter is a healthy ingredient that holds these no-bake energy bites together.
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Tips to Make This Snack Your Own

These no-bake energy bites can be customized to your heart’s desire, so feel free to get creative! Some variations include:

  • Omit the almond extract. If you’re not the biggest fan of extract flavors, swapping almond extract for vanilla extract, or simply omitting it, is an easy swap.
  • Add additional ingredients. If you have some ingredients (such as walnuts, peanut butter chips, or spices) you’re dying to incorporate into your energy balls, feel free!
  • Swap for a different nut or seed butter. There are plenty of substitutes for almond butter that would pair perfectly with the flavors in this recipe. Try cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, or peanut butter!
  • Form into a different shape. These energy balls can easily be flattened into squares or rectangles for an on-the-go snack that won’t get squashed.
No bake raspberry cocoa energy bites.
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Raspberry Cocoa Energy Balls

  • Author: Katie DeNero


These energy balls are just what you need to get through that 3 PM rut. 


Units Scale
  • 2 cups pitted medjool dates (19-20 dates)
  • 1 1/2 cups raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried raspberries
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus more for rolling
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted almond butter
  • 12 tablespoons warm water, if mixture is dry.


  1. Add the dates, almonds, raspberries, coconut, cocoa powder and chia seeds to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until mixture is thick and crumbly.
  2. Add the almond butter, and almond extract and continue to pulse. Take a small amount of mixture and press it between your fingers. If it sticks together easily and can roll into a ball shape, it’s ready. If the mixture is too dry, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, pulsing in between, until mixture is sticky enough to hold its shape.
  3. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls, then roll in shredded coconut or cocoa powder, if desired.
  4. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.

This post was originally published on January 25th, 2019, and has since been updated.

Comments (4)

  1. Kai Long says:

    These look and sound delicious, but would like nutrition information when you provide recipes. Interested in protein as trying a more plant based diet and always checking protein in my snacks.
    Thank you!

  2. Kathleen says:

    I made these this afternoon. I indulged on one – Yum! Can’t wait to snack on these tomorrow. I may try using chocolate protein powder next time to add more protein.

  3. Kim E Henderson says:

    These were delicious. But would also love some nutritional info. Tks

  4. Martha says:

    I made them exactly as printed, except I did not roll them in anything. I got 27 balls from my recipe and using My Fitness Pal to calculate nutritional info it is as follows: 84 cal, 5.6g total fat, 2.4 g fiber, 5.1 sugar and 2g protein.

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