Like the candy bar, but with lasting energy instead of a sugar rush, these Almond Joy Energy Balls are the best snack.

Almond Joy Energy Balls

I’m heading for a quick weekend trip to NYC, but the bus ride always seems to take so long. We usually make one stop along the way, but it’s at a fast food spot with limited snack options. I always hate how I feel after I eat greasy food.

Last time I made these Chewy Granola Bars, but this time I decided to make some quick energy snacks instead.

Have you tried energy balls yet? They are easy little bites to make and great for on-the-go. They are usually made with dates, nuts, seeds, and whatever other flavorings you like. I decided to make a sweet chocolate version with coconut, which reminded me of almond joy candy bars.

Almond Joy Energy Balls

I added some protein powder to give me an extra boost. You can add flaxseed, hemp seeds, chia seeds, or whatever you like. What I love most about these energy balls is that they make you feel renewed without a quick sugar rush and then energy crash. As they say, food is your fuel. And these almond joy energy bites are delicious fuel!

Almond Joy Energy Balls

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Almond Joy Energy Balls

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 15 energy balls

Almond Joy Energy Balls


  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1 ½ cups raw almonds, unsalted
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder or cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon hemp protein powder, optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt


  1. Place the dates, almonds, ¼ cup coconut, cacao powder, coconut oil, vanilla, salt, and hemp powder into a food processor and process until the dates and almonds are finely ground and the mixture starts to get sticky and come together. Add more dates if the mixture is not coming together. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and form into 1 ½-inch balls.
  2. In a shallow bowl add the reserved ¼ cup coconut. Roll each ball in the coconut, pressing it to make sure it sticks.
  3. Refrigerate balls for 1 hour to firm. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.