Mint Chocolate Energy Bites.

Healthy, gluten free, naturally sweetened mint chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients. Get your chocolate fix without the sugar crash!

6 ingredient Mint Chocolate Energy Bites - gluten free, super fudgy, naturally sweetened, and no sugar crash! Ready in 10 minutes.

How was your weekend?

Mine started off with a trip to New Haven, CT to visit Panera Bread’s test bakery. There I met Lindsay, Jennifer, Zoe, Bree, Nicole, and the head baker, Tom. It was my first time meeting fellow food bloggers. Finally, people who understand my bizarre life!! I’m pretty sure my friends are tired of me talking about pie crust, props, and light reflectors.

We spent the day with Tom Gumpel, head baker of Panera Bread. It’s a test bakery, inventing the idea of “small batch baking” for Panera locations. There we got to sample a ton of treats and even get our hands dirty making soft pretzels, bread pudding (made with brownies!), toaster tarts, strawberries ‘n cream scones, belgium waffles, sweet waffle fries, and so much more.

I came home on a sugar high and it was all totally worth it.

Panera Bakes

Easter was full of great food as well – key lime pie (grab the recipe in my cookbook!), green bean casserole, deviled eggs, ham, cinnamon rolls, and coconut cream pie. Kerry made the coconut cream pie and I told her to send me the recipe ASAP. I’ll have to share it on my blog sometime. Seriously, the best.

After all of this indulging over the weekend, I am desperately craving some vegetables with a little healthy chocolate energy bite on the side.

6 ingredient Mint Chocolate Energy Bites - gluten free, super fudgy, naturally sweetened, and no sugar crash! Ready in 10 minutes.

Last year, I made these chocolate truffle energy bites more than any other recipe on my blog. Truly amazing. So convenient to grab when you want something sweet and healthy. I eat a couple of them before heading out for a run or workout. Another before bed… when my sweet cravings are usually in overdrive!

Naturally gluten free, no refined sugars, and full of chocolate taste without a sugar crash. Last night, I made a batch again but added a little peppermint extract. I also switched up the nuts and added a bit of maple syrup. Oh my gosh, these are even better than the original! If you love mint chocolate, these little bites are right up your alley.

6 ingredient Mint Chocolate Energy Bites - gluten free, super fudgy, naturally sweetened, and no sugar crash! Ready in 10 minutes.

You’ll only need a few ingredients to whip up a batch: dates, walnuts, almonds, peppermint extract, a touch of maple syrup, and cocoa powder. That’s it! I find that soaking the dates in a little warm water for 10 minutes really helps move things along in the food processor. I highly recommend doing that.

You’ll start with the nuts first – pulse until they’re broken down into coarse crumbs. You don’t want to fully blend them or else you’ll end up with a nut butter. Then, add the remaining ingredients and blend until a sticky, thick dough is formed.

Here is a photo of the nuts pulsed into crumbs, then the entire mixture with all of the ingredients formed into a dough:

6 ingredient Mint Chocolate Energy Bites - healthy, gluten free, ultra fudgy, and naturally sweetened! Perfect grab & go snack.

By the way, this is the food processor I have. It doubles as my blender and is a very affordable option serving as both. I even use it to grate carrots for carrot cake and mash bananas for banana bread.

So once a dough is formed, scoop the dough and roll into a smooth ball with your hands. I rolled a few energy bites into cocoa powder and left a few others plain.

These simple mint chocolate energy bites are full of mint chocolate fudgy flavor! However, if you’re looking for an extreme chocolatey taste, then these aren’t for you. They taste like mint chocolate, but are made with dates. So don’t expect a super indulgent treat! I like to think of them as a healthier alternative to a box of chocolates.

If you’re looking for an intense mint chocolate dessert, try these Mint Oreo Truffles or Mint Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies instead.

6 ingredient Mint Chocolate Energy Bites - gluten free, super fudgy, naturally sweetened, and no sugar crash! Ready in 10 minutes.

I love how simple and rich-tasting these bites are! Bonus points that they are made with whole, natural ingredients, and do not contain a trace of refined sugar. These are a great substitution to store-bought granola bars. You have complete control over the ingredients!

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Mint Chocolate Energy Bites

Healthy, gluten free, naturally sweetened mint chocolate truffles made from good-for-you ingredients. Get your chocolate fix without the sugar crash!


  • 1/2 cup walnuts (I use unsalted)
  • 2/3 cup almonds (I use unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 Tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 9 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in warm water for 10 minutes
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract


  1. First, make sure your dates are soft by soaking in warm water for 10 minutes. Make sure you drain them and chop in half before using.
  2. Pulse the walnuts and almonds in a food processor until they are coarsely chopped, as shown in the photo above. Then add 1/4 cup cocoa powder, maple syrup, dates, and 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract - in that order. I usually start with 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract and then add a little more (up to 1/4 teaspoon) if I feel they need it. Process for 2 minutes or until a thick oily “dough” is formed, as pictured above. The dough will be oily from the nuts. You may have to scrape down the sides of the food processor a few times to get all of the dry ingredients to the bottom. If the dough is too dry, add more maple syrup and/or dates.
  3. Once a dough is formed, scoop the dough (about 1 Tablespoon each) and roll into a smooth ball with your hands. If rolling into cocoa powder, spread the remaining 1 Tablespoon of cocoa powder onto a plate and roll the moist dough ball around to fully cover. Store bites in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
  4. Make ahead tip: You can freeze these little healthy bites too! Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.

Recipe Notes:

These truffles taste like dark chocolate and are not overly sweet. You may add more dates and/or maple syrup to the mixture to sweeten up, as well as a little more nuts to keep the same texture.

Feel free to play around with the kinds of nuts used.

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Here is the original version, Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites

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  1. Amy on April 21, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    That sounds like a wonderful trip! And spending time with family while feasting is always lovely. Can’t wait to see that coconut cream pie recipe 🙂
    These mint chocolate energy bites will certainly help my post-Easter reboot right along!

    • Sally on April 22, 2014 at 7:47 am

      I’m definitely going to have to grab that coconut cream pie recipe from her, Amy!

  2. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking on April 21, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Oh my goodness, you are one lucky lady to have that much fun in a single weekend! Meeting other food bloggers, regardless of who they are or what they bake/cook, is like coming home and finding family. We live these slightly isolated lives, and it’s so refreshing to finally find people that relate and understand our recipe testing/photography/post writing set-backs and successes. SO happy for you that you were able to meet such lovely ladies AND have fun baking at Panera while doing it! 🙂

    With how much I love chocolate, heavens knows I need a healthier alternative to an entire decadent box! And yes, besides PB, mint and chocolate are a perfect combination. 😉 Gorgeous photos as always Sally — I especially love the little sprigs of mint!! Super cute.

    • Sally on April 22, 2014 at 7:46 am

      Thanks Amy! I had no idea how to make these photos interesting. It’s really hard to shoot dark brown bites/balls without it being boring! The ming gave it some color. And meeting a few food bloggers was great. I love how you compared it to family. Yes, exactly. When we can we meet? I have to make a trip to Cali sometime!!

      • Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking on April 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

        The photos look gorgeous Sally — completely effortless! 🙂 And you can come to CA whenever you want!! We can go to SF and Berkeley, or take a road trip to SoCal to go to Disneyland and SD (and maybe meet Averie too!), or head up to the Sierras for some fun hiking… The possibilities are endless! If only I could come up with another excuse to go back to Baltimore… Our trip there last summer was much too short!

  3. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) on April 21, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Yay! You got to hang out with some of my other fave bloggers (and I’ve actually met Jennifer before and am having dinner with her tomorrow!)

    LOVE this version of these chocolate energy bites-mint is always such a tasty addition to chocolate! and I love the “healthy” factor!

    • Sally on April 22, 2014 at 7:45 am

      Thanks Kayle! And tell Jennifer I say hi. Love her, she was great! I’ll be in NY this summer for a book signing, so maybe we can all meet up!

  4. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust on April 21, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    I need to get on the date train. This would be a perfect snack for my daughter – she loooooves mint chocolate.

  5. Kathy on April 21, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    These sound delicious! I love making desserts and goodies from dates!

  6. Denise on April 21, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Yum, Sally, love chocolate & mint!! Beautiful photos, as usual 🙂

  7. Kathryn Cothern on April 21, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    Hi Sally,

    Even though I enjoy my store bought bars (all simple, understandable ingredients such as dates and nuts – about $1 – $1.50 a bar – no added refined sugars) for convenience before a run or a bike workout, I have been meaning to try to make my own energy bites but haven’t gotten around to it just yet. I am going to try your chocolate energy bites recipe but without the pure maple syrup (since I watch my sugar intake pretty closely). I’ll try some other binding ingredient (to be determined). I will also play with the flavors as well just to see how it goes.

    Your Panera Bread trip sounded like so much fun!! I am sure you learned a whole lot. I have yet to visit a Panera Bread store…not that I wouldn’t enjoy their items…I am sure I would but my body parts tell me something different. LOL!

    Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. They are so much fun to read!! 🙂

    • Sally on April 22, 2014 at 7:43 am

      It was a great trip, thanks Kathryn! And let me know how your energy bites turn out with any changes you make. Enjoy!

  8. Joy on April 22, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Do you think I could use sunflower seeds instead of the nuts?

    • Sally on April 22, 2014 at 7:40 am

      I’ve never tried it before, so I can’t be 100% sure. I use sunflower seeds in the original version paired with nuts, but let me know if you try only using the seeds. Enjoy!

  9. JC on April 22, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Any idea if un-soaked Prunes would be a fair substitution for the Medjool Dates? I figure they’re already more pliable and add the same stickiness to the batter?

    • Sally on April 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm

      Yep, that should work just fine. I make my other version (the chocolate version, no mint) with prunes and it works wonderfully. I’d use about 10 prunes.

  10. Trish - Mom On Timeout on April 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    It looks like you guys had so much fun! My sister is a HUGE date fan so I can’t wait to make these for her!

  11. Luv What You Do on April 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I love a good energy bite!
    These look fantastic!

  12. Karen | on April 23, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    It’s super exciting you were in New Haven! If you come back let me know if you’d like some restaurant recommendations. I’ve lived here for 8 years and absolutely love the restaurant scene. One of my favorites is Zinc (and their pizza place Kitchen Zinc) which does a different “Market Menu” every week from late spring to early fall. The Market Menu a fixed price menu they design around the local farmers market produce that week. It’s fantastic and as an added bonus you can add the Market Cocktail and the Cheese Plate! Yummy 🙂

    • Sally on April 23, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Thanks for the recommendations, Karen!! I will most likely be back to New Haven at some point!

  13. Rachel @the dessert chronicles on April 23, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    That sounds like so much fun!! I’m glad you had a good trip. These look awesome and so simple to make. Can’t wait to give them a try!

  14. Carol Czerwinski on May 21, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Another rock star recipe! Turned out perfect and are yummy!

  15. Bianca on May 22, 2014 at 5:40 am

    I just made these as a sort of encouragement for getting through my exams, and I’m so pleased with the results! The bites were super fudgy, and I loved that they’re not ultra sweet. I’m thinking of doubling the recipe next time so I could put the dough in a 8 x8 pan and just cut that into squares instead of rolling out each ball. And on a side note, I’ve never had those raw brownies made with nuts, but I bet this tastes exactly like them! Thanks!

    • Sally on May 22, 2014 at 6:33 am

      Bianca, I’ve done that with these before. Double the recipe for a 8-inch pan. Chill for about 2 hours and then cut.

  16. Valerie on May 23, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Do the Chocolate Mint Energy Bites (or the Chocolate Truffle Energy Bites) require refrigeration? I would like to make them for my dad who lives out of state. Would you recommend mailing them?



    • Sally on May 23, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Yes they do – they are not a good recipe to ship.

  17. Valerie on May 23, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Thank you for your quick reply! My dad has a sweet tooth and I am looking for something sweet that also is nutrient dense (as much as a cookie can be!). Any suggestions that do not require refrigeration?



  18. Alicia on July 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    These are AMAZING! I used honey instead of maple syrup, simply because we always have honey in our pantry. I could not believe how good these were. Now I always grab a few before I work out. One batch lasts me the entire week. Thank you so much for this recipe!

  19. Lauren on July 16, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Sally,
    I’ve been looking around and trying to find a good blender, and I’m really not sure what the best choice would be… I’m looking for a high quality blender that I would be able to make all sorts of smoothies with, as well as using it in baking and pureeing. And one that won’t break down in a year! I *would* be willing to splurge if it’s a durable blender. What would you recommend?
    Thank you so much! Sorry to bother you!

    • Sally on July 17, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Hey Lauren! I own a Vitamix and a Ninja Master Prep. Either are great options.

    • Mary on June 24, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      I used to own a Vitamix, but gave it to my daughter when I purchased a Blendtec. I purchased the additional small twister jar, it makes the best nut butters without additional oil. Love that they send new recipes out online, can check out their recipes at I’ve been making smoothies everyday and starting to lose some weight. Look forward to making these chocolate mint balls, I like to use the 95% dark chocolate, have made a almond bark with chocolate and almonds, very good. Also melted chocolate and mint extract, about a tsp. to a bar of the 95% dark chocolate.melted.
      I put it in a container that I prepped with coconut or palm oil. Refrigerate till almost solid, score and dump out, slice and refrigerate. great for that chocolate craving

  20. Stefanie on January 9, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Hi Sally,
    I’m from the Philippines and we don’t have any Medjool dates here. What would be a good alternative? Prunes raisins? Thanks.

    • Sally on January 10, 2015 at 8:16 am

      Either prunes or raisins would be fine.

  21. Julia Beth on February 12, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Sally, these are so delicious. They’re now my go to snack. But for some reason I’m only rolling out about seven to eight balls. They’re all about a tablespoon’s worth of dough, but I’m still not getting very many. Do you know why this might be happening?
    Thank you for the recipe 🙂

    • Sally on February 12, 2015 at 1:16 pm

      Julia, are your dates relatively small? The ones I use are quite large. I’m glad you think they are as delicious as I do. I make these all the time.

      • Julia Beth on February 12, 2015 at 11:13 pm

        Now that I think back, the dates I used were pretty tiny. Thanks for the advice!

  22. Jenna on April 9, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Hi Sally, I was wondering if you were going to post your sister-in-laws coconut cream pie recipe like you’d said in the post. OR even better, if you had your own. Trying to get into the Spring mood up here in Newfoundland, despite the continuing Winter temperatures, and coconut cream pie would be the perfect start. (:

  23. Tabitha on January 29, 2016 at 6:06 am

    How long will these last for? Have you tried freezing them before? 

  24. Christina on March 29, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    These. Are. Amazing! I made an assortment of energy balls for my mom for her birthday, and included these as one of the flavors. So freaking delicious.

  25. Megan on May 9, 2016 at 6:22 am

    Hi Sally,

    Boy, am I glad that when I Googled “mint chocolate energy bites”, that I clicked onto your recipe.

    I’ve just re-read your blog for this again, and it resonates so much with me.  The sneaky sugar hit is also my substitute for dessert, and my little pre-exercise friend.  Better yet, my kids eat just one, and think it’s the best treat ever.  They’d prefer one of these than biscuits or those jubey things you buy in boxes in the muesli bar isle at the supermarket.  I’m calling it a parenting win, but it’s all thanks to you!

    Thank you so much for creating this, and sharing it!


  26. Chantelle on January 9, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    I’ve been looking for a recipe like this!! I used raw sunflower seeds in place of nuts (so they are lunch box friendly) and added 3tbsp of chia seeds! They worked out wonderfully! And since it’s -32degrees C outside, I’m using my front step (aka the Canadian fridge) to freeze them for later lunches!!

  27. Sam Garters on February 13, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    HI, can I use regular pitted dates instead? if so how many? thanks, Sam.



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