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!

mint chocolate energy bites in a white bowl

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.

collage of 4 images of bakers and bakes at Panera

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.

mint chocolate energy bites

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.

cocoa powder, walnuts, dates, and almonds

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:

2 images of ground nuts in a food processor and mint chocolate energy bites mixture in a food processor

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.

mint chocolate energy bites

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

Mint Chocolate Energy Bites

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 15 bites
  • Category: Snacks
  • Cuisine: American


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.


  1. Freezing Instructions: You can freeze these little healthy bites too! Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
  2. Sweetener: 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.
  3. Nuts: Feel free to play around with the kinds of nuts used.

Keywords: mint chocolate energy bites, chocolate energy bites


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

    1. 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!

  2. 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?

    1. 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.

  3. 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!

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

  4. 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?



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

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

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

    2. 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

  7. 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.

    1. Either prunes or raisins would be fine.

  8. 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 🙂

    1. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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!


  11. 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!!

  12. I have Deglet Noor dates. Can I sub these or would they not work quite as well? If they will work how many Deglet Noor dates would I need or how many grams is 9 Medjool dates?
    Thank you so much for your time and recipies!

    1. They can be substituted, though you’ll need a little more because Deglet are a little smaller.

  13. OMG, THESE ARE SO GOOD!!! I was skeptical about how mint would taste with the dates, but the result was absolutely delicious! I added one scoop of chocolate protein powder, which didn’t make it chalky at all. Definitely worth a try!

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