Chocolate Orange Energy Balls With Dates

These yummy and healthy chocolate orange energy balls taste so good and are bursting with flavour.

They’re made with various ingredients, such as dates and oats, which are packed with nutrients including iron, zinc and magnesium.

This makes them the perfect snack for pregnancy.

These no-bake energy bites taste better than any store-bought protein balls, and they’re the perfect way to satisfy a sweet tooth craving.

You’ll love these chocolate orange energy balls because they’re packed with so much good stuff. Dates, cacao powder, almond butter and orange zest with a hint of maple syrup give them their fudgy texture.

The ingredients in chocolate orange energy balls are simple

  • Almond butter gives these protein balls a fudgy texture and a subtle hint of nutty flavour.
  • Dates contain essential minerals and vitamins for pregnancy, including magnesium, iron & B6. They also have several types of antioxidants & they’re high in fibre.
  • Orange zest adds a refreshing natural citrus flavour.
  • Oats are naturally a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, fibre, and antioxidants. They also contain minerals like magnesium, copper & zinc.
  • Cacao powder is rich in polyphenols which are naturally occurring antioxidants.

These chocolate orange energy balls are a simple, one-bowl snack you can make in just minutes.

If you’re looking for an easy, delicious snack that you can make in one bowl, these energy balls are your jam.

Seriously. ONE BOWL. That’s it.

I always appreciate a recipe requiring minimal equipment that’s easy to make!

All you’ll need to do is mix up all the ingredients and roll them into little balls. Pop them in the fridge for an hour or two before enjoying them.

These chocolate orange energy balls are also a perfect pre-workout snack, will keep you going through those long days at work, or, satisfy your sweet tooth craving.

Here’s how to make them:-


Makes 24 protein balls

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  • 1 cup pitted dates (Medjool)
  • 3/4 cup oats (gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder (optional – but makes them extra chocolatey)
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 3 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 2 servings of vegan chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips

Chocolate Drizzle Topping:

  • 1/4 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp hemp seeds (coating the protein balls) – Put the hemp seeds onto a plate and set aside. Place the chocolate chips + coconut oil into a bowl and microwave until melted. The coconut oil helps to keep the chocolate thin & easy to drizzle. It also gives a nice flavour.


  1. Place the dates + oats into a food processor and blend until its fine breadcrumbs. Add the almond butter and mix for another 1-2 minutes.
  2. Add the maple syrup, protein powder, orange zest, orange juice, and cacao powder (if using) and blend until the mixture forms a dough. Add the chocolate chips and pulse until they’re mixed into the dough. Place the dough into a bowl and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes. (this makes it easier to roll)
  3. Place parchment paper onto a baking tray and the hemp seeds onto a plate. Remove the dough from the fridge and form 24 equal-sized balls.
  4. Roll each ball to cover with hemp seeds, then place it onto the prepared tray. Repeat until all of the balls are coated with hemp seeds. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil (in the notes section).
  5. Drizzle each ball with the melted chocolate and sprinkle with a bit of sea salt. Place in the fridge to set. Once set, store in a glass container in the fridge to enjoy cold.

Additional Notes

  • Chocolate topping – 4 tbsp hemp seeds + 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips + 1/2 tsp coconut oil. Put the hemp seeds onto a plate and set aside. Place the chocolate chips + coconut oil into a bowl and microwave until melted. The coconut oil helps to keep the chocolate thin & easy to drizzle. It also gives a nice flavour.
  • Serving size – Each protein ball = protein 4g, total carbs 13g, net carbs 7g, sugar 6g, fibre 4g, calories 110, iron 2mg, and magnesium 67mg.
  • Dates – Medjool dates were used for this recipe. Pitted and then halved before measuring.
  • Leftover melted chocolate – Place the leftover protein balls into the melted chocolate bowl. Using a teaspoon, coat them with the chocolate. Pop them onto the prepared baking tray, then sprinkle them with sea salt before placing them into the fridge to set.
  • Less messy – Slightly wet your hands while forming the dough balls to make them less sticky.
  • No maple syrup – Replace with honey or date syrup.
  • Protein Powder – A plant-based protein powder was used to develop this recipe. When choosing a protein powder for pregnancy, avoid the ones with added herbs, vitamins + minerals, and added sugars. Make sure it’s third-party tested.
  • More protein – Add a scoop of collagen to the mixture.

These energy balls are the perfect balance of chocolate and orange, but they’re also super easy to whip up.

You only need one bowl, so there’s no excuse not to make these!

Let me know in the comments if you’re going to try them…

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