Dark Chocolate Covered Energy Bites

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Dark Chocolate Covered Energy Bites are another spin on my original Peanut Butter Power Balls. These include a healthy nut and date center topped with a dark chocolate coating. Win/Win for balance! 

Overhead shot of a small bowl of energy bites on a gray tray, with other energy bites scattered around.

Power Balls with Dates

I was recently sorting out my nut and raisin bin (I use these ingredients SO often!) and decided it was time to clean it out. I stumbled upon “almost empty” bags of sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and pistachios – and then this recipe was created.

We love to keep healthy, homemade snacks handy for when we need them, and THIS recipe is now added to our stash. Several other items we keep for “hunger pain emergencies” include Peanut Butter Power Balls, Trail Mix Granola Bars, Homemade Cranberry Nut Granola, and Honey Roasted Nuts.

Side shot of a baking sheet of just made dark chocolate covered energy bites.

Can you use dates as a binder?

Yes you can! Normally, I use peanut butter and/or honey in my power balls/energy bites. But this time, I used Medjool Dates, aka “Nature’s Candy Store”. These dates are naturally sweet, in an unprocessed way. They are also high in fiber, a natural constipation relief remedy (ahem!), a great energy booster, good for your heart (reduces triglyceride levels), and are helpful in bone health.

Dates also help bind these energy bites together, especially if you soak them in water before using the food processor. Soaking them first helps to soften them, which is necessary unless your dates are already extremely soft. Mine were not.

Overhead shot of a food processor filled with processed ingredients for energy bites.

Ingredients needed for Dark Chocolate Energy Bites:

My Dark Chocolate Energy Bites have only seven ingredients, including the dark chocolate coating which you can omit if you are being SUPER healthy. I personally like a little bit of chocolate with these bites.

  • dates
  • sunflower seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • pistachios
  • dark chocolate chips
  • vanilla
  • dark chocolate melting chocolate

You will need a food processor to puree all the ingredients. As the dates soften, the nuts will release their natural oils, making a dough like consistency (see the photo above). It’s very easy to form the small balls, and you don’t actually need the chocolate coating if you prefer to use only the first six ingredients.

Collage of the process of adding chocolate to the energy bites.

How to make Dark Chocolate Covered Energy Bites:

  1. Prep dates. Take the 20 dates, and soak them in warm water for about 10 minutes. This will allow them to soften up and they will become a BETTER binder for these energy bites.
  2. Process energy bites. In a food processor, combine the softened dates, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, pistachios, dark chocolate chips, and vanilla. Pulse, and then let it run for several minutes to get everything well processed. This will allow you to form balls without adding other things (like peanut butter and/or honey).
  3. Form balls. Dump the energy bite mixture in another bowl. Then form it into small balls. You should get about 20 of them in total. Set them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and freeze until firm.
  4. Add chocolate. Take one ball at a time, and dip in chocolate until well coated. Shake off excess chocolate and place back on baking sheet. Place pan back in freezer until hardened.
  5. EAT!
Side shot of a hand holding a partially eaten dark chocolate energy bite.

I’ve always kept a bunch of “healthy” snacks in my pantry. Granola bars, fruit snacks, goldfish crackers, etc. Oh hey, but are they REALLY healthy snacks? Not so much.

What I like about these, is that you know EXACTLY what’s in them. Only seven ingredients (providing you use the chocolate), and they are super quick to make. It’s quicker to make these than to run to the grocery store. Oh, and they taste GREAT! 🙂

A gray tray of dark chocolate energy bites, some of which are in a small white bowl.

Make this delicious snack next: Homemade Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

xoxo ~Sue

Overhead shot of a small bowl of energy bites on a gray tray, with other energy bites scattered around.

Dark Chocolate Covered Energy Bites

Dark Chocolate Covered Energy Bites are another spin on my original Peanut Butter Power Balls. These include a healthy nut and date center topped with a dark chocolate coating. Win/Win for balance! 
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 22 bites
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf


  • 20 whole Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 8 oz. dark chocolate melting wafers


  • Place dates in bowl and soak them in warm water for approximately 10 minutes.
  • Strain the dates and place in food processor. Add nuts, dark chocolate chips and vanilla, and pulse until smooth, approximately 3-4 minutes.
  • Roll into 22 balls and place on baking sheet. Freeze until firm.
  • Melt the dark chocolate melting wafers in the microwave for about one minute using only 50% power. You may need another 30 seconds. The chocolate should be smooth and creamy. Be careful not to over-cook.
  • Dip the energy bites in the chocolate (using a dipping tool). Roll the ball around in the chocolate until it is completely covered. Lift it out using the tool and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
  • Place baking sheet in the refrigerator until set.


These are best stored in the refrigerator or even the freezer. 


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 148mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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  1. Due to health reasons I have practically cut meat out of my diet and just eat fish, fruit and vegetables, lots of nuts and berries and came across this recipe from a friend, which has given me the fix of sugar that I no longer have and I am obsessed with them !! I make them every week and dip them in green and Blacks dark chocolate they are freaking amazing. They need to be eaten straight out of the freezer, they do not freeze they are just firm and the dark chocolate is absolutely delicious eating this way. All natural sugar from the dates and you can put all different types of nuts in but I particularly like the pistachio with the pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. I also add chocolate into the mix I also add chocolate into the mix and use lots of “Duchy” dates in mine with a sqidge of honey, pure delight and you know exactly what is in them. How can something that tastes so good actually be good for you 😋😋

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Claire! What a sweet review! I’m so glad you are enjoying them as much as I do! 🙂

    2. My pleasure, I am starting to farm them out to my friends and family as a special treats and the feedback is always very positive. I think I must have a cruise through your other recipes and see what other wonders you have for me to prepare thanks again Claire 😁

      1. Suebee Homemaker says:

        Aww, that’s sweet. Thank you Claire!

  2. This is a fantastic boost of energy and a healthy sweet when I really need one.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yup. Same for me. I eat one every day!

  3. Amen Sister! 116 calories, 7 ingredients and chocolate all wrapped into one awesome snack! These can be added to my shelf that only contains the best of the best! ?

  4. I love making energy bites at home and these look absolutely delicious and so easy! YUM!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks Natalie! 🙂

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