These super easy and yummy bites pack a nutritious punch with dried blueberries, cacao powder, almonds, and chia seeds! All the taste of a chocolate covered blueberry in one bite!
Attention Chocoholics!! Can we all unite around these super yummy bites of goodness?? This recipe was an easy one for me to make and develop. I bought a huge bag of dried blueberries at Costco a few weeks ago and I found myself constantly snacking on them with a handful of salted almonds and dark chocolate chunks. Good times you guys. Unfortunately, although a nutritious snack, I was probably eating more than I should. I decided it was time to portion it all out better, and create a snack where I could be held a bit more accountable.
And they were perfect. I used medjool dates to help these bind better, added in the dried blueberries, cacao powder, used roasted and salted almonds, some chia seeds, and a dash of vanilla extract. To form these little balls, you will need a high powered blender or food processor. I have been told that it works better to soak your dates overnight in some water. I find with my Ninja food processor this is not necessary, but a good tip in case you need it!
Cacao powder is also a great addition to this snack. It is a nutrient dense food packed with magnesium and antioxidants. Compared to traditional cocoa powder (which is still a great option), cacao powder is in it’s purest form and has not been heated and is therefore more nutrient dense. It can be found in most grocery stores in the health food section.
These make a perfect on the go snack and can easily be packed in a lunchbox. Or eat them for breakfast if you need something in a hurry! My kids have been enjoying them in their lunch all week.
Chocolate Blueberry Energy Bites
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates anywhere form 12-14 dates*
- 1 cup dried blueberries
- 3/4 cup almonds*
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
Place all ingredients into a high powered food processor or blender, and mix.
Blend for 2-3 minutes until a sticky and crumbly mixture develops. You may need to stop a few times and use a spatula to scrape the sides.
Form into 1 - 1.5 inch balls by compressing mixture together and rolling into small balls or pieces.
Store in an air tight container.
*You may find it easier to soak your dates in water overnight or a few hours if your blender is not strong enough.
**I used roasted and salted almonds for the taste. Raw almonds are also fine, I just love the added salt.