Chocolate Pomegranate Energy Balls are the perfect no-bake, high-fiber on-the-go snack, naturally sweetened with dates. Not only are they full of antioxidants, but they are gluten-free and can be made vegan.
These Chocolate Pomegranate Energy Balls are my love language right now.
Clearly, I’m on a pomegranate kick ya’ll. Someone stop me! Actually, don’t stop me because I have cooking and meal-prep momentum going right now and I’d like to keep it that way. I’m in a groove, and I feel like it’s taken a while to get here with a baby! And since I still have plenty of aerils left to use (when I’m not snacking on them incessantly), I’m trying some new recipes in the kitchen. Did you catch this cranberry pomegranate baked oatmeal from a few weeks back? Another recent favorite in our kitchen.
How was your holiday? Did you enjoy time with friends and family, and eat lots of yummy things? I hope you made many memories, some of which revolved around food. Because food is nostaglic.
We traveled up to Pennsylvania to spend time with Ed’s family. This was my first solo flight with Camryn (Ed drove up with Tater). While we had some minor hiccups, the travel wasn’t too bad. I didn’t expect her to nap much (we got maybe 20 minutes on the way up) because there would be so much stimulation. However, she ended up being sick for most of our time up there with a cough and cold, so that was a bummer. I just felt so helpless and it was so painful to see her not feeling well.
So, our Christmas was a little dampened because of that, but Camryn was a trooper and still made the most of it. She’s been catching up on sleep since we got home late last week and is feeling 1000% better. I hope the antibodies and immunity factors in my breastmilk are helping her, as well as lots of rest. I’ve also been focusing on some Vitamin C foods, like pomegranate seeds, bell peppers, broccoli and strawberries.
These Chocolate Pomegranate Energy Balls are addicting, I’ll just go ahead and tell you that now. You only need a few ingredients and you have a quick snack ready.
What You’ll Need
- Food Processor (I love this one)
- Nut Butter
- Honey or Maple Syrup
- Cocoa Powder
- Pomegranate Seeds
- Hemp or Flax Seeds
My favorite part about these energy bites is that they are truly satisfying. The combination of chocolate (mmm), and fats from the peanut or almond butter and hemp seeds, and fiber from the oats, seeds and dates make these a sustaining snack option. These little guys are the perfect power-food to hold you over between meals, or serve as a pre/post workout snack.
They are probably ingredients you already have on hand, too, except maybe pomegranate seeds. If you don’t have hemp seeds, flax seeds or dates on hand, I recommend stocking up. They are pantry items that I always have on hand. Hemp seeds are so easy to add to anything (salads, oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream, baked goods) to boost the protein, fiber and omega-3 content.
They don’t need to be baked so you can have a quick snack when you want them.
How to Make Chocolate Pomegranate Energy Balls
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup nut butter (I used peanut butter)
- 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup pomegranate aerils
- Add all ingredients (dates through hemp seeds) except pomegranate seeds to a food processor and pulse 5-7 times before letting the processor run.
- Process until one large energy ball forms and rolls around the blade.
- Remove ball from processor and roll into 12-16 small, bite-size energy balls. Add pomegranate seeds last.
- Move to the freezer or fridge for 15 minutes to set. This makes them easier to roll.
- Enjoy and store leftovers in refrigerator or freezer.
To soften dates, let soak in warm water for 10 minutes.
I love pomegranate seeds so much, so I plan on making extra of these in the winter when they are in season and freezing them. Or if you like a frozen snack to bite into, give these a try.
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