Cacao mesquite energy balls

This week I started my diabetes outpatient rotation of my internship. I’m two days into it, and my brain is already feeling ready to explode. I have so much to learn still that it’s hard to believe in less than 8 months I’ll be a Registered Dietitian. I don’t feel even close to qualified yet!

But one thing I do feel qualified to talk about is energy balls. I whipped up these cacao mesquite energy balls last week and they’ve been the perfect snack to stash in my bag. With dates for carbohydrates, seeds for protein and healthy fats, raw cacao for antioxidants, and mesquite for fibre and iron, they’re full of nutrients to keep you going throughout the day.

Cacao mesquite energy balls - a healthy vegan and nut free snack!

Cacao mesquite energy balls
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These vegan, gluten free, and nut free cacao mesquite energy balls are a fast and healthy snack full of nutritious ingredients like dates, seeds, and cacao.
Yield: 14-20 balls
  • 20 Medjool dates, pitted
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp cacao nibs
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp mesquite powder
  1. Add the dates to a food processor and process for a few seconds. Then add the rest of the ingredients all at once and process until the ingredients are mixed and the sunflower seeds have been broken into small chunks.
  2. Remove mixture from food processor bowl and roll into balls of your desired size. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy!
1. Make sure the dates are fresh and mushy - dried out dates won't work!
2. If you don't like their bitter taste, feel free to replace the cacao nibs with mini chocolate chips

Cacao mesquite energy balls

What are your favourite ingredients to use in energy balls or bars?


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35 Responses to Cacao mesquite energy balls

  1. Starting something new can sometimes be overwhelming. I am sure that in a few weeks you will start feeling for comfortable and knowledgeable! These energy balls look great! I have never tried mesquite powder before!

  2. i’ve never heard of mesquite powder before!! more info?? those balls look incredible!! haha

  3. You are most certain qualified in energy balls ;) These look amazing!

  4. These look delicious! Mesquite powder adds such a unique flavor to recipes!

  5. I really need to try making energy balls with dates, I love those delicious finds.

  6. Oh these sound good! I haven’t tried hemp seeds yet but I hear they are good and really good for you.

  7. I love energy balls! At one point, I was making them every single week. They’re just the most perfect grab-and-go snack. I just made a batch this past weekend. I definitely need to add these to the rotation!

  8. Mmmm these look delicious. I have yet to make my own energy balls/bars (caitlin fail), but my bestie Danielle made some awesome pb chocochip balls that she shared with me last week. They had oats, chia seeds, pb,
    , chocolate chips, and a few other things in them…definitely have to get the recipe because they were awesome!

    • Chelsea

      Ooh yum those sound amazing. You can never go wrong with chocolate and PB (well, soy nut butter in my case, but almost the same thing!).

  9. I’d say you’re extremely qualified in ball-making (oh god, the TWSS jokes are flying through my head right now…). Although I have to ask – what’s mesquite?

  10. I will definitely be making some energy balls post cleanse!!

  11. Oooh! I like the sounds of these. I love spicy/smokey flavours mixed with chocolate. But I’m sure that’s not a surprise to you since we are foodie soul mates.

  12. Oooh mesquite powder… is this like cayenne pepper? I bet the little spice is delicious in these!

  13. A qualification in energy balls sounds pretty good to me already :). Don’t worry about your ‘real’ one, either, though. I’m convinced you’ll be an amazing RD.

  14. Energy balls never fail! Sure to make you even smarter too ;) I credit them to grad school success! Haha

  15. They should offer certificates in date ball making. I would feel so accomplished ;)

  16. These so look like something I would make and love! We share a love for delicious superfood powders. :-)

  17. I’ve been getting the same overwhelming feeling in my own studies lately — there’s just SO much to learn in the field of health and wellness. But I’d say you have the balls thing down ;) I haven’t made any in a while, but dates, almond, oats, and chocolate are my favourite things to toss in ’em.

  18. Yumm these look great! I’m not exactly sure what mesquite powder is.. haha.. but sounds good!

  19. Gah! I have GOT to get my hands on some (cheap) mesquite! Ha, I made a rhyme!

    I definitely remember how it felt in the last few months before I was a “real” x-ray tech and then once I got my job at the hospital. I felt nowhere NEAR ready, but luckily once I got in there, it all started to flow and before too long, felt like second nature! I’m sure you’ll do great! But hey, just to be on the safe side, you should keep these babies close by. Kinda like the Twix commercials…Need a minute? Grab some balls! Bahaha! Sorry, couldn’t resist! ;)

  20. So clever to put mesquite powder in these! I literally never would have thought of that in a hundred years.

    I was born in Mesquite, TX so I feel like I should try to make these:)

    Happy Thursday, Chelsea!

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