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Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls

December 8, 2015

The tartness of cherries meet the sweetness of chocolate in these healthy and filling Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls. Just grab one on the go for a quick and easy snack recipe anytime of day.

The tartness of cherries meet the sweetness of chocolate in these healthy and filling Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls. Just grab one on the go for a quick and easy snack recipe anytime of day.Ever since Energy Ball Week I’ve taken a brief hiatus from ball recipes. If you follow me on Snap (TheHealthyMaven) then you know I certainly haven’t stopped making them, but after bombarding you with 12 ball recipes in 7 days, I thought it would be wise to turn it down a notch.

But inevitably, the balls come calling.

I spent the last day at my parent’s house getting some much needed R&R, celebrating Hanukkah and regressing to my childhood self.

Conversations kicked off with my parents reprimanding me for not being even remotely up-to-date on current events (what else is knew), a lesson on using Instagram, my Mom declaring she wanted “to tweet” and my dad venting about the sudden disappearance of his beloved Chocolate Cherry Kind Bars. So basically, the usual events at the Maven household.

The tartness of cherries meet the sweetness of chocolate in these healthy and filling Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls. Just grab one on the go for a quick and easy snack recipe anytime of day.I felt sufficiently guilty and insisted my Dad sign me up for Google News, gave a brief but thorough tutorial on how to use Instagram (with a bonus Hashtag session –> Dad I’m gonna test you), shutting down either of my parent’s attempts to get a twitter account and solving all my Dad’s issues by insisting he just eat balls.

He then claimed that balls are impossible to find in Toronto (I mean I only worked for a ball company but whatever…), which is somewhat true compared to the current quantity of balls in my fridge, but fortunately I happen to know someone who sort-of, kind-of, just might make energy balls for a living.

Hint: It’s me.

The tartness of cherries meet the sweetness of chocolate in these healthy and filling Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls. Just grab one on the go for a quick and easy snack recipe anytime of day.So after the usual ransacking of their kitchen for breakfast food, Costco run with my Mom, United Baker’s lunch, and a dog grooming visit, I set out to make my Dad some balls.

To be clear, the man only likes two flavours when it comes to treats: cherry or chocolate. Ideally, both. So when he asked me to make him some I knew I was only going to be making Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls. But just cause I’m convinced that one day I’ll convert him, I also dipped some of my Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls in chocolate and threw them in there too.

So now there’s officially 4 dozen balls in my parent’s freezer and I can rest easy knowing I am feeding the world healthy snacks, one ball at a time…Starting with my Dad.

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Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls

Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add the dates to a food processor and process until broken down into pea-sized bits.
  2. Add in dried cherries, cashews and almonds and process until broken down into a sticky mix.
  3. Add in sea salt and vanilla and continue processing until dough either comes together into a large ball or is sticky enough to hold it's shape (in total will be around 5 minutes of processing).
  4. Roll dough into individual-sized balls and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
  5. Melt chocolate chips in microwave or on stovetop.
  6. Dip the bottom of each ball into chocolate and place back on parchment.
  7. Drizzle balls with remaining chocolate.
  8. Place in freezer for 15 minutes to set.
  9. I like to store mine in the freezer but you can also store them in the fridge. Will keep for several months.

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Notes

I use the 14-cup Cuisinart Food Processor and love it!

The tartness of cherries meet the sweetness of chocolate in these healthy and filling Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls. Just grab one on the go for a quick and easy snack recipe anytime of day.How do your taste-preferences compare to your parents? Are your conversations as animated as ours are?

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    Maddie
    December 8, 2015 at 8:09 am

    These look amazing! I cannot wait to give these a try! 😉
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    Shannon
    December 8, 2015 at 10:17 am

    My dad doesn’t even attempt to use social media! Although I’m sure it would be comical trying to teach him! 😊

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    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen
    December 8, 2015 at 10:24 am

    So freaking cute. Saw your youngin’ self on snap. ADORBS. It is funny how little we seem looking back. But I remember feeling so old and adult-like at 17, 18. Now I just actually am old and adult-like :-p
    Ashley @ Fit Mitten Kitchen recently posted…Grain-Free Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies + holiday cookie exchange

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      Davida Kugelmass
      December 8, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      I thought I ruled the world at 17. Thank God I grew out of that phase and discovered I know nothing haha. Glad you enjoyed the snaps!

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    Ashley @ A Lady Goes West
    December 8, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Ha! Funny times with the parents. I haven’t been able to get my Mom on IG, but I know she would love scrolling through the pictures. These balls sound delish. There is no way my Dad would eat them, but I would! Great recipe! 🙂
    Ashley @ A Lady Goes West recently posted…Classic gifts for the stylish fitness-loving lady in your life

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      Davida Kugelmass
      December 8, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      yup pretty sure my Mom only follows me so she just scrolls through my stuff haha.

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    She Rocks Fitness
    December 8, 2015 at 10:40 am

    I have pretty similar taste buds to my Mom, but she definitely does not have the nut butter obsession and she cannot stand chia seeds and quinoa. HAHA! These look DELISH!
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      Davida Kugelmass
      December 8, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      hahahaha so like basically my entire diet LOL. Remind me not to make anything with nut butter, chia seeds and quinoa if she ever comes over for dinner 😉

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    rachel @ athletic avocado
    December 8, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I’m sure your Dad is one happy camper now! The combo of chocolate and cherry reminds me of black forest cake, aka perfection <3
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    Emilie @ Emilie Eats
    December 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Hahaha your parents seem like some really fun people. Thank goodness my mom is not into social media at all, lol. Love the chocolate cherry combo!! Don’t judge me but I have STILL yet to make a single ball…who am I
    Emilie @ Emilie Eats recently posted…Homemade Gingerbread Almond Butter

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    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape
    December 8, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Both my dad and I are addicted to cherries… So these balls would defintiely be our jam!
    My parents are coming out to visit us in Australia in 2 weeks time so maybe we can whip some up together! 🙂
    Jen @ Chase the Red Grape recently posted…5 Top Tips on a Tuesday – How to feel and spread holiday cheer!

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    Georgie
    December 8, 2015 at 10:08 pm

    This is the cutest story – going home is always a fun adventure.
    Also your drizzle skills are off the charts.

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      The Healthy Maven
      December 9, 2015 at 4:38 pm

      LOL I was actually nervous about it cause I totally depend on Jess for her drizzle skills. I just went a little cray and it turned out somehow!

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    Emily
    April 15, 2017 at 9:21 am

    Wow, I am now in awe of my food processor. I’m so glad you said to process for about 5 minutes because at the beginning I was like, this isn’t going to work but then after a few minutes this amazing ball of dough was formed. I actually think it took less than 5 minutes and it looks like mine got processed more than yours because my dough was completely smooth. The balls are so beautiful, like little truffles.
    I am new to energy balls and your blog but I will definitely be following now. And the fact that you are in Toronto is a bonus!

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