Quick and Easy Mint Brownie Energy Balls

Makes 8-10 Balls

With dates for natural sweetness, cashews for plant protein, and no oil involved, these healthy yet decadent energy balls are the perfect on-the-go snack or dessert. So easy to make, and ready in minutes!


1 cup dates

1 teaspoon mint extract

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

2 tbsp cocoa powder

¼ teaspoon salt

¼ cup whole cashews

2 tbsp - ¼ cup mini vegan chocolate chips


Line a cookie sheet with foil or parchment, set aside.

Add all ingredients (minus chocolate chips) to a food processor, processing until a semi-smooth mixture has formed. Fold in chocolate chips.

Next, form into 8-10 even-sized balls and place on sheet pan; they may be a little sticky. If necessary, let balls chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to completely firm up.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in refrigerator for up to a week, or freeze for up to a month.


I use plain and unsalted cashews, but feel free to use roasted and/or salted. If using salted, omit the ¼ tsp salt.

For a smoother and more combined mixture, add 1-2 tbsp warm water as needed (especially for weaker food processors).

For a refined sugar free option, simply skip the chocolate chips, or replace them with your favorite refined sugar free version!

Although I haven’t tried it, I’m sure a blender would work just as well for this recipe.

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