If you haven’t made energy bites yet, then it’s about time you jump on the bandwagon. They truly are the perfect on the go snack or late night bite to keep in your fridge or freezer (and are especially great for mamas to be!)
After cleaning out my freezer yesterday (I’m in true nesting mode these days) I found a stasher bag full of these brownie energy bites and got ridiculously excited!
This nourishing energy bite recipe was originally from a former business I co-founded called the Healthy Glow Co. They were amazing and I decided to repost them because frankly, ’tis the season for all things mint + chocolate.
Ingredients in brownie energy bites
These delicious mint brownie bites are made with 5 simple, wholesome ingredients, and guess what? Not one of them is sugar. Just raw walnuts, dates, cocoa powder (or cacao), vanilla and mint extract. Plus a little salt if you’d like!
The only sweetener in these little bites of goodness is medjool dates. If you weren’t already aware, dates are an amazing source of fiber and vitamins, and their natural sweetness (and sticky texture!) is perfect for adding to no bake snacks and treats.
Why omega 3s are good for you
These brownie energy bites are packed with omega-3s thanks to walnuts. Omega-3s are a wonderful fatty acid that’s essential for your brain, your heart and the immune system. Most people will fail to get enough omega-3s in their diet as we tend to not eat enough fish, walnuts, or veggies with the type of fat. You can read more about 0mega-3s here.
Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3s but did you know that they also contain copper, vitamin e, and other anti-inflammatory properties? I’ve never been more of a fan of walnuts until now! Read more on walnuts and why they’re good for you here.
The mint brownie bites have a walnut & date base that’s packed with omega 3’s, plus a bit of cocoa powder and mint extract to give them an indulgent taste that’s actually healthy and nourishing for your body. DIG IN.
How to make mint chocolate brownie energy bites
These energy bites are easy to make and also happen to be vegan and gluten free! All you’ll need is a few ingredients, a food processor and a cookie scoop (or you can use your hands). Here’s how to make them:
- Add walnuts and pitted dates to the food processor and pulse until dates and walnuts begin to come together.
- Add cocoa powder, vanilla extract, mint extract and salt. Process again until a dough forms. If a dough isn’t forming together, add a tablespoon of warm water and process again.
- Use a medium cookie scoop to grab the mixture and then use your hands to roll into 8 balls. Feel free to double the recipe if you’d like!
- Place balls on a baking sheet or a plate and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill. Then transfer to an airtight container or stasher bag. Store in fridge for 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Ways to make these energy bites your own
There are plenty of ways to get creative and make these energy bites your own! Here are a few suggestions:
- Add 1 tablespoon hemp seeds or chia seeds for an additional nutritional boost.
- Leave out the mint extract to have just a chocolate brownie bite.
- Add 1/3 cup shredded coconut for a chocolate coconut energy bite (leave out the mint).
- Add a scoop of your favorite unflavored or chocolate protein powder (I love Vital Proteins collagen peptides).
How to store & freeze energy bites
Keep these mint brownie energy bites in an airtight container for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 2 months. If you’re eating them straight from the freezer I’d recommend letting them soften up a bit in the fridge or at room temp before doing so.
I hope you love this brownie energy bite recipe as much as I do. If you make this recipe be sure to leave a comment below, rate the recipe and let me know how you liked them. I appreciate you! xo.
No Bake Omega 3 Mint Brownie Energy Bites
Delicious no bake mint brownie energy bites packed with omega 3s thanks to heart-healthy walnuts! These mint chocolate energy bites are made with only 5 ingredients and taste exactly like a brownie. Truly the best healthy snack or treat to keep in your fridge or freezer!
- 1 cup (4 ounces) raw walnut halves
- 1 cup packed pitted medjool dates
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon mint or peppermint extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Place walnuts and dates into a food processor. Process for about 1 minute or until walnuts and dates come together well. Walnuts should be slightly chunky.
Add in the remaining ingredients: cocoa powder, vanilla extract, mint extract and salt. Pulse until a dough forms. The dough texture should be thick and clumpy, and possibly come together into a ball. If it isn't, then add 1 or 2 tablespoons of warm water.
Use a cookie dough scoop to grab 1 tablespoon of mixture and then roll into a ball. Place onto a small baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Repeat until all the mixture is gone. Place in fridge for 30 minutes to allow balls to chill and harden a bit.
After balls are done chilling, transfer to an airtight container or reusable bag and store in fridge for 1 week or in freezer for up to 3 months.
Energy bites can be kept in freezer in a freezer ziploc bag or stasher bag for up to 3 months.
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by: Eat Love Eats