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Chocolate Fat Balls (Paleo, Vegan)

Chocolate Fat Balls made with nuts, seeds, cacao powder, and sweetened with dates! A delicious energy bite that is paleo and vegan.

Protein-rich fat balls made with nuts and seeds are a stellar healthy lower-sugar snack to keep you energized throughout the day.

Chocolate Fat Balls made with nuts, seeds, dates, and cacao powder. These easy-to-prepare treats are perfect for snacking.

I’ve never been much of a snacky person, but after I first made fat balls a few months ago, I’ve been putting them on repeat for that mid-morning or mid-afternoon little munch sesh.

Fat balls are just so easy to throw together in 10 minutes, and are awesome at chilling in the refrigerator or freezer for your snacking convenience.

Fat ball flavors? Let’s go crazy. Because the chocolate craving is always real, I decided to take a cacao approach to my classic Paleo Fat Balls for a little version 3.0 (v. 2.0 were those Vanilla Chai Fat Balls).

The cacao powder adds a nice richness to the balls, with the added health benefit of antioxidants.

Chocolate Fat Balls made with nuts and seeds for a protein-packed low-sugar snack.

How to Make Chocolate Fat Balls:

Simply add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend until a thick dough forms! You may need to adjust the amount of almond milk based on your food processor. 

Transfer the mixture to the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours. Roll the mixture into desired-sized balls and enjoy! 

Store the balls in the refrigerator in a sealable container or bag.

Recipe Adaptations:

  • You can change up the nuts and seeds and/or use pure maple syrup rather than dates for sweetening the fat balls.
  • I don’t make my fat balls very sweet, so if you prefer a sweeter snack, you can ramp up the number of dates you add.

For more similar recipes for energy bites or fat balls, check out my Fat Balls archive!

For your nutty chocolate fix…

Chocolate Fat Balls made with nuts, seeds, dates, and cacao powder. These easy-to-prepare treats are perfect for snacking.
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Chocolate Fat Balls

Easy to make delicious chocolate snack recipe! An energy ball with benefits! Easy to prepare, so delicious and a fun treat.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Desserts & Treats
Cuisine: American
Servings: 20 Balls
Calories: 141kcal
Author: Julia



  • Pulse all ingredients except the almond milk/coconut milk in a food processor until finely chopped. Add the milk a couple tablespoons at a time and continue processing until a sticky dough forms.
  • Transfer fat ball mixture to a sealable container and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Roll balls out of the fat ball mixture and transfer to a zip lock bag or sealed container. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.


Serving: 1Ball | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g
Paleo Vegan Chocolate Fat Balls made with clean, basic ingredients for a healthy snack or dessert!
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Wednesday 13th of June 2018

Could I use cashews instead of walnuts?


Thursday 14th of June 2018

Hi Jenny! Absolutely! Walnuts, pecans, and almonds will work as a replacement. :D


Thursday 1st of March 2018

These look delicious! Do you think I could sub almond butter or peanut butter instead of the coconut butter? (not really sure what coconut butter is, but I know I don't have it and I'm not a huge coconut flavor fan...)



Friday 2nd of March 2018

Hi Amaryah, I've never tested the recipe using a nut butter to replace the coconut butter, but I think it would work great! Let me know how it turns out!


Thursday 1st of March 2018

Hi there! In your post you talk about replacing dates with maple syrup. My kiddo is actually allergic to dates, so I would need to do so. Do you have a recommended conversion? would you need to up other solid ingredients to replace bulk of dates?


Friday 2nd of March 2018

Hi Alicia! I would start with 5 tablespoons pure maple syrup and not add any coconut milk/almond milk to start. If the ball mixture seems too crumbly and isn't sticking together, then you can start adding the coconut milk. Be sure you taste the mixture to check for sweetness...depending on how sweet your child likes their treats, you may go up to 6-8 T pure maple syrup. You shouldn't need to add any additional dry ingredients, since you'd be offsetting the wet :) Hope you love these! xo

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