No-Bake Loaded Mocha Balls

333d43f0-01a7-4b5d-a0d6-537394d250c0Have you ever tried Kashi’s Dark Mocha Almond bars. They’re good. A little too good, I’d say as someone who stockpiles granola bars for my office desk as soon as my favourites go on sale. This was my attempt to recreate that perfect almond-mocha flavour at home. I’m happy to report these were a huge success. 

They may be high protein snacks, but I refuse to call them “energy bites.” These mocha-flavoured balls are all about the flavour, and offer up a variety of textures to provide some heft.

No-Bake Loaded Mocha Balls

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 almond butter (I prefer chunky to smooth)
  • 4 dates, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground coffee (fine grind)
  • 2 teaspoons dark cacao powder
  • small pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup additional coconut set aside for rolling (optional)

Add all ingredients (except the extra 1/4 c. coconut) to a bowl and use a fork to mix together thoroughly.

With slightly damp hands, shape mixture into 1.5 – 2 inch balls. If desired, roll each ball in a shallow dish filled with shredded coconut to coat.

Cover and chill mocha balls in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. Keep extras refrigerated in an air-tight container until a craving strikes.

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