Cocoa-Kissed Chia Energy Bombs

March 12, 2013 at 9:30 am 13 comments

I’m always looking for healthy portable snacks and bite-sized goodies I can take with me when I’m on-the-go. With candy and treats surrounding me ALL DAY at work, it’s nice to bring something sweet to munch on so I don’t give in to all the tempting yet processed stuff staring at me in the face when my afternoon sweet tooth hits:)

cocoa kissed chia energy bombs

You know, that chocolate monster that just won’t go away unless you feed it a little something? Some people have will power…I just trick my taste buds instead!

These no-bake energy bombs are the perfect homemade snack or treat and can be adapted to your liking! Add your favorite dried fruit, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, nut or seed butter or even mini chocolate chips or unsweetened carob chips for a little more decadence! If chocolate isn’t your thing, you could even omit the cocoa powder for a “blond” version.

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Cocoa-Kissed Chia Energy Bombs
Gluten-free, Egg-free, No-Bake, Dairy-Free, Vegan Option, Nut-free Option 


3/4 cup gluten free oats (I used Bob Red Mills) — could even try quinoa flakes for a change!
5 Tbsp ground flaxseed (I grind mine in my Magic Bullet using the “S” blade)*
1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (I used finely shredded but regular works too)**
1 Tbsp unsweetened raw cacao or cocoa powder
1 Tbsp black or white chia seeds
rounded 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (can omit but I love the flavor and health benefits of cinnamon)
4 Tbsp honey, agave or maple syrup (do not use honey if strict vegan)***
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp creamy or chunky peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter (use sunflower seed butter for nut-free)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Add-ins (Optional)
1/4 cup chocolate chips, raisins, dried cranberries, chopped dried fruit, cacao nibs, chopped nuts/seeds
or even add in your favorite extracts or spices


1. In a medium bowl, combine all dry ingredients.
2. In a large bowl, combine all wet ingredients. Next, add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until wet combined.
3. Chill for 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator. Use a spoon or your hands and scoop into rounded tablespoons then rolls into balls. Store in a container in the fridge and enjoy!

Makes 14-16 energy bombs (unless you eat the dough like me!)

*If you don’t have flaxseed, you could probably sub the flaxseed meal with a nut meal like almond flour or even a protein powder for added protein (if you try this let me know this works, I like the added fiber and nutty flavor from the flax).

**I’ve made these sans-coconut as well, just increase the oats by a 1/3 cup

***You might be able to use date paste in this recipe but you may need a little more to help hold everything together, or increase the nut butter a bit…depending on the consistency of the date paste and nut butters. I use natural nut and seeds butters (just nuts/seeds and salt) so you may have to add a little more oats or sweetener to help hold the mixture together depending on the ingredients used. If it’s too crumbly, add more sweetener, if the mixture is too runny then add a bit more oats or flax.

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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Heidi @ Food Doodles  |  March 29, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I know I’m super behind.. But I just wanted to say that these look really good😀

  • 2. beckyblueeyes  |  April 4, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    AMAZING! I gotta try these too! I like you style. A lot. Glad I found you!

  • 3. eatgreatbegreat  |  April 30, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    These sound great and I have all the ingredients at home right now! Can’t wait to try them!

  • 5. eatgreatbegreat  |  May 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    I just made these energy bombs tonight! They’re awesome and they took no time to whip up! I definitely will be making them regularly!

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  • 9. Paula  |  January 25, 2014 at 10:42 am

    These are just so good. I’ve made them both with almond butter/maple syrup, and peanut butter/honey, with and without cocoa (I must say, the cocoa is yummy). I double the chia seeds.

  • 10. Deb  |  December 29, 2014 at 6:42 am

    How Many calories are each bite?

    • 11. naturalnoshing  |  July 21, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      I don’t, I haven’t entered the recipe in MyFitnessPal to calculate yet but if you do, let me know and I can add the facts to the recipe:)

  • 12. Shayla  |  July 17, 2015 at 8:08 am

    Yummo! These are great. Thanks.

  • 13. Chelsea N  |  September 15, 2015 at 6:33 am

    I just made these!!! How many are considered a serving?


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