Turtle Energy Balls

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How do you transform a classic candy into a much healthier treat? First off, you clicked on this recipe, so you are on the right path. Energy balls are the best snacks because they pack healthy fats, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and more into bite-sized balls. Think of them like little nuggets of deliciousness because they easily take on the flavors of any candy or cookie, only without all the processed sugar and fat.

All you need is a food processor, ingredients, and your energy balls are a few minutes of pulsing away from becoming a real life snack. The blending part is the easiest component to the recipe. When it comes time to shape them into bite-size balls, things can be clean or messy. You can use a tablespoon or cookie scooper to form little balls, or you can use your hands. If you really want to avoid a mess on your hands, you can wear disposable gloves, wet them with water, and form the energy balls. Or, you can simply wet your bare hands with water before forming the balls. That will help avoid sticking or clumping!

The only thing to be careful about with this turtle energy balls is how many you eat in one sitting. Because they contain raw almond butter, dates, raw pecans, and chia seeds, they are high in calories. Because they have contain healthy fats, fiber, and protein, you don’t need to eat a lot to get full. Enjoy one or two between meals and you will be golden!

Turtle Energy Balls
  • Prep Time:10m
  • Total Time:10m


  • 1 c Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 c raw almond butter
  • 1/2 c raw pecans
  • 1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. raw caca powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt


  1. Soak the dates in warm water for about 10 minutes and then drain the water.
  2. Add the soaked dates and the rest of the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until a thick batter forms. You may need to stop blending, scrape down the sides, and continue blending to fully incorporate all of the ingredients.
  3. Once you achieve the smooth batter, stop blending and get ready to form the mixture into balls. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, wet your hands, and form tablespoon-size balls. Place the balls on the baking sheet and then place in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from the freezer and enjoy. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to two months.


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