Coffee Energy Balls

If you’re looking for a pick me up, grab one or two of these fueling coffee energy balls. Yup, go ahead and eat your caffeine!

Hello, delicious and energizing protein balls! These coffee energy balls are refreshing, and they’re also easy to make and super tasty.

Simply combine the ingredients in a food processor, form into balls, and then place in the refrigerator overnight.

These energy balls are perfect to keep on hand for when you need an on-the-go snack. High in healthy fats, plant-based protein, and complex carbs, these coffee energy balls are sure to keep you satisfied until your next meal.

Ready to learn how to make coffee energy balls? Let’s do it!

Ingredients

You only need a handful of ingredients to whip up a batch of coffee energy balls. Of course, one of them is coffee!

Coffee beans: You’ll need two Tablespoons of ground coffee beans for this recipe.

Flax and hemp seeds: These little seeds bring healthy fats and fiber to the energy balls.

Oats: I used rolled oats to make these energy balls, which add complex carbs and an extra dose of fiber.

Nuts and nut butter: This recipe uses dry-roasted almonds and maple almond butter. Don’t have maple almond butter on hand? Just use almond butter and a little drizzle of maple syrup.

Tart cherry juice: The tart cherry juice also helps with muscle recovery after a hard workout.

Chocolate extract, dark chocolate chips, and cacao nibs: These are folded into the energy balls for a healthy chocolate boost!

coffee energy balls in a white ramekin

Step-by-step instructions

To make these coffee energy balls, start by placing the flax seeds in a food processor. Process until finely ground,

flax seeds in a food processor

then add ground coffee, hemp seeds, oats, and almonds. Process again for about 20 seconds.

ground coffee, almonds and hemp hearts in food processor

Scoop two Tablespoons of the oat mixture into a small bowl to reserve. Mix in two teaspoons of cacao nibs, and then set aside.

seed mixture in a white bowl with cacao nibs on the side

Remove the blade from the food processor, and add almond butter, chocolate extract, and cherry juice. Stir with a spoon until well combined.

nut butter being mixed into nut and seed mixture

Then, fold in the chocolate and remaining cacao nibs.

energy ball mixture in white bowl

Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. With clean hands, form the mixture into small balls.

You will be able to make about 28 balls out of this recipe. Roll them in the reserved oat mixture to coat.

chocolate chips added to energy ball mixture

Cover the baking sheet with tinfoil or plastic wrap, and place it in the refrigerator for a few hours overnight. 

Enjoy these as a quick snack after a workout, afternoon pick-me-up, or eat a few energy balls with breakfast.

hand reaching for energy ball

Recipe FAQ

Are energy balls healthy?

Yes, energy balls are healthy. They are typically made with a mixture of healthy fats like nuts and seeds, as well as energizing high-fiber grains like oats.

Although they are healthy, it is best to eat them in moderation. Two to three coffee energy balls is the perfect serving size that will keep you satisfied without overdoing it!

How do you store coffee energy balls?

You can store energy balls in the refrigerator or freezer. If you keep them in the fridge, place in a sealed container or simply keep them on the baking sheet you used during preparation.

For freezer storage, you will want to freeze the energy balls flat on a baking sheet to prevent them from sticking together. They can be kept in the freezer for up to three months.

Are energy balls gluten free?

To make these coffee energy balls gluten free, you will want to make sure to use gluten-free oats.

Although oats are naturally gluten free, they are often grown or processed alongside wheat-containing ingredients. This can lead to cross contamination.

Double check the label of the oats you purchase to make sure they are gluten free. Other than the oats, the ingredients used to make this recipe do not contain gluten.

Nutrition

Coffee energy balls are a balanced vegan snack that will keep you full and energized with carbs, protein, and healthy fat…plus caffeine!

You can pair a couple of energy balls with a piece of fruit like a banana or apple to make them even more nutrient dense and satisfying. Here’s an overview of what you’ll get from them nutritionally:

  • Calories: 80
  • Fat: 6 g (8% DV)
  • Saturated fat: 1 g (5% DV)
  • Protein: 3 g (6% DV)
  • Carbs: 5 g (2% DV)
  • Sugar:  2 g
  • Fiber: 2 g (7% DV)
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 15 mg
coffee energy bites in a ramekin bowl with some arranged on a white plate

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I hope you love these coffee energy balls as much as I do! Make a big batch and store them so you can have them available for snacking all week long.

coffee energy balls

Coffee Energy Balls

If you’re looking for a pick me up, grab one or two of these fueling coffee energy balls. Yup, go ahead and eat your caffeine!
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 28
Calories 80 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • Coffee beans as needed
  • 1 tbsp plus 2 tsp flax seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup rolled oats gluten free, if needed
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp maple almond butter
  • 1 tbsp chocolate extract
  • 2 tbsp + 1 teaspoon 100% tart cherry juice
  • 3 tbsp mini dark chocolate chips
  • 3 tbsp + 1 teaspoon cacao nibs, divided

Instructions
 

  • Measure 2 Tablespoons of ground coffee beans, and place in food processor.
  • Place flax seeds in a small food processor. Process until finely ground, and place in food processor.
  • Add hemp seeds, oats, and almonds to food processor. Process for 20 seconds.
  • Reserve 2 Tablespoons of oat mixture in a small bowl. Mix in 2 teaspoons cacao nibs, and set aside.
  • Remove blade from food processor, and add in almond butter, chocolate extract, and cherry juice. Stir with a spoon until well combined.
  • Fold in chocolate and remaining cacao nibs.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. With clean hands, form mixture into small balls. Roll in reserved oat mixture to coat.
  • Cover baking sheet with tinfoil or plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

Nutrition

Calories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 15mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2g
Keyword Coffee, energy bites
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If you’re looking for a pick me up, grab one or two of these fueling coffee energy balls. Yup, go ahead and eat your caffeine!
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