Need a little pick me up? Give these chocolate peppermint balls a try! This guilt-free snack is gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free…and oh-so-delicious! These chocolate energy balls are portable and will leave you feeling great.
I came up with these little gems a couple of weeks ago when I wanted a festive take on a chocolate snack ball. It took me quite a few tries to come up with a recipe that worked because my usual chocolate ball recipe wasn’t having it with the “minty” flavor. Sadly, I had to scrap that and start over completely. I ended up creating a completely new recipe and these chocolate energy bites are exactly what I hoped for.
Before you get nervous, trust me. I’m not going to make you grind or mash or whatever it is you do with mint leaves to make this healthy treat. Nope. All you need is some peppermint extract and a few other “normal” ingredients.
Plus they couldn’t be any easier to make! Seriously, it takes about 5 minutes to whip up a batch of these chocolate mint balls!
A Healthy Alternative
This is the time of year when delicious food starts appearing from every direction. You might be trying really hard to keep it out of the house, but those treats find a way in. Your neighbor brings over freshly baked Christmas cookies (how can you say no to that?!), your kids come home with treats, or maybe you simply love baking and whipping up batch after batch of cookies yourself.
I’m with you there; it’s hard to resist this time of year. But I’ve learned one big secret about making wise choices; we have to give ourselves a healthier alternative.
For example, if all you have are fudge and carrot sticks, it’s going to be pretty hard to choose the carrots when that delicious fudge is staring at you, begging you to eat it. But if you have fudge, carrot sticks, and healthier chocolate peppermint balls in your fridge, well, now you have some good choices.
Mint Chocolate Energy Balls Easy Grab and Go Snack
I like to make a double or even triple batch of these chocolate mint balls. Like I said, it’s all about having that healthy alternative!
I package a set of two of these in those snack-sized Ziploc bags and keep them in a bin in the fridge. When my family is rushing out the door in the mornings or for after-school activities, it makes it super easy to grab a couple of bags to eat in the car.
Plus, it’s one of the few snacks that everyone in the family likes – major mom win!
Delicious Chocolate Energy Bites
The reason everyone likes them? They are downright delicious.
I mean, what if I said these chocolate balls that tasted like a twist of cookie and brownie?
Plus, they have the perfect combination of mint and chocolate. I’ve always enjoyed the mint and chocolate flavor (anyone else a huge Andes fan?).
Also, these peppermint balls are completely guilt-free because there’s no grains, dairy, or refined sugar.
And they are so good that you’ll be dancing among sugar plum fairies, singing “Oh little minty balls of chocolate, where you have been all my life?”
Oops. I may have gotten a little carried away there. Chocolate mint balls make me do that!
How to Make Chocolate Peppermint Balls
But seriously, these chocolate peppermint balls are addictively delicious. And not in a bad way because they’re gluten-free and Paleo too. Of course, that’s no excuse to eat the entire batch at one time, but it does mean these delectable little balls of goodness are a great alternative to many other holiday treats.
In short, just try these little bites. You will be so happy you did.
Here’s a quick list of the ingredients I use & recommend:
- pitted dates
- cacao powder
- shredded unsweetened coconut
- almond milk (or dairy-free milk of choice)
- peppermint extract
Step by Step Directions:
First, use your food processor to chop the walnuts until they are well chopped.
Then, add in your dates to the chopped walnuts. Hit the pulse button a few times until the dates and walnuts are mixed together.
Add the rest of the ingredients, and pulse again to mix.
Form the dough into 1″ balls. The best way I have found to do this is to use a small cookie dough scoop. You could also simply use a spoon to scoop a bit of mixture into your (clean) hands and roll them into balls on your own.
Tip: if your “dough” is extra thick or tough, you can add an extra tablespoon of dairy-free milk. You don’t want the dough to be runny, but you need it malleable enough to form it into balls.
How to Store the Chocolate Peppermint Balls
These balls will need to be refrigerated to stay fresh. Like I mentioned above, I often will bag mine into snack-sized baggies so I can have an easily portable grab and go snack. You could skip the baggies and simply store in an airtight container within the fridge as well.
More Healthy Christmas Recipes:
- Diary-Free Paleo Eggnog
- Gluten-Free Raspberry Bars
- The Best Vegan Paleo Buckeyes
- Paleo Eggnog Chia Pudding
Pin the image below to save the recipe for later!
Chocolate Mint Balls
These Chocolate Mint Balls are addictively delicious and with no grains, dairy, or refined sugar, they’re a snack you can enjoy guilt-free. Plus they couldn’t be easier to make!
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 24 1x
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 2/3 cup shredded coconut + extra for coating
- 2 Tbsp almond milk (or coconut milk or your favorite dairy-free option)
- 1–1.5 tsp peppermint extract
- Put the walnuts in your food processor and pulse until well chopped.
- Add the dates and pulse again until mixed well.
- Add the cacao, 2/3 cup shredded coconut, peppermint extract, and 1 Tbsp almond milk. Pulse until combined. Add 1 more tbsp of milk if needed (you should be able to roll into balls easily.) Add a little more peppermint extract if you want an extra minty flavor.
- Form into 1″ balls
- Keep refrigerated
Brittany W says
I have a bit of a sweet tooth, but I also have celiac disease. Finding recipes that work for that can be hard! These sound so good and chocolate plus mint just makes me think of the holiday season.
They are amazing I just made these ?
valmg @ From Val's Kitchen says
It is terrific how simple these are to make. I love it when something tasty can be whipped up in 5 minutes!
Chocolate and mint is one of my favorite combinations. These sound amazing and I love that they can be made so quickly!
Those look so yummy. I didn’t realize you could make paleo desserts.
Tre Harrington says
Look so easy to make and so yummy!! Thanks for the great recipe!
This is so delicious! It’s just the best choc-mint fix I have been longing for. Thank you so much!
Do these energy balls freeze easily, without changing the texture or appearance?
Good question! I haven’t tried freezing these balls because they never last long enough in my house. If you do, can you let us know how it works out? Thanks, Melissa!
These are delicious! However i want to make some for Christmas and i am wondering how long they would last in the fridge?
Hi Alana, they should last a few days in the fridge before they start going stale. Enjoy!
Lori Pier says
Do you have to use coconut? No one in my family cares for coconut but these sound so yummy and easy to make!
Lori Pier says
Do you have to use coconut? If so, can I replace it with something else?
Can you replace the walnuts with a different like almond or cashew? My husband is allergic to walnuts but chocolate mint!
Jessica, I’d try pecans as an alternative. If that’s not an option, than cashews. Good luck!
I just made the recipe with cashews since we didn’t have walnuts in the house. —great consistency and delicious
Hi Erika I found this recipe today and my son and I made it after school. He loves store bought cacao and mint balls so am soooo happy he loves these (he is 5). They are perfect with a cup of coffee for me as a treat and hubby likes them too. Can’t wait to try more of your yummy recipes as I’m grain feee, dairy free and lots more free so your site and laid back style is perfect for me.
Hi Liz! I’m so glad to hear that. Comments like this make my day. Thank you! 🙂
What kind or brand of cacao do you use? I used to do a literal ton of holiday baking and one of my ? start pieces were my ? chocolati rum balls and truffles, but everyone is either on watching their weight by being on the paleo diet, keto diet gastic sleeve weight loss or a vegetarian like me so im so ☺ happy to now have this in my recipe arsenal ☺! Fyi…i pretty much have all the ingredients on hand to make chocolate peanut butter balls rolled in crushed peanuts …mmmm!
Can you freeze these?
Hi Tessa, I have not tried freezing these balls, so I don’t know. They’re easy enough to make though – you could try a freezing a couple and see?
These are so addictive! Absolutely loved them!
Michelle Whiting says
However I used Seville orange extract…. to die for!
Chocolate orange balls
Yum! Great idea, Michelle. Thanks for the tip!
One of my favourite recipes and so healthy! Kids and husband love them too!