5 Best Mocha Coffee Energy Balls Recipe

If you love the combination of chocolate and coffee, this mocha coffee energy balls recipe is perfect for you!

Mocha Coffee Energy Balls Recipe
Coffee energy balls are a healthy snack and very easy to prepare

Mocha coffee energy balls are a delicious and healthy snack and are very easy to prepare! These lightly caffeinated treats are also a good way to start your day. Whether you have a long study session or a busy work schedule ahead of you, these bite-sized snacks will give you the energy you need. 

These energy balls are made with healthy ingredients, and the combination of chocolate and coffee will make you crave more! If you are looking for a study companion or something to get you through those long weekdays, this coffee energy ball recipe just might be what you need.

What Is Mocha Flavor?

The word “mocha” is a shortened version of “caffè mocha,” which simply means coffee with a chocolate flavor. This drink was named after a city in Yemen known as Mocha or al-Mukha, where the monopoly of the world coffee trade was centered for 200 years. 

Nowadays, the delicious combination of coffee and chocolate is featured in almost all types of treats. You can find brownies, cakes, cookies, ice cream, and many other treats with a mocha flavor.

You may also be interested in reading our guide on how to make mocha iced coffee.

What Are Mocha Coffee Energy Balls Made Of?

Coffee Almonds

In this recipe, we used coffee almonds to have a mocha flavor. If you do not have coffee almonds at home, you can simply make them by combining one cup of raw almonds and one teaspoon of instant coffee.

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You can prepare coffee almonds using raw almonds and instant coffee

Dates

Medjool dates can naturally sweeten recipes, so you have the option not to add any sugar when making energy balls. Don’t forget to remove the pits before putting them in your food processor!

Almond Butter

You can use any almond butter that you prefer, but it works best with natural types with a runny consistency. You can also use cashew butter or peanut butter if you do not have almond butter at home.

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Cocoa Powder

As mentioned earlier, the word “mocha” simply means the combination of coffee and chocolate. So, to add a rich chocolate flavor, you can use cocoa powder or cacao powder like the Navitas Organics Organic Cacao Powder.

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Maple Syrup

You can also add real maple syrup, another popular natural sweetener, to further sweeten your energy balls.

Vanilla

Adding vanilla extract to your recipe will create a perfect balance to the rich flavors of coffee and cocoa, so don’t skip it!

Salt

Add a pinch of salt to enhance all of the flavors.

How To Make Mocha Coffee Energy Balls

Ingredients:

  • One cup of coffee almonds
  • Ten pitted Medjool dates
  • A quarter cup of almond butter
  • One quarter cup and one tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • Two tablespoons of real maple syrup
  • One teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • One quarter teaspoon of salt

Method: 

Step 1: Process The Ingredients

Put all the ingredients in a food processor.

Process until it forms an evenly crumbled and sticky mixture. You should be able to pinch the mixture between your fingers with your hands. If it is too dry, add an additional Medjool date or a small amount of maple syrup. 

Step 2: Shape

Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls. Enjoy!

Store these mocha coffee energy balls in an airtight container at room temperature or inside your refrigerator. These energy balls will last for five to seven days, or you can store them in your freezer to make them last for up to three months.

Things To Do With Your Coffee Energy Bites

Add Chocolate Chips

You can press mini chocolate chips into the energy balls if you love chocolate.

Decorate Your Energy Balls

You can decorate your energy balls by rolling them in shredded coconut, cocoa powder, hemp seeds, or chia seeds. 

Make Them Caffeine-Free

If you are not a coffee fan or are a parent making these energy balls for your kids, just use raw almonds for your recipe. The final result will still have a sweet chocolate taste but no caffeine or coffee flavor.

5 Coffee Energy balls Recipe

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Easy to prepare coffee energy bites

1. No-Bake Chocolate Coffee Energy Balls

Ingredients:

  • One cup of raw cashews
  • Three tablespoons of coffee beans
  • One cup of pitted dates
  • One-quarter cup of finely chopped dark chocolate

Method:

Step 1: Process The Cashews & Coffee

Put the cashews and coffee beans in a food processor. Break them down into coarse, grainy flour. 

Step 2: Add The Dates

Add the pitted dates and process until it forms a thick, sticky mixture. You should be able to pinch the mixture between your fingers with your hands. 

If it is too crumbly (usually when the dates are too dry), add one teaspoon of warm water and try processing again. You can repeat this process one or two more times if needed; make sure that you can squeeze the mixture together.

Step 3: Add The Chocolate

Add the finely chopped dark chocolate and pulse a few times to combine. 

Step 4: Shape

Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls. Enjoy!

Store these chocolate coffee energy balls in an airtight container and put them in your refrigerator. These energy balls will last up to two weeks, or you can store them in your freezer to make them last up to three months.

2. Peanut Butter Coffee Energy Balls

Ingredients:

  • One and a half cups of pitted Medjool dates
  • One-quarter cup of peanut butter
  • Two tablespoons of water
  • One teaspoon of instant coffee
  • One cup of rolled oats
  • Half a cup of almond flour
  • One-quarter cup of mini chocolate chips
  • A pinch of salt

Method:

Step 1: Process The Dates & Peanut Butter

Put the dates, peanut butter, and water in a food processor. Process until the dates are broken down and look like a paste.

Step 2: Add The Other Ingredients

Add the instant coffee, rolled oats, almond flour, and salt. Process until well combined.

At this point, if it is too dry to roll into balls, then add a bit more water. If it is too wet to roll into balls, then add a bit more almond flour.

Step 3: Shape

Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls.

Press mini chocolate chips into the energy balls once you are done forming them. Enjoy!

3. Asian Coffee Coconut Energy Balls

Ingredients:

  • Three-quarter of a cup of raw almonds
  • One-third of a cup of pitted Medjool dates
  • Half a tablespoon of chia seeds
  • Four teaspoons of instant coffee
  • Half a teaspoon of cocoa powder
  • One tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Two tablespoons of sweetened condensed coconut milk
  • A quarter cup of coconut flakes for coating

Method:

Step 1: Process The Almonds & Dates

Put the almonds and dates in a food processor. Process until they are broken into fine pieces.

Step 2: Add The Remaining Ingredients

Add all the remaining ingredients except for the coconut flakes. Process until well combined.

Step 3: Shape

Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls.

Coat them in coconut flakes. Enjoy!

4. Dirty Chai Energy Balls

Ingredients:

For the energy balls:

  • One and a quarter cup of gluten-free rolled oats
  • One tablespoon of espresso powder 
  • One tablespoon of chia seeds
  • Half a cup of creamy natural nut or seed butter
  • A third of a cup of honey or brown rice syrup
  • Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Two tablespoons of mini chocolate chips

For the homemade Chai spice blend:

  • One teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • Half a teaspoon of cardamom
  • A quarter teaspoon of ground ginger
  • One eight of a teaspoon of allspice
  • One eight of a teaspoon of ground cloves
  • One eight of a teaspoon of ground nutmeg

Method:

Step 1: Mix The Dry Ingredients

Put the oats, chai spice blend, espresso powder, chia seeds, and mini chocolate chips in a large bowl, then combine.

Step 2: Mix The Wet Ingredients

Add the nut butter, honey or brown rice syrup, and vanilla extract. Combine using a spatula or spoon.

Step 3: Freeze

Once the ingredients are well combined, put the bowl in the freezer for about 10 minutes (or refrigerator for 20 minutes). The cold mixture will be a lot easier to form into energy balls. 

Step 4: Shape

Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls. Enjoy!

Store these dirty chai energy balls in an airtight container and put them in your refrigerator. These energy balls will last for about two to three weeks, or you can store them in your freezer to make them last for three to four months.

5. Chocolate Espresso Almond Energy Bites

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Chocolate Espresso Almond Energy Bites

Ingredients:

  • One cup of rolled oats
  • Two-thirds of a cup of almond butter
  • A quarter cup of maple syrup
  • Two tablespoons of unsweetened shredded coconut
  • One teaspoon of espresso powder
  • Half a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A quarter teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • Two ounces of finely chopped dark chocolate
  • A pinch of salt

Method:

Step 1:  Process The Oats

Put the rolled oats in a food processor. Pules four to five times until the oats are coarse.

Step 2: Mix The Ingredients

Put the oats in a large bowl, along with the almond butter, maple syrup, unsweetened shredded coconut, espresso powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Stir until well until combined. 

Step 3: Add The Chocolate

Add the finely chopped dark chocolate and stir a few more times to combine.

Step 4: Shape

Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls. Enjoy!

You might also be interested in reading our chocolate coffee protein balls recipe.

Author

  • Danico Dacillo became a fan of coffee when he was in college 'cause it helps him stay awake. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, but now working as a content writer. His passion for writing started when he was still in grade school -- as a sports news writer.