These deliciously decadent bites of goodness have a deep and satisfying mocha flavor, great texture and healthy ingredients!
Fast and easy to make, these no-bake energy bites are perfect for a quick snack, go great with your morning beverage and portable if you've got somewhere to be!
Yesterday was National Chocolate Day, so naturally, we had to post a recipe that includes chocolate as one of the key flavors! Why don't they have National Chocolate Day more often, I wonder?!
(We would have posted it yesterday, but were knee-deep in pumpkin-painting obligations!)
Inspired by Maleficent, they are dark, filled with natural ingredients and give you the energy of the powerful Mistress of the Moors! They resemble forest truffles, which gives them an elegant twist on the typical energy ball recipes circulating the internet!
You may think that Maleficent was born with her powers or just had them from dwelling on the moors!
Well, while that's technically true, she also needed to keep her energy up while flying, casting spells and other Dark Fairy errands!
...Enter the No Bake Moorning Mocha Energy Ball Truffles!
We took advantage of the rainy, drainy day over the weekend and went to the movies to see Maleficent, Mistress of Evil on the big screen. It was FANTASTIC! Disney did not disappoint and it rates as one of our top fave films we've seen this year! Totally worth seeing in the theater!
See our recent blog post featuring Maleficent here!
This versatile recipe can highlight your favorite smooth or crunchy nut butter -I like to combine them, myself!
If you're reading this post past Chocolate Day, no worries! Maleficent's No Bake Morning Mocha Energy Ball Truffles taste divine regardless of day, date or time. They're equally up to being a midnight snack or a quick breakfast!
Chocolate deserves more than just one day that celebrates this wonderful food!
Here are other fun days that should be marked on your calendar too! Did we leave any out?
Other National Days with Chocolate:
National Chocolate Cupcake Day-October 18th
National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day-August 4th
National Chocolate Cake Day-January 27th
National Chocolate Chip Day-May 15th
National Chocolate Ice Cream Day-June 7th
Back to the morning energy bites...
Whether you need a pick-me-up at the beginning of the work week, or as a healthy, yet indulgent Saturday snack, Maleficent's No Bake Morning Mocha Energy Ball Truffles are the way to go!
Maleficent's No Bake Morning
Mocha Energy Ball Truffles
Vegan and Wheat-free!
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes
Servings: 16-20 Truffles -depending on size of scoop!
Equipment Needed: Food processor, food disher (1 Tablespoon size)
2 Tablespoons cocoa
1/4-1/2 cup brewed coffee
1/2 cup nut butter of choice
1 cup oats
NOTE: If using unsalted nut butter, add 1/8 teaspoon of salt
1-2 Tablespoons milk of choice for softer result
Extra cocoa, chopped or shaved bar chocolate
Process oats in food processor until finely ground.
Add cocoa, sugar (and salt if using unsalted nut butters) and process to mix.
Add the peanut butter and 1/4 coffee and process.
Add more coffee as needed--this is a texture preference. Less coffee will give you a cookie-dough batter type consistency whereas more will give you a smoother, moister result. I try to add as much coffee as possible to really amp up the mocha flavor! (You can sub out the extra coffee with milk of choice to give more of a latte flavor!
Process until well blended and uniform in color.
Scoop into balls - a food disher works great for this. I use a 1 Tablespoon size - but this is merely a preference. If you like larger-golf ball sized truffles, go for it!
I like cold-brewed coffee, but any coffee that you enjoy the flavor of is fine! Left-over from the coffee pot is a great use of that last half cup!
I use either peanut butter or a mix of almond and peanut butter, or cashew and peanut butter.
I've made it with quick oats and regular rolled oats - they both came out great!
I've used both confectioner's sugar and unrefined sugar - and both yield excellent results. The confectioner sugar will result in a slightly more dense end result, whereas the regular sugar gives a more smooth, decadent texture. I recommend sticking with a natural type sugar (I like organic choices) rather than the super-refined variety which will make it a bit too sweet.
If you like or a softer texture, add an additional 1-2 Tablespoons liquid until it's to the desired result
Roll them by hand for a more-refined look
Roll them in cocoa to deepen the cocoa flavor and give them a look akin to forest truffles
Roll them in shaved chocolate -I like to cut up a chocolate bar with almonds to really up the elegance!
These truffles will keep nicely at a cool room temperature for 2-3 days in an air tight container for sure.
I like to put them in the fridge because I'm just one of those people that just puts everything in the fridge!
This recipe if very forgiving! I have put exact measurements above to give a good accurate recipe, but I rarely measure! If there's a little more nut butter hanging out, I throw it in! Feeling in the mood for less sweet, I back off on the sugar. You get the idea!
Just use your best judgement and personal taste to create your perfect no bake energy ball truffle bites! Maleficent would approve!
April & Cenzia
Looking for another great chocolate recipe? Try these scrumptious double chocolate Squirrel Scones!