These almond butter energy bites taste more like a dessert than a healthy protein bite. They are sweet, chewy, tender, and take minutes to throw together. They are also vegan (dairy-free, egg-free), grain-free (gluten-free), soy-free, and refined sugar-free.
Process the almonds. Add the almonds into a food processor fitted with an S blade and pulse until the almonds are coarsely ground. Be careful not to over-process the almonds.
Process the rest of the ingredients. Add the dates, almond butter, cocoa powder, and protein powder (if you using) into the food processor with the almonds, and pulse until all the ingredients are well combined. The mixture should be tender and slightly crumbly at first, but it should be sticky enough to hold together when you press it between your fingers. If the mixture is too dry, pulse it a little bit more or add a tablespoon or so of coconut oil to help bind everything together.
Roll the mixture into balls. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, scoop out about a tablespoon of the mixture and roll it into a 1-inch/2.5-cm ball. Place on a serving platter. Repeat until all the mixture is used up.
Chill. To set, chill the almond butter energy bites in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes.
Store. Leftover energy bites keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. For longer term storage, freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 month.
*If you use protein powder, decrease the amount of almonds to 3/4 cups. **Nutrition information is approximate and may contain errors. Please, feel free to make your own calculations. **Nutrition information is calculated without optional ingredients.