Low carb chocolate brownie energy bites that are easy to make and require no oven! These no bake, sugar-free and grain-free treats are full of healthy fats and protein. This post is sponsored by Safest Choice Eggs.
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. And that which we call an energy bite would taste just as delicious were it to be called an energy ball. Or a protein bite. Or a protein ball. Or perhaps a protein truffle. Does it matter what I call it if it’s easy to make, full of healthy fats and protein and tastes like a chocolate brownie? Well…maybe. Many such similar things are called protein balls or energy balls. But I just couldn’t. It sounded too…ballsy. And truffles sounded too dessert-y, too sweet and perhaps a little too sophisticated. So “bites” it was – conjuring up images of cute, bite-sized, fun to eat treats. But the reality is that it hardly matters what you call these. They would taste just as good by any other name.
For as long as I’ve been blogging about food, I’ve seen recipes for healthy energy balls/bites/truffles on the inter webs and been intrigued. It seemed almost too good to be true, a little bite-sized ball of deliciousness, promising to be healthy and offering a quick energy boost. And mostly they were too good to be true, because although they wouldn’t be full of refined sugar, they were typically made with dates or honey and packed full of oats or other grains. So the energy came mostly in the form of carbs. and that’s just not my kind of energy. And if you’re a regular follower of this blog, chances are that’s not your kind of energy either!
The problem with making these little energy bites without dates or honey or some other sticky, sugary ingredient is getting them to actually stick together. I knew adding an egg would help, but I didn’t want to have to bake them at all. It occurred to me that the crust from my low carb Nanaimo Bars would be a really great starting place for a chocolate energy ball. It does take an egg and as always when I am concerned about uncooked eggs in my food, I turned to Safest Choice pasteurized eggs. I also added some whey protein powder to up the protein content a little further, and used coconut oil in place of the butter. I found that the coconut oil made the mixture quite greasy when I was rolling out the balls, but it reabsorbed as they sat for a bit. I also dipped some of the balls in chocolate and left some as they were.
Oh my, these little bites/balls/truffles are delicious! They took all of about 20 minutes to come together and they really did taste like brownies. The chocolate dipped version were definitely a little more decadent and dessert-like, whereas the plain energy bites were like a quick little snack. My kids adored them and I will definitely be making them again.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Safest Choice Eggs. As always, all recipes, photography, opinions, thoughts, incoherent ramblings and random tangents are my own.
Chocolate Brownie Energy Bites
Low carb chocolate brownie energy bites that are easy to make and require no oven! These no bake, sugar-free and grain-free treats are full of healthy fats and protein.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil or butter (if using coconut oil, it will be quite greasy but will re-absorb after bites are formed)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup Swerve Sweetener
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 cup almond flour (Honeyville)
- 1 cup shredded coconut (Bob's Red Mill)
- 1/2 cup unflavored protein powder (whey, hemp or powdered egg white)
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- 2 tbsp coconut flour
Chocolate Coating (optional)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper.
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter or coconut oil. Stir in cocoa powder and sweetener, then whisk in egg and cook over low 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the almond flour, shredded coconut, protein powder, chopped nuts and coconut flour. Stir into saucepan until well combined.
- Using about a tablespoon at a time, roll mixture into balls with your hands and lay on prepared baking sheet. You should get about 24 balls. Set baking sheet in the freezer.
- Set a small metal or ceramic mixing bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water, making sure the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.
- Melt chocolate and butter or oil together until melted.
- One at a time, drop frozen energy bites into chocolate and coat well. Use a fork to lift out and gently tap the fork on the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Set back on waxed paper lined baking sheet. Let set.
Makes 24. For the un-dipped balls, each ball has 4.61 g of carbs and 2.81 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 1.8 g.
For the dipped balls, each ball has 6.56 g of carbs and 4.34 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 2.22 g.
Without Chocolate Coating: Food energy: 156kcal Saturated fatty acids: 10.31g Total fat: 14.25g Calories from fat: 128 Cholesterol: -- Carbohydrate: 4.67g Total dietary fiber: 2.81g Protein: 4.04g
With Chocolate Coating: Food energy: 179kcal Saturated fatty acids: 11.68g Total fat: 16.47g Calories from fat: 148 Cholesterol: 2mg Carbohydrate: 6.56g Total dietary fiber: 4.34g Protein: 4.29g