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Chocolate Power Bar Balls

chocolate power bar balls gluten-free vegan recipe

This scrumptious, dairy free, gluten free, vegan, super transportable snack is a power bar in the form of balls.  What I love most about it though is the flavor –they taste like raw cookie dough!

This recipe came from a comment on my Cuisinart Giveaway post, left by Karen; it is also similar to another recipe that many people mentioned on that post as their fave recipe, called Fudge Babies. Since these have just a tad sweeter than Fudge Babies, we were joking around, calling them Fudge Children, and Fudge Adolescents.

Chocolate Power Bar Ballsprint

  1. Place dates, walnuts and chocolate in food processor
  2. Pulse on high speed until the texture of coarse gravel
  3. Pulse in vanilla and salt (if necessary, add water so that dough forms a big ball)
  4. Form mixture into one inch balls
  5. Serve

I don’t often discuss nutrition, however, a bunch of readers have pointed out recently that just about all of the recipes on this site are not only gluten free, they are dairy free as well –like these yummy power bar balls.

If you are looking for more delicious gluten free, dairy free snacks and desserts that are quick and easy to make, check out my new book Gluten-Free Cupcakes.  I am obsessed with the ease of the dairy free recipe for Flourless Chocolate Coconut Cupcakes as it has only 5 ingredients; topped with my dairy free Vegan Chocolate Frosting and you’re off to the races! The book is coming out today, so those of you that pre-ordered will find it at your doorstep.  Happy baking!

Here are more yummy recipes for gluten free bites, bars and balls you might enjoy:
-Raw Chocolate Brownie Bites from Carrie at Ginger Lemon Girl
-Granola Oatmeal Cookie Bars from Kim at Cook It Allergy Free
-Power Balls by AndreAnna at Life as a Plate

posted on April 26, 2011, 60 comments

  1. Marianne UK

    I can only get ground almonds which I think is too coarse a texture for cakes and would love coconut flour but very expensive and not easy to source

  2. Dawn-Marie Valdron

    I am confused about chocolate/chips listed at a high percentage of cacao.Are they gluten/casein free as my son’s diet requires? So far I will only chance Enjoy Life chocolate chips but they are expensive and not easy to find.

    • Nicole Smith @ thefaithfuloven.com

      I use Gevalia chocolate chips and they are really comparable priced to regualar chips such as Nestles and they are vegan so no casein in them, they do use soy though. Hope that helps!

    • mindee

      Have the same issues with Dagoba chocolate chips- they are NOT dairy or caesin free. I use only Enjoy Life as well. was really disappointed that Elana and other amazing gluten free chefs haven’t picked up on this when claiming dairy free but using Dagoba chocolate chips (yes, even the 73% ones have dairy). Unless there is some special type of Dagoba 73% that whole foods doesn’t carry- but even the ones linked on amazon have dairy. Sigh.

  3. Do you have any suggestions for substutions if someone is allergic to nuts of any form?

  4. Tracy

    Looks fantastic!!! I am pulling out th food processor now!

  5. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday @ gamereviewwiki.com/bikinibirthday

    Using dates as a base, you can really make an endless combination of ingredients for all different flavoured energy bars.
    My favourite is dates, rosemary, sea salt, and dried cranberries.

  6. debi riley

    these look so yummy, thank you!! cant wait to make these

  7. How could I not want to make these? Easy and sounds yummy! I think I will have to make a batch tonight. :)

  8. Thanks, Elana!
    I’m going to try this recipe with raw cacao powder.

  9. AndreAnna from Life as a Plate @ lifeasaplate.com

    Thank you for linking my balls, my love.

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

    These look awesome. I love walnuts and chocolate together.

  10. This looks wonderful Elana. My family does a lot of hiking and backpacking so we are always looking for allergy friendly recipes to snack on when out on the trail. I will definitely be giving these a try!

  11. Yvonne

    I would think that the chocolate chips have casein?

  12. Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc @ fitterthanchoc.blogspot.com

    Lately, I have been crazy over snack balls like these – yes, they are so convenient and easy. I’ve made some using dried mango, sunflower seeds, cashew nuts, and dates and they are wonderful. I would imagine these to be awesome too! There’s no way anything with chocolate, walnuts and dates can go wrong:) I’d certainly love to try these!

    I believe these snack balls would be really heavenly when rolled in shredder coconut too:)

  13. Kari

    These look fabulous. Mark Sisson has a “ball” recipe in his new cookbook as well that is to die for! For this I would recommend a touch of coconut oil instead of water to help hold it all together. Especially since you can then refrigerate them and they will firm up for better transport. I look forward to trying these. For those wanting other nuts options, macadamia nuts are a good choice too, at least for part of the recipe.

    And to answer others questions, You will notice Elana said these are vegan, so no, there is no casein in the specific brand of chocolate she uses, Dagoba.

  14. carrie @ gingerlemongirl.com @ gingerlemongirl.com

    Thank you so much for the link love Elana!! :-) I love little raw brownies/ power balls like this! They are so easy too!

  15. I have been looking for a recipe for snack balls like this…my friend used to make something very similar but was always perfecting the recipe and wouldn’t share it till she was done.lol These have fewer ingredients..maybe I’ll share this one with her!

  16. Tina

    Could you tell me if these need to be refrigerated?


  17. Jen @ keepitsimplefoods @ keepitsimplefoods.com

    Love these! I actually make something very similar, but I like to coat them in white chocolate! ;)

  18. AmyGrace

    Got my cupcake book in today. I am so stoked and ready to do cook!

  19. Dayle

    I was so excited to get your book in the mail today! My nine year old daughter whisked it away before I could open the cover! We are going to have so much fun baking! Thank you for all your work in creating beautiful, healthy food for us!

  20. I am so excited to try these!!!!! But I am even more excited that your new cupcake cookbook just shipped out to me yesterday, cannot wait!!!!!

  21. Kim (Cook It Allergy Free) @ cookitallergyfree.com/blog

    These look amazing, Elana! So simple, but totally healthy! I am going to make these in the morning and maybe bring some on the plane for this weekend! Thanks for linking to my granola bars, by the way! ;)

  22. Catherine S.

    Hey Elana! I just wanted to give you a heads-up that your link to “fudge babies” doesn’t actually go to the recipe. Here’s the correct link for ya:


    Fudge Babies are INCREDIBLE! They taste like candy and have saved my sanity while I’ve been on a diet… I can still have chocolate! :)

  23. Kelly- 18 Hour Kitchen @ 18hourkitchen.blogspot.com

    I just made these; you’re right, they do taste like raw cookie dough! I subbed half dried cherries for half the chocolate, so I get cherry and chocolate in every bite. So good! Thanks for sharing!

  24. I love this idea- they look delicious! And who can resist chocolate- I mean really.

    Nice job. :)

  25. Charlotte Moore

    Yeah!!! I just got my new Cupcake Cookbook and the Almond Flour Cookbook. What I have read sounds sooooo good!!!

  26. Paula

    I made these today. YUMMY! My mother used to have a similar recipe she called “date balls” which I loved growing up. The only changes I made were 1. I couldn’t find dark chocolate chips so I used a candy bar and broke it up and 2. I rolled them in unsweetened organic coconut at the end. Amazing! Thanks again for all you do!

  27. Eri

    These were really good, I made them yesterday as soon as I saw it. My boys loved them, too. Thanks!
    P.S. I am still waiting for your cupcake cookbook to arrive here… I pre-ordered last year but Amazon didn’t ship it out till yesterday…

  28. I made these for dessert this evening. Seven out of eight of us loved them! My meat-and-potatoes, junk-food-junkie fifteen-year-old son was the one that said they’re so-so. The rest of us were thrilled with them!

  29. Lisa Bowden

    I LOVE these! My whole family says they are delicious! I made them with almonds and semi-sweet chips. Definitely a go to when I have a chocolate craving. Thanks so much!

  30. hello Elana,

    these power balls look gorgeous, I must try them soon.
    I want to thank you for your amazing recipes, you’re a big inspiration for me. I made sesame-oregano crackers this weekend, thanks to your great recipes: http://boeddhamumglutenfree.blogspot.com/2011/04/sesame-crackers-sesamcrackers-gf-df-sf.html

    greetings from Rotterdam, Linda

  31. Kelli

    These are insanely good! I wouldn’t mind if you did a week of power ball recipes!

  32. Nicole Smith @ thefaithfuloven.com

    I made these tonight but I used raisins and a combo of peanuts and cashews since that was all I had and it turned out great! Just a bit too raisin-y! Thanks for the recipe…oh and I added some flax seeds!

  33. kathy

    I think I just found my new go to sweet snack!

  34. Yum! I love making various date -sweetened “balls”. These sound great.

  35. The Newlywed Chefs @ thenewlywedchefs.com

    A perfect treat before (and after) a workout!

  36. Wendy Bussell

    This was truly an inspirational recipe!

    I had no chocolate on hand or dates so I used dried cranberries and dried apricots. then my youngest proceded to roll them in coconut. Absolutely amazing! Thanks for the links and the inital ideas and for encourging us to try it our own way and share it here. You are a blessing!

  37. Brenna Kater, the Oceanskater @ oceanskater.blogspot.com

    I made these with unsweetened baking cocoa discs from Trader Joe’s, and 1 cup pumpkin seeds instead of 2 cups walnuts. No added sugar of any sort, and very good!

  38. These sound delicious! Looking forward to making these :)

  39. Joan Viers

    I love the fudge balls – thanks

  40. RolyPoly

    This recipe is perfect! I saw it this morning and I had to get the ingredients and make them tonight. My husband said I should put an alarm around them; we couldn’t stop eating them ;-)

  41. Rebeca @ The Average Parent @ averageparent.com

    I planned to make these with pumpkin seeds (we are nut free) and dates, but when I went to grab the dates I realized someone had eaten them all. So, I ended up using dried cranberries instead. I had to increase the fruit and choco ratio because the seed flavor was rather intense…but over all, I used your concept and couldn’t be happier. I can only imagine the limitless possibilities with other dried fruits and seeds (or nuts if you’re not allergic). I think I’ll try cherries and hemp seed next.

    Thanks for the great idea!

  42. Enid Barnes

    I made the chocolate power bar balls for my 2-year-old grandson’s Hallowe’en party. They were a huge hit with the kids and adults! I decorated them with little orange skulls on top. I also replaced an equal amount of raw almonds for the walnuts. Next time I will also try adding coconut and coconut extract. These are definitely a keeper!!

  43. oja

    Hi Elana,
    Love your recipe.My husband n I are just starting on a grain-free diet and he is miserable at the moment from all the breads and rice that he misses. Love that i could now cook something that is still so delicious and healthy and fits our diet.

    Quick question, how do you store these power balls? will they last a trip hiking outdoor?

    many thnks..

  44. narelle

    Is there a substitute for dates? As I am on a sugar free diet (candida) I can’t have dried fruit. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  45. christina

    These look wonderful. I was wondering, if you soak the nuts or seeds first to remove phytates and make digestion easier, will they still keep well? I’m concerned about spoilage.

  46. Sharron Arnold

    Agave syrup is extremely high in fructose. This syrup may be a good alternative sweetener, but the fructose negates its health benefits. Fructose is processed by the liver, and turned into FAT. Surely there is another alternative to this?

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