refill recipe: how to make CACAO NIBS into cacao energy balls

refill recipe: how to make CACAO NIBS into cacao energy balls

Tracey Banks
These kids may be small in size, but they are PACKED with an impressive amount of nutrients!


Cacao Nibs are small pieces of crushed cacao beans - or cocoa beans - that have a bitter, chocolatey flavour. They are produced from beans derived from the Theobroma cacao tree, also known as the cocoa tree.

Pure cacao nibs are naturally high in fibre, protein and healthy fats, yet low in sugar. They are also a brilliant plant-based source of iron; making it a great addition to the vegan diet.

Health benefits of the humble nibs: 

  • Anti-inflammatory properties
  • Boosts cognitive functions
  • Lowers high blood pressure
  • Improves blood sugar sensitivity
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Rich source of magnesium, copper, iron manganese and zinc
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • High in antioxidant
Incorporating cacao nibs into a balanced diet is sure to boost health while satisfying your chocolate cravings.
  • Toss them into your favourite smoothie
  • Use them in cookies and muffins
  • Stir them into your morning porridge
  • Mix them with nuts and dried fruit for an energy filled snack
  • Add them to coffees and hot chocolate 
  • Add them to energy balls
  • Sprinkle on top of your yoghurt
Give them a try!


cacao energy balls with 5 refills and water

We've used cacao nibs to make these delicious cacao energy balls - no cooking needed, just add water!

cacao energy balls with 5 refills and water


to make ~15 balls

  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup porridge oats
  • 2 Tbsp. cacao nibs
  • ¼ to ½ tsp. salt
  • ¾ cup chopped dates
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. water


  1.  Put the chopped nuts, oats, cacao, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until all break down and combine. The mixture should be fine, but still have some texture (i.e. stop before you get to nut butter!)
  2. Add the dates and a tablespoon of water and run the food processor until the mixture becomes thick and sticky. You should be able to squeeze a bit of the mixture between your fingers. If it's too loose and crumbly, add another tablespoon of water and process until everything comes together.
  3. Line a baking sheet with a reusable silicone baking sheet. Scoop pieces of the mixture and roll it into balls between your palms, slightly smaller than the size of a golf ball. Line them up on the baking sheet and place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour, overnight if possible. Store the cacao energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
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