Healthy Chickpea Energy Balls

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These healthy vegan chickpea energy balls are so easy to make and so delectable. Just 4 simple ingredients, no baking but what a result! Enjoy them as a healthy protein-rich snack or dessert.

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Nutrient-packed no-bake chickpea energy balls that are easy to make in minutes for a healthy and delicious snack or dessert. They are oil-free, gluten-free, and contain no processed sugar.

These healthy little treats are so soft, delicious and you’d never guess they’re made with chickpeas! They deliver a powerful punch of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals while satisfying your sweet tooth.

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Recipe Highlights

  • Dietary – vegan, whole food, oil-free, gluten-free, grain-free, no refined sugar
  • Quick & easy to make
  • Only 4 ingredients
  • No baking required
  • Ready in 10 mins
  • Naturally sweetened
  • Protein-rich balls
  • A healthy snack on-the-go
  • Packed with nutrients
  • Budget-friendly
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Ingredients Notes

In this recipe cooked chickpeas, dates, cocoa powder, and peanut butter are blended together into a thick dough and rolled into balls for a healthy and nutritious snack or dessert.

Here are the simple ingredients you’ll need:

  • cooked chickpeas – you’ll need 1 cup cooked chickpeas, canned or cooked from scratch both work, just drain them well.
  • dates – I used regular pitted dates. They are a natural sweetener and bind everything together. Not to mention all the fiber and minerals, like iron, calcium, potassium they offer.
  • peanut butter – you’ll need natural peanut butter with no additives like salt or sugar. To make them without peanut butter, substitute with another nut butter, like almond, cashew or seed butter, like sunflower seed butter.
  • cacao powder – I used raw cacao powder for extra nutrition and rich chocolate flavor, you can also use cocoa powder
  • shredded coconut – needed for rolling the balls. You can also roll them in chopped nuts or seeds of choice.

For the full ingredients list, measurements, and instructions, please find the recipe card below.

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Healthy Energy Balls Recipe

These little powerhouses are not only vegan but also packed with wholesome ingredients that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized.

Let’s present the mighty chickpea. These legumes are loaded with plant-based protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. They provide a solid foundation for these energy balls, ensuring they keep you feeling full for longer while promoting a healthy digestive system.

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I sweeten my energy balls naturally with dates. They are also a fantastic source of dietary fiber, potassium, and antioxidants. Dates offer a slow release of energy, avoiding those dreaded sugar crashes and keeping your energy levels steady throughout the day.

To ensure a rich chocolate flavor, I add a touch of high-quality cocoa powder and creamy peanut butter. Not only does it add a heavenly taste to the energy balls, but it’s also an excellent source of healthy fats and plant-based protein.

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These Chickpea Energy Balls are

  • vegan (egg-free & dairy-free)
  • whole food
  • gluten-free
  • oil-free
  • no bake
  • naturally sweetened
  • high in protein
  • nutritious and satiating
  • quick and easy to make
  • healthy and delicious
  • a perfect snack or dessert
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How to Store

Room temperature: These chickpea energy balls will keep out of the fridge for a few hours or even a day if you plan to take them on-the-go.

Fridge: You can store them in a sealed container in the fridge for up to one week.

Freezer: Store in a sealed container or freezer bag for up to 3 months.

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If you try these Healthy Chickpea Energy Balls, please let me know! Leave a comment and ★★★★★ recipe rating below. I would love to see your remakes and hear what you think.

Healthy Chickpea Energy Balls

Venelina Dove M.D.
These healthy chickpea energy balls are easy to make. Just 4 simple ingredients and no baking is required. Enjoy them as a healthy protein-rich snack or dessert.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Snacks
Cuisine European
Servings 14
Calories 72 kcal


For rolling

  • 4 tbsp shredded coconut


  • Put all ingredients for the chickpea energy balls in a food processor. Blend for a minute until everything is well mixed.
  • Take about one full teaspoon of the mixture and roll it into a ball. Continue with the remaining mixture.
  • You can leave them plain or roll each ball in shredded coconut. Enjoy!

You can find detailed instructions with photos in the post above.


  • Nut-free: You can substitute the peanut butter with a seed butter such as sunflower seeds butter.
  • You can also use another nut butter, such as almond or cashew butter.


Serving: 1Energy BallCalories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 2gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 15mgPotassium: 123mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


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I’m Venny, I am a medical doctor and I believe great health stems from eating whole plant foods. Here you’ll find delicious (mostly) oil-free whole food, plant-based recipes and learn how food makes you healthy!

2 thoughts on “Healthy Chickpea Energy Balls”

  1. To be able to use these recipes I need to see Sodium, potassium, Protein, fat etc as I have CKD and need to know in each recipe
    Thank you very much

    • Hi Laurena,
      thank you for your feedback. I’ve revisited this recipe and have updated it to include detailed nutritional information, including sodium, potassium, protein, and fat content. I understand the importance of managing these nutrients for individuals with CKD.
      Please feel free to let me know if there are any other adjustments you’d like to see or if there’s anything else I can assist you with.

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