Peppermint Cocoa Bites

Peppermint and chocolate are meant to be together.

Like Batman and Robin.

Bert and Ernie.

Coffee and mornings.

These - healthy - no bake - raw - 5 Ingredient Peppermint Cocoa Energy Bites are the BEST and every bit as delicious as they sound. Chocolate + Peppermint = BLISS! Gluten free and sugar free, these little holiday protein treats use the most simple of ingredients: nuts, dates, cocoa powder, & peppermint extract. Roll in crushed candy canes or shredded coconut for an added dose of yumminess!

By: Sammi Ricke

I may or may not be slightly obsessed with making energy bites. I mean, who can honestly gauge that sort of thing?  But is a Peppermint Cocoa Energy Bite obsession really that big of a problem in light of what’s going on in the world today? 😉 

 

I have made it my mission to create a perfect energy bite recipe for every season.

 

This past summer there was this amazing lime coconut version we packed for our  hiking  trips and, as soon as the leaves started to turn, we pulled out the  Thank”slimming” Pumpkin Bites recipe.

 

These - healthy - no bake - raw - 5 Ingredient Peppermint Cocoa Energy Bites are the BEST and every bit as delicious as they sound. Chocolate + Peppermint = BLISS! Gluten free and sugar free, these little holiday protein treats use the most simple of ingredients: nuts, dates, cocoa powder, & peppermint extract. Roll in crushed candy canes or shredded coconut for an added dose of yumminess!

 

Energy bites are one way I can sneak healthy nuts and dates into my kids diets, and they don’t even know….Muhaha!!!! [That was my futile attempt at an evil laugh, by the way.]

 

These sweet little treats are the perfect midday snack, lunch box item, or late night bite. Click To Tweet

 

I usually freeze them and pull them out a few at a time to stick in my kids school snack pouches.

 

These - healthy - no bake - raw - 5 Ingredient Peppermint Cocoa Energy Bites are the BEST and every bit as delicious as they sound. Chocolate + Peppermint = BLISS! Gluten free and sugar free, these little holiday protein treats use the most simple of ingredients: nuts, dates, cocoa powder, & peppermint extract. Roll in crushed candy canes or shredded coconut for an added dose of yumminess!

 

Okay, you got me. I put them in the freezer because “out of sight out of mind”.  I can’t eat the whole batch if they are not taunting me every time I open the fridge.

 

Oh, and I always make a double batch of this recipe!

 

That way you will not have to make them again so soon because we all know we hate washing out our food processors. Such a pain.

So these are SUPER healthy, right? Downright slimming you might say. Just perfect for everyday enjoyment.

But this time of year, we encourage our readers to Splurge in Style!

So, in honor of the holiday season, we have also created a  4-Ingredient Peppermint Fudge, and it’s epic!

 

Peppermint Fudge

 

I mean what are the holidays if we don’t splurge a little. So there you have it. A slim and a splurge recipe to take you through this beautiful holiday season.

For more holiday recipes and ideas be sure to check out our G&S Holidays Page and Christmas – Tis the Season Pinterest Board!

This recipe has been shared at many of our favorite linkups.

Peppermint Cocoa Bites

These - healthy - no-bake - raw - 5 Ingredient Peppermint Cocoa Energy Bites are every bit as delicious as they sound. Chocolate + peppermint = BLISS! Gluten free and sugar free, these little holiday treats use the most simple of ingredients: nuts, dates, cocoa powder, & peppermint extract. Roll in crushed candy canes or shredded coconut for an added dose of yumminess! Find more healthy recipes at groundedandsurrounded.com
Course: Dessert, Snack
Servings: 15 bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup sliced almonds, pecans, or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1-2 tsp cold water if needed
  • 1 candy cane or peppermints, crushed optional
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut optional

Instructions

  • Place your dates, nuts, cocoa powder, and peppermint extract in a food processor. Process on low until course crumbs form.
  • If your mixture is not holding together due to the lack of moisture in the dates, add a few teaspoons of water a little at a time while your processor is running until the crumbs stick together and form into a ball. Be careful to not add too much water as the mixture should not be sticky, just "wet" enough to hold together.
  • Remove mixture from food processor and form into Tbsp size bites by rolling between your palms.
  • If desired, roll the bites into the crushed candy cane or coconut. Enjoy!
  • Store in an air tight container in your refrigerator or freezer.

Notes

 
Our bites have been adapted from this recipe at The Lemon Bowl.
These - healthy - no bake - raw - 5 Ingredient Peppermint Cocoa Energy Bites are the BEST and every bit as delicious as they sound. Chocolate + Peppermint = BLISS! Gluten free and sugar free, these little holiday protein treats use the most simple of ingredients: nuts, dates, cocoa powder, & peppermint extract. Roll in crushed candy canes or shredded coconut for an added dose of yumminess!
 

41 Comments

  1. These look delicious! I am featuring them tonight on Allergy-Free Thursdays. Can’t wait to see what you share this week!

  2. Your peppermint cocoa bites look very tempting! Thanks for sharing your recipe at the #HomeMattersParty

  3. These look delicious! Of course I’m a fan of anything peppermint and cocoa. 😉 Thank you so much for sharing them with us at AFT! I’m going to feature them at this week’s party. Hope you have a wonderful holiday! 🙂

  4. Yum! I bet these would be great to curb my late night sweet tooth. Plus I love peppermint! Pinned and sharing! Thank you for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party.

  5. Bailey Dexter

    Just printed this one off! Thanks!

  6. I love the addition of the peppermint to your awesome cocoa bites! Hope you have a fantastic weekend and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  7. I love it when delicious is healthy too – and these definitely are both delicious and healthy!! They look really cute too. Thank you for sharing with us at Hearth and Soul, Sammi.

  8. I actually found candy canes that are just: Sugar & Peppermint oil. Everything else had HFCS and other toxic ingredients. Sure, they aren’t ORGANIC, but close enough!
    King Leo Pure peppermint sticks.

  9. Another fabulous snack idea of your Sammi! Love clean eating snacks like this! It really makes snacking more fun! Pinning and stumbling!

  10. Love energy balls and these would be so easy to make. Thanks for sharing the recipe. #SundayFitness&Food

    • Yes, they are SO simple to make. I just a batch a few days ago and it took my daughter and I less than 20 minutes to make 20 bites to take to school the next few weeks 😉

  11. I better go buy candy canes! Everything else I have on hand already. These sound delicious; I’ll be trying them soon. Visiting from Savoring Saturday.

  12. I’m pretty sure I need these in my life. Thanks so much for sharing them at Savoring Saturdays, I’m going to be featuring them at this weekend’s party. 🙂 Hope to see you gals there!

  13. I think these sound yummy. I would roll in crushed coconut flakes instead of peppermint candy for me, but love the festive Christmas spirit of the candy candy on it.
    Thanks for sharing on Let’s Get Real Link Party. I will be featuring this post on next week’s link up on my blog, InnerSavvy.com

  14. YES! Chocolate + Peppermint = my idea of heaven!! Definitely bookmarking this recipe. 🙂

  15. I can see why you love energy bites so much – they sound delicious, and are healthy! I’m definitely trying this recipe – Pinning it to my favorite foods board, too!

  16. Stopping by again to thank you for sharing these with us at Savoring Saturdays linky party! Hope you come back and join us this week.

  17. Hi Sarah and Sammi! It’s a pleasure to meet you. Thanks for linking up at Let’s Get Real so I could find you. I love energy bites and was thinking about working on a peppermint recipe. You’ve done the work for me. Thanks so much. I can’t wait to try these. I’m heading over to check out the fudge recipe too.

  18. These are so festive and fun!
    I am hosting a gluten free Christmas Treat link up. If you want to add this recipe, I would love that. 🙂

  19. Such a fun recipe! Love the flavor combo.

  20. I agree. Peppermint and chocolate are absolutely meant to be together. Love these energy bites – what a great way to get this wonderful flavour combo in a healthy treat. Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  21. This is one of those…”why didn’t I think of that?” moments. Brilliant my friend! We love energy bites at our house. Same as you… out of sight out of mind. Of course they don’t last long with 4 growing kids in the house either. Love that they are healthy! Pinning these and making them soon!!

    • The only problem with energy bites is they just don’t last long enough…if only they weren’t soooo delicious 😉 Merry Christmas to you and your family, Chellie!

  22. These look so good. Sharing on my fb page.

  23. I love healthy treats and the shredded coconut will make these a hit with my husband. Thanks.

  24. Love this recipe. I can not wait to try it out.

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