'I Love Chocolate' Energy Bites

By: Kim Ruzycki - Certified Integrative Health & Nutrition Coach Mar 07, 2018
Picky Diet, Hamilton, digestive health

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These chocolaty rich (but still very healthy) bites make for a perfect afternoon pick me up or a delicious dessert. The combination of healthy fats, protein, and fiber provide good, long-lasting energy and the antioxidants help prevent disease and inflammation. 

These energy bites are made with raw cacao powder which is full of antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, iron, and protein. Obviously much different than a conventional milk chocolate bar! Learn more about Cacao and its amazing health benefits: Healthy Chocolate: Cacao vs. Cocoa


  • 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 3 Tbsp cacao powder (can use unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • sprinkle with sea salt
  • 1/2 cup creamy almond butter (can sub seed butter to make it nut free)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Tips & Nutrition

These energy bites are full of antioxidant-rich cacao and get extra protein and fiber from the oats, almond butter, and chia seeds. 

Simply make this nut-free by using sunflower seed butter or pumpkin seed butter instead of almond butter. 


In a medium-size mixing bowl stir together the dry ingredients - oats, cacao powder, chia seeds, sea salt, and cinnamon. 

In a different medium size, mixing bowl stir together the almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract until well combined. 

Pour the wet mixture over the dry and stir well until a thick "dough" is formed. Use your hands to form the dough into bite-size balls. You may want to wet your hands with warm water to make this easier and less sticky. 

Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set. 

Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for a month. 

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Kim is passionate about teaching others how to eat mindfully and live vibrantly. A series of chronic health issues gave her the motivation to learn about the relationship between her health and her diet. After embracing a plant-based diet and figuring out how to maintain a social life, enjoy travelling and ensuring she was getting all the correct nutrients and minerals - Kim realized how great she felt and how happy she was in her lifestyle.

She founded Picky Diet to share this with the world so that they might realize that they too can live happy and healthy with only a few small changes. A graduate of the Health and Nutrition Coaching program from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she is a Board Certified Integrative Health & Nutrition Coach and works with both individuals and corporations on nutrition and whole-body wellness.