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Chocolate Quinoa Energy Bites

Chocolate Quinoa Energy Bites - almond butter, oats, quinoa, honey and protein powder packed into a healthy energy bite for a quick and easy snack!
I’m a big snacker. You know, one of those people on the 2-3 hour eating schedule…my body needs a constant supply of food and after about 3 hours with no snacks, I start to get hangry. I know, high maintenance. Or maybe just convenient, because then I have an excuse to make tasty treats like these Chocolate Quinoa Energy Bites!

Chocolate Quinoa Energy Bites - almond butter, oats, quinoa, honey and protein powder packed into a healthy energy bite for a quick and easy snack!
I can guarantee if you open my freezer on any given day, I’ll have some type of energy bite in there, waiting to be snacked on when the hanger’s about to hit. Two of my favorite ones are Almond Joy Energy Bites and Chocolate Fudge Power Bites. And now these Chocolate Quinoa Energy Bites are definitely included on my list of favs…

Chocolate Quinoa Energy Bites - almond butter, oats, quinoa, honey and protein powder packed into a healthy energy bite for a quick and easy snack!
These energy bites were inspired by a recipe from Brittany Motzkus. She’s a personal trainer who has a fabulous blog where she shares health and fitness tips, workouts and tasty recipes. She seriously inspires me and her workouts kick my butt! I made a few tweaks to her recipe according to what I had in my pantry at the moment, and was pleasantly surprised. I’d never used cooked quinoa in energy bites before and I absolutely fell in love with the idea. These little power houses are packed with protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep you full and energized until your next meal. They even satisfy my high-maintenance snacking needs. Now that’s a success story if I’ve ever heard one. 😉

Chocolate Quinoa Energy Bites

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: About 20 energy bites


  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ cup chocolate protein powder. We recommend this brand.
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • ½ cup creamy almond butter
  • ½ cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup chopped almonds


  1. Mix everything except the almonds in a mixer.
  2. Roughly chop the almonds and mix them into the "dough" with your hands.
  3. Roll into balls and freeze for at least three hours to harden. (*see notes)
  4. Store in the freezer in an air-tight container.


*The dough can seem very sticky. This is OK. If it's too sticky to roll into balls, place in the fridge for 30-60 minutes to harden before rolling into balls.

*Feel free to get creative! You can use peanut butter, cashew butter, any type of nuts or sweeteners of your choice!

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  • Reply Kari April 25, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Yum! These look perfect for right before hitting the gym!

    • Reply Sarah April 26, 2016 at 12:17 am

      Kari, they seriously are! I’ll eat them before or after my workouts and they give me a great energy boost!

  • Reply Christine - Jar Of Lemons April 26, 2016 at 8:28 am

    YUM! These look like a great, healthy, energizing snack. I’ll definitely have to try this recipe!

    • Reply Sarah April 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks Christine! They really are a healthy and yummy treat…give them a try and let us know what you think!

  • Reply candy April 26, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Energy bites are all the thing right now. My daughter makes them with her boys all the time.

    • Reply Sarah April 26, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Candy, they are really popular right now, but once you give them a try, you know why! 😉

  • Reply Tanya April 26, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Wow, a healthy recipe involving chocolate! Did I just arrive in heaven? 😀

    • Reply Sarah April 26, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Haha Tanya, we’re right there with ya 😉

  • Reply Michelle April 26, 2016 at 10:53 am

    These look absolutely delicious and super simple to make! Yum! Good thing I’m on my lunch break!!

    • Reply Sarah April 26, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Thanks Michelle! They really are simple to make. Only takes a few minutes and then you’re set for snacks for the next few weeks! (Or days if you eat them like I do…oops) 😉

  • Reply Angelle Marix April 26, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I totally have to try these!! They look yummy!!!


    • Reply Sarah April 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      If you try them, let us know what you think!

  • Reply Liz @ The Clean Eating Couple April 26, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Love making my own energy bites for healthy snacks! These look delicious 🙂

    • Reply Sarah April 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      Liz, I’m glad you agree with us. Energy bites are the!

  • Reply Dom April 26, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Looks seriously delicious!

    • Reply Sarah April 26, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Thanks Dom! Hope you like them as much as we do!!

  • Reply Marleen S April 26, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    These looks so yummy and healthy. I get the sweet tooth craving around 3pm everyday so this would be a great option (instead of chocolate).Thanks for sharing

    • Reply Sarah April 27, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Marleen, I’m so with ya on that. 3pm rolls around and I’m scavenging for something sweet! These energy bites have saved me ;)Hope you like them!

  • Reply Roxy April 27, 2016 at 9:36 am

    I’m a big snacker too and always am looking for more healthy snacks. This seem like they would totally git the bill of being healthy and they would satisfy my sweet tooth! Yum!

    • Reply Sarah April 29, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Roxy, They really are the perfect snack! Healthy, filling and yummy. Hope you enjoy them. Happy snacking 😉

  • Reply Aarika April 27, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    These are fabulous! I am always looking for protein-filled energy bites. This recipe is now favorited. Yum!

    • Reply Sarah April 29, 2016 at 3:35 pm

      Thanks Aarika! Hope you love them 🙂

  • Reply Classy On The Run April 28, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    These look super yummy!!

    • Reply Sarah April 29, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks! Hope you like them 🙂

  • Reply Leslie Rossi | alifewellconsumed May 1, 2016 at 6:12 pm

    love energy balls! such a great traveling snack to stash in my purse

    • Reply Sarah May 1, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Leslie, We’re right there with ya! Energy balls are the best on-the-go snacks!

  • Reply Isabel May 5, 2016 at 9:26 am

    I love the idea of making these with quinoa! Never thought of that. I’ve made a few of these and this is a totally different take. Love it!

    • Reply Sarah May 6, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Isabel, it’s definitely a unique twist on the typical energy bite. Hope you like it as much as we do!

  • Reply chloe | boxwood avenue June 4, 2016 at 4:01 am

    oh yummy! A chocolate treat that I don’t have to feel bad about!

    • Reply Sarah June 4, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Right? Gotta love “healthy chocolate” recipes 😉

  • Reply Kelli March 21, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    For the quinoa – is it 1 cup of uncooked = 3 cups cooked for the recipe? Or is it cooked quinoa & use 1 cup?

    • Reply Elizabeth March 22, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Kelli, one cup cooked quinoa. Sorry for the confusion! We’ll try to make that more clear. Thanks and happy cooking:)

  • Reply Rachel July 9, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I don’t do protein powder – any substitutions? Maybe more nuts?

    • Reply Elizabeth July 11, 2017 at 5:55 pm

      Rachel, the great thing about energy bites is you can tailor-make them to your taste! You could add mini chocolate chips or some cocoa powder for the chocolate taste. And yes! You could add more nuts, dried fruit, dates, etc. Good luck!

  • Reply Kelli August 2, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    It was too sweet for me so I added another cup of cooked quinoa. Nice flavor & textures. Next time I’ll decrease the honey. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Reply Sarah August 2, 2017 at 3:44 pm

      Glad you tried them! And I love how you adapted them based on your preferences. 🙂 Cheers!

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