Why is it so hard to resist that Snickers bar when the 3pm hunger craving strikes? Lunch was a happy memory, dinner is another four hours away, plus we鈥檝e still got to fit in a workout and two more hours of work. Every brain cell is telling us we deserve a treat (oooh maybe one of these white chocolate treats), meaning that the sole purpose of those gym visits is to work off the afternoon snacks! Well today, we鈥檙e sharing our favorite healthy-ish chocolatey afternoon snack. It鈥檚 chewy and sweet with a hint of mint chocolate chip that satisfies those sugar cravings. It鈥檚 also full of goodies like dates, oats and chia seeds, all nicely balanced with chocolate chips and cocoa powder. Wrap 鈥檈m up, stick them in your handbag (we like these crossbody bags) and you鈥檙e good to go.

Raw Mint Choc Chip Energy Balls - A great pre-workout snack!

Ingredients:

Makes 30 balls

鈥 戮 cup cashew nuts

鈥 陆 cup rolled oats

鈥 陆 cup chocolate chips

鈥 2 Tablespoons honey

鈥 陆 teaspoon American peppermint extract

鈥 录 teaspoon vanilla extract

鈥 10 Medjool dates or 25 sayer dates that have been soaked in warm water for 10 minutes (save 1 Tablespoon of the soaking water)

鈥 1/3 cup cocoa powder

鈥 录 teaspoon salt

鈥 1 Tablespoon chia seeds

Mint Choc Chip Energy Balls Ingredients

Instructions:

1. Place the cashew nuts into a food processor and pulse until they turn to crumbs (don鈥檛 over-process or they鈥檒l clump and go greasy). Add in the oats, half the chocolate chips, honey, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, dates, cocoa powder and salt. Pulse again until the mixture clumps together. The mixture needs to be sticky enough to roll into balls. If it鈥檚 not, add the reserved tablespoon of water from soaking the dates and pulse again. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips and the chia seeds.

2. Place a heaped teaspoon of the mixture in your hand and roll into a ball. Place on a plate or tray and repeat until all of the mixture is used up. You should get around 30 balls.

3. Eat straight away or store in an air-tight container at room temperature. The balls should keep for at least five days.

Mint Choc Chip Energy Balls step 1 collage

Place the cashew nuts into a food processor and pulse until they turn to crumbs (don鈥檛 over-process or they鈥檒l clump and go greasy). Add in the oats, half the chocolate chips, honey, peppermint extract, vanilla extract, dates, cocoa powder and salt. Pulse again until the mixture clumps together. The mixture needs to be sticky enough to roll into balls. If it鈥檚 not, add the reserved tablespoon of water from soaking the dates and pulse again. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips and the chia seeds.

Mint Choc Chip Energy Balls step 2

Place a heaped teaspoon of the mixture in your hand and roll into a ball. Place on a plate or tray and repeat until all of the mixture is used up. You should get around 30 balls.

Raw Mint Choc Chip Energy Balls - A great pre-workout snack!

Eat straight away or store in an air-tight container at room temperature. The balls should keep for at least five days.

Raw Mint Choc Chip Energy Balls - A great pre-workout snack!

What naughty snack would you replace with these energy balls? We鈥檇 love to hear. Tweet us @BritandCo!