Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls are a delicious larabar chocolate chip cherry torte copycat! Roll them into balls, bites or shape them into energy bars for a healthy no-bake snack with a kiss of chocolate!
TIP: I typically buy bags of chopped baking walnuts since they're almost always cheaper than whole walnuts. I'm just going to pulverize them anyways!
Feel free to grab a fresh cherry or two and squeeze to get your cherry juice - no need to buy any juice for these energy balls.
I add 1/8 tsp of salt because not only does it bring out the flavor of the ingredients but I adore the combination of salty and sweet -- feel free to add more or less depending on your tastebuds! When it comes to the dates, I fully intended on buying whole, unsweetened dates. The bag I purchased originally was less than stellar quality so I ran out to the nearest grocery store for new ones.
They only had sweetened, so that's what I wound up making this recipe with. To my surprise, the sweetness of the laraballs was a spot-on copycat to the original bar! Happy accident?
Feel free to use unsweetened and then add a little honey if additional sweetness is desired. Dried fruit and nuts are super flexible! You can also sub cashews for the walnuts [that's what larabar uses] but I have a fierce devotion to walnuts and the buttery texture they lend to practically everything!
Nutrition Facts below are estimated using an online recipe nutrition calculator. Adjust as needed and enjoy!
Recipe by Peas and Crayons - Chocolate Cherry Energy Balls https://peasandcrayons.com/2013/06/chocolate-cherry-energy-bites.html