quick vegan cacao energy pops

Ever see those cake pops at Starbucks and think, what if it was vegan, packed with protein, and good for me? Probably not, but I made these anyway.

We recently made a significant shift in our diet to about 90% (so far) whole foods and plant-based. While the shift has been relatively easy for us, I’ve been trying to find a way to have great snack that doesn’t make you crash an hour later.

Many YouTube videos later, I decided to create my own version of these high-powered energy balls. Add a stick to them, and it’s just like the cake pops at Starbucks, minus the calories, fat, and animal protein.


  1. Add all ingredients except for the last bullet of this list to your food processor, Nutribullet, etc and mix/grind/blend until it forms a thick paste and most of the nuts are ground.
  2. Remove mixture from the mixer and place into a bowl or on a plate.
  3. In a shallow dish, pour some of the coating (see options above)
  4. We made our balls large enough that they would be about 2 bites each, this is about 1 tbsp/ball
  5. Scoop out 1 tbsp at a time and roll it into a ball between your palms (If you don’t want cacao/date hands wear gloves or rub some of the flax meal on your hands before rolling!
  6. After rolling into a ball, place into the shallow dish and coat with your topping.
  7. Store the tasty treats in an airtight container and you’re good to go!

Try them yourself, and let me know what you think. I made these in under 20 min the first time.

P.S. – I do not recommend these before bed, unless you want to be wired!


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