Gluten Free German Chocolate Energy Bites (Dairy Free)

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Our German Chocolate Energy Bites make a super quick snack that’s perfect for packing for lunches or travel. These energy bites combine the best parts of a German chocolate cake into a quick snack, and they’re top 8 free!

Disclosure: this post and recipe is sponsored by Earth Echo LLC. All opinions are my own.
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It’s been a little while since we created a snack bite recipe, they used to be a favorite of mine to make! With school in full swing, I decided it was a great time to create another allergy friendly and school safe energy bite recipe.

Introducing our gluten free and dairy free German Chocolate Energy Bites made with Cacao Bliss powder!

These snack bites are made with natural ingredients and combine chocolate, coconut, SunButter, and honey for a chocolate caramel-y tasting treat that’s peanut free, dairy free, and safe for school.

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Our German chocolate energy bites are:

  • Dairy free
  • Gluten free
  • Peanut free
  • Tree nut free (except for coconut)
  • Soy free (depending on the chocolate chips you choose, Enjoy Life are soy free)
  • Vegetarian (can be made vegan by swapping honey for maple syrup or allulose syrup)

How to make allergy friendly energy bites

Our peanut free energy bites are super easy to make (just mix everything together), but we have a few tips to make these even easier to make. The full recipe card is at the end of the post!

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, coconut, Cacao Bliss, and mini chocolate chips.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the honey, SunButter, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Add the honey mixture to the oat mixture and stir to combine. This will get hard to stir, so it helps to use your hands to mix this together.
  4. Once everything is mixed well, take some of the mixture and roll into 1-inch balls. Repeat until all the mix is used (makes about 10 balls).
  5. You can eat these right away, or chill them in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up. Store these in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
close up photo of chocolate energy ball with a bite taken

These are super easy to make, and there is no wrong way to make these, but I find it’s easier to get everything mixed better when I mix the dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately, then add them together.

I find that these energy bites are easiest to mix by hand, but I don’t like getting the sticky stuff under my fingernail. So I use disposable gloves for these types of treats (as well as when I’m mixing up meatballs or hamburgers, too). Easier cleanup and you don’t have to scrub under your nails!

If you’re taking these energy bites to school for a classroom snack to share, make sure to double check the labels for allergens on the ingredients you choose!

We recommend using the Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips since they are top 8 free (and more) and are made in a dedicated allergy friendly facility.

small white bowl filled with chocolate coconut energy bites

What can I sub for honey in these snack bites?

If you need to make these lower FODMAP or you can’t have honey for various reasons, you can potentially replace the honey in this recipe with natural maple syrup, cane sugar syrup, or allulose syrup instead.

However honey is thicker than either of these syrups, so if you use one of these options, you’d need to either 1) use less a bit less syrup, or 2) use the same amount of syrup but add a little more quick oats or Cacao Bliss to firm these up if they seem too soft.

If you decide to swap out the honey, start with a little less syrup than the amount of honey that is called for, adjust ingredients as needed until these will hold together into balls.

close up photo of a gluten free german chocolate energy bite

Cacao Bliss from Earth Echo Foods

The great chocolate flavor in these energy bites comes from the Cacao Bliss powder from Earth Echo Foods. Cacao Bliss is like cocoa powder (combining cacao and cocoa powders), but it’s made with additional superfood ingredients like turmeric, black pepper fruit, lucuma, and mesquite powder.

bag of cacao bliss powder on a black cooling rack

Cacao Bliss powder isn’t just great for drinks, it’s also great for baking (like our chocolate zucchini bars and chocolate mug cake), smoothies, and snack bites like our German Chocolate Energy Bites.

The lucuma and mesquite powder in the Cacao Bliss help to add a creamy taste to recipes!

Cacao Bliss is a great option for food allergies since it’s allergy friendly. The Cacao Bliss powder is:

  • USDA organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Soy free
  • Vegan
  • Keto friendly
  • Paleo

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Check out our other allergy friendly bite recipes:

Gluten Free German Chocolate Energy Bites (Dairy Free)

Our German Chocolate Energy Bites make a super quick snack that's perfect for packing for lunches or travel. These snack bites combine the best parts of a German chocolate cake into a quick snack, and they're top 8 free!
Gluten free, dairy free; Free of: eggs, dairy, soy, peanuts, tree nuts (except coconut, which is not considered a true tree nut)
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate energy bites, dairy free energy bites
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10 bites
Calories: 131kcal

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, stir together the oats, coconut, Cacao Bliss, and mini chocolate chips.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the honey, SunButter, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add the honey mixture to the oat mixture and stir to combine. This gets tough to stir, so it helps to use your hands to mix this together.
  • Once everything is mixed well, take some of the mixture and roll into 1-inch balls. Repeat until all the mix is used (makes about 10 balls).
  • Chill in the fridge for about 30 minutes to firm up, or eat right away. Store these in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bite | Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 thoughts on “Gluten Free German Chocolate Energy Bites (Dairy Free)”

    • I think you could do that, or use regular cocoa powder. The protein powder might absorb more moisture than the Cacao Bliss, so you may have to add a tiny bit more SunButter or honey if you use protein powder (like 1-2 teaspoons). But see how it goes first as written and only add additional honey or Sunbutter if it seems dry with the protein powder.

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