1 cup packed (200 g) pitted dates (medjool is best)
2 cups (240 g) raw walnuts
1/3 cup + 1 Tbsp (38 g) cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for rolling
3 Tbsp (28 g) hemp seeds, plus more for rolling
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 Tbsp (48 g) creamy almond butter (or other nut or seed butter)
1 Tbsp (15 ml) melted coconut oil (optional: for extra fudgy texture)
Add dates to a food processor and pulse/mix until small bites remain or a ball forms. Scoop out and set aside.
Add walnuts to the food processor and pulse into a fine meal. Then add cacao powder, hemp seeds and sea salt. Pulse a few more times to combine. (Don't overmix or the walnuts will turn into butter.)
Add the dates back in along with the almond butter and melted coconut oil (optional). Mix/pulse to combine. The result should be a moist dough-like mixture. If too wet, add a bit more cacao powder or hemp seeds.
Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Then scoop out rounded Tablespoon amounts (I like this scoop) and carefully form into balls. The dough will be somewhat fragile, so use the warmth of your hands to gently form/roll them into balls. There should be about 20 energy bites total.
Roll in extra hemp seeds or cacao powder (optional). Note: The bites get a fudgy, sticky outer texture when rolled in cacao powder - which I liked. But for less sticky energy bites, stick with hemp seeds!
Store leftovers in a well-sealed container in the refrigerator up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 1 month.