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Chilli Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Balls

Cookie Dough Energy Balls

Mostly raw, these delicious vegan chocolate chip cookie dough energy balls taste of caramel. They’re flavoured with punchy chilli chocolate and cinnamon for an extra kick. And not only that, they’re also egg and dairy free, made with healthy ingredients and above all else, delicious.

Now who doesn’t love nibbling on a bit of raw cookie dough? It’s an experience that evokes happy childhood memories. Well you’re in luck. The chilli chocolate chip cookie dough I’ve made here is not for baking, no, it’s for pure indulgent eating in its raw state.

Raw Cookie Dough Energy Balls

As I’ve probably stated numerous times before, despite my sweet tooth, I don’t like cakes, biscuits and confectionary to be overly sweet. I find it hard to buy anything commercial that favours flavour over sugar. So I mostly make my own sweet treats so I can get the balance right and eat something that is healthier than your average chocolate bar. These chilli chocolate chip cookie dough energy balls are plenty sweet enough and almost taste like caramel. Containing a little cinnamon and nuggets of dark chilli chocolate, they pack a bit of a punch but are even more delicious than I was hoping for.

Cookie Dough Energy Balls

I’ve made similar vegan energy balls a few times, but never added oats before. So I was somewhat intrigued when I took my first bite. They had a slightly chewy consistency which enhanced the taste sensation by making it last a bit longer. The oaty flavour, of which I’m so fond, was not lost and had a slightly mellowing effect on the rather fierce chilli chocolate I used from the South Devon Chilli Farm. This was just as well as oats are the ingredient for this month’s We Should Cocoa and I couldn’t really submit something that didn’t taste of oats.

I used my Optimum 9200A power blender, which blitzed the oats into a fine powder, ground the nuts and squidged everything together very nicely. It’s just perfect for this sort of job and works much better than my food processor, which produces a rougher textured version.

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Chilli Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Balls – The Recipe

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Chilli Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Mostly raw vegan chocolate chip cookie dough energy balls that taste of caramel. They are flavoured with punchy chilli chocolate and cinnamon for an extra kick.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: After Dinner, Snack
Cuisine: British
Keyword: cashews, chilli chocolate, dates, energy bites, no-bake, vegan
Servings: 18 balls
Calories: 80kcal
Author: Choclette


  • 40 g rolled oats
  • 100 g cashew nuts - toasted
  • 100 g pitted medjool dates
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch himalayan pink rock salt
  • 25 g cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 40 g dark chilli chocolate - chopped


  • Blitz everything except the chocolate in a power blender or food processor (I used my Optimum 9200A power blender) until you have a smoothish dough.
  • Tip the contents into a bowl and stir in the chocolate with a flat bladed knife.
  • Form into 18 small balls, rolling between your hands to ensure they are smooth and firm.
  • Leave to set in a cool place for an hour or so.


If you can make them last that long, they will keep in a cool place for a week or so.
Please note: calories and other nutritional information are per serving. They're approximate and will depend on exact ingredients used.


Calories: 80kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 99mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

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These chilli chocolate chip cookie dough energy balls are my entry to this month’s We Should Cocoa, which is all about oats.

I use the Optimum 9200A for smoothies, spreads, sauces and even chocolate making. The post contains affiliate links. Buying through a link will not cost you any more, but I will get a small commission. This helps keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging. Opinions are, as always, my own.


  1. Corina

    23rd May 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I would love to try these! I have made some nice energy balls in the past but never with chilli chocolate in so I’m feeling very tempted!

    • Choclette

      28th May 2016 at 5:21 pm

      The chilli chocolate just gives a bit of a kick and that extra bit of flavour to make these super special.

  2. Nadia

    23rd May 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Love the idea of using chilli dark chocolate in energy balls for an extra kick 😉 I’m like you in that I have a sweet tooth but I don’t like overly sweet things. That’s probably why my favourite desserts are chocolate or tahini based that are a little bitter to break the sweetness 🙂

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Yes, tart fruit is another good one to take the sweet edge off things. Love the combination of chilli and chocolate.

  3. Sophie

    23rd May 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Wow. What a great idea. Cookie dough is one of my weaknesses so I will have to give this healthier version a go! Pinning for later 🙂

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks Sophie. Cookie dough is delicious, but these are just as good and definitely less guilt inducing 😉

  4. Sus @ roughmeasures

    23rd May 2016 at 2:22 pm

    I do love a good energy ball (and chilli with chocolate is divine!) loving this recipe 🙂

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Thanks Sus. I can’t understand why I went so many years without discovering the wonders of energy balls.

  5. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    23rd May 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Just done with my workout, and I need a couple of them now :-)) Love these energy bites with chilli chocolate.

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 3:15 pm

      The chilli would no doubt have you up and keen to do another workout Angie 😉

  6. Henk Kooiman

    23rd May 2016 at 3:28 pm

    Wonderful idea ! Personally I’d leave the chilli out. I have tried the combination of chocolate and chilli before and I didn’t like it at all. It would be good to have something vegan on my repertoire so I’ll put them somewhere in the top 100 of my list of the 10.000 things I’d like to make :))

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Hahaha, well in your top 100 is pretty good going I’d say. The good thing with these is that you can have whatever chocolate suits you best.

  7. Lucy

    23rd May 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Yum these sound delicious and so easy to make! I would find myself making batch after batch just to nibble on I’m sure. I haven’t tried chilli chocolate but I bet it makes them very zingy!

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Yes, being so easy to make and so delicious, I’m trying to stop myself whipping up another batch too soon.

  8. Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    23rd May 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Yum! I’m liking the sound of what’s in these 😀

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks Sarah. My only consolation for wolfing them down rather too quickly is that they are a teeny bit healthier than your average chocolate bar 😉

  9. Gin

    23rd May 2016 at 9:07 pm

    That little spicy kick from the chili sounds perfect!

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Oh it really is, but then I’m a bit of a chilli head.

  10. Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe

    24th May 2016 at 12:14 pm

    I love this sort of energy balls – and agree a little sweetness goes a long way. I could imagine you could make these with lots of different flavoured chocolates so you could continually make them different.

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 3:04 pm

      Exactly Johanna, I’ve been planning my next several batches 😉 You could also use different nuts.

  11. Lubka Henry

    24th May 2016 at 4:57 pm

    This is such a great recipe. I’m loving how pretty these little balls look 🙂

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Thank you Lubka, it really is a most delicious recipe 🙂

  12. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    24th May 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Sounds like a good excuse to buy some Lindt Chilli Chocolate to me! (I’m not sure you can call these ‘raw’ though)

    • Choclette

      26th May 2016 at 8:58 pm

      True the chocolate isn’t raw, it’s more the idea of raw cookie dough I was getting at.

  13. Chris @thinlyspread

    25th May 2016 at 9:57 am

    Chilli and chocolate is going to grab me every time and it’s sure to go down well with the chilli lovers in my house (if not with the smallest who was put off when he bit into a whole chilli and got a bit of a surprise!)

    • Choclette

      26th May 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Oh no, what a shock. That’s enough to put anyone off. I’m a bit of a chilli head and combined with chocolate – well!

  14. Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

    25th May 2016 at 10:33 pm

    I seriously have to make these cookie dough balls. They look good Madam.

    • Choclette

      26th May 2016 at 8:54 pm

      These cookie dough balls are seriously good Bintu and so quick to make too.

  15. Stuart Vettese

    26th May 2016 at 9:08 pm

    I recently made some cookie dough fudge – but these are way more virtuous (and spicy!). Perfect for a real energy boost.

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 3:00 pm

      Ooh but cookie dough fudge sounds like something that has to be tried Stuart. Will be over to look later.

  16. Iss

    27th May 2016 at 1:00 pm

    That sounds just grate. Home made, healthy and so easy to prepare, and with dark chilli chocolate ! I will definitely give it a try.

    • Choclette

      27th May 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Thank you Iss. They should come with a warning though, they are very moreish 😉

  17. Dom

    1st June 2016 at 11:23 am

    I love these (but then you know I love my balls) and the idea that they’re slightly raw with that hit of chilli is fabulous!

    • Choclette

      1st June 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Strangely, I did think of you when I made these Dom 😉

  18. Kate - gluten free alchemist

    3rd June 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Wonderful bites Choclette. Loving the bit of a chilli kick and also the use of cashew nuts which I imagine add an extra healthy richness. Yum x

    • Choclette

      4th June 2016 at 11:13 am

      Cashews are really good for giving a creamy level to vegan treats too, although I have yet to make actual cashew cream.

  19. Nayna Kanabar

    4th June 2016 at 9:31 pm

    These look delicious , the chili chocolate must have given them a spicy kick??

    • Choclette

      5th June 2016 at 12:21 pm

      It’s great if you like chilli, but if not, it’s easy enough to sub the chocolate for a different flavour.

  20. janie

    27th June 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Nice one Choccy, these look darn perfect! Off to pin them 🙂

    • Choclette

      27th June 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks Janie, they were so good, they ended up not being particularly healthy as we ate them all rather too fast 😉

  21. Georgie

    12th July 2016 at 9:26 am

    I absolutely adore chilli and chocolate together – it gives chocolate a subtle kick but also takes away a little of that sweetness. I’m not a fan of overly sweet things so these look ridiculously delicious!

    • Choclette

      12th July 2016 at 7:02 pm

      I’m with you all the way Georgie. Weirdly, I have a sweet tooth, but I don’t like things to be overly sweet.


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