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Cherries.  Chocolate.  Almonds.  Need I say more?!?

In all honesty, though, these scrumptious little no-bake energy bites happen to be packed with fibre, protein, healthy fats, and disease-fighting antioxidants.  They make a great quick snack or breakfast on-the-go.  

Ingredients for 12 balls (more or less depending on desired size of your balls!):

  • 1 cup raw almonds

  • 1/4 cup natural protein powder OR gluten-free shelled hemp seeds

  • 1-2 servings collagen peptides (optional, see note below)

  • 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder

  • 2 Tbsp gelatinized maca powder

  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates (10-12 dates)

  • 1 Tbsp MCT oil or melted coconut oil

  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • couple drops pure almond extract (optional)

  • 1/2 cup diced dried cherries

  • 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs

*Note: I used 2 packets Crushed Tonic Original probiotic elixir.  Each packet contains 10 grams marine collagen, 1 billion units probiotics, and 1,000 mcg biotin. Use code “crushingontara” for discount.


  1. Put almonds, protein powder or hemp seeds, collagen, cacao powder and maca into blender container.  Blend until well-chopped.

  2. Add the dates, coconut oil, vanilla and almond extract.  Blend until a uniform paste is created, scraping the sides and bottom with a rubber spatula as needed.

  3. Add the dried cherries and cacao nibs and pulse several times to mix or until desired texture is achieved (we like the nibs to provide a bit of a crunch).

  4. Scrape mixture onto a plate or parchment paper.  Roll into balls.  Dust with cacao powder as desired.

Enjoy as-is or store in an air-tight container in the fridge for a week, or the freezer for up to 2 months.