Okay, turning the dramatics down, but really though, I'm super excited about this creation. A couple of reasons I love these: for one, being lactose intolerant (like...severely) means I don't have a ton of options when it comes to dessert and I really miss chocolate....dark chocolate bars just don't normally do the trick for me, and two, there's a ton protein in these so you can actually call them healthy energy balls....if that makes you feel better? They're also vegan, gluten free, soy know all those things. But they are soooooo indulgent!

Basically, these are candy cane chocolate balls perfect for when you want a festive treat or if you want share as a gift instead of normal Christmas cookies tin. They're super easy to make, require zero baking, and are just really really really delicious. 


(makes 14 balls..............of this size)

  • 10 medjool dates (take the pits can buy them pitted but I think the medjool dates with pits in are way sweeter and have a better consistency for the balls!)

  • 2 tbs almond butter (you can use other nut butter if you want, but again...I prefer almond butter!)

  • 1-2 tbs semi sweet chocolate chips (I get the enjoy life mini chips - they're dairy free!)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 3-ish drops of peppermint essential oil

  • 1 candy cane

  • 1 tsp kosher salt


  1. Get your food processor out! I have this one and it's super affordable and gets the job done! Put in the candy cane by itself (maybe break in half first) and crush it up pretty small! Pour out the candy cane pieces in a small bowl, but don't clean the processor out after...some of the candy cane residue will be left over and it'll be really good mixed in with the rest of the steps!

  2. Put in all the rest of the ingredients and process until mixture comes together and no big date pieces remain.

  3. You can use a cookie scoop or a spoon to scoop out enough mixture to form into a ball... whatever size you want. I just use my hands because that's just me.

  4. Dip the rolled ball into the candy cane pieces you processed earlier and place on a plate or container.

  5. Once you've finished with the balls, place into fridge for an hour or the freezer for 10-15 minutes, and then you're good to go!

  6. Store in fridge after you're done!


If you end up making them, please let me know, or tag me on insta! @bloomwithzum