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Vegan Chocolate Energy Balls Recipe

I am so excited to share this easy recipe that is perfect for back to school, on the go, and traveling! This week we are spending our vacation in Williamsburg, Virginia and I made this easy snack for our six hour drive.

 Another thing I really enjoy about this recipe is you can customize ingredients for different combinations or flavors you like. (I will be making pumpkin energy balls this fall so stay tuned for that recipe!)

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I also love that these are no bake and take about only 5-10 minutes to make! 
Plus you could even freeze them and have a supply always waiting on the go. 

If you do make our easy vegan energy balls please share with us on our social media or by using the hashtag #thejaroudis. We love seeing all the recipes you make! 


+1 cup of rolled oats 
+10 pitted dates 
+2 tbsp chia seeds
+1 tbsp of cacao powder
+1/4 cup walnuts 
+2 tbsp maple syrup 
+1 tbsp almond butter 


Add the rolled oats, dates, maple syrup, cacao powder, 
chia seeds, and almond butter to a food processor

Pulse Blend till all ingredients are mixed well

Add in the walnuts and pulse for a few seconds

Move all ingredients to a mixing bowl

Using a Tablespoon measuring spoon scope out mixture and form balls

Place energy balls onto a baking sheet and place in the freezer for 15-20 mintues 

Move energy balls into a container and keep refrigerator until ready to enjoy

(Ours lasted all six hours in the car with us & were still held together + delicious!)

I love how awesome these energy balls are to change the ingredients. 
You like peanut butter - just swipe it for the almond butter! 
Love coconut - You can always add it inside or roll the energy ball to coat it.
Love vanilla? Add it to the recipe! 
Flax fan instead of chia seeds? No problem! 

I'll be sharing my favorite easy vegan energy ball recipes that I love all throughout the year with you guys! This is a must recipe for anyone on the go and even an amazing healthy snack for kids!

Colorado Photographer: Amanda Paige

Last month we traveled from Pittsburgh to Estes Park, Colorado for our summer vacation. I had the great pleasure of meeting photographer Amanda Paige and have her take our photographs in the Rocky Mountains. Which was such an amazing opportunity to capture such special memories.   

She has a style of photography that is so romantic and genuine. Also I loved Amanda as a person! Amanda was so kind, fun, adventurous, and someone who leaves you feeling inspired. We had the best time hanging out with her and I wish she lived closer to us because I know we'd be such good friends. I love her photography style which you can see more over on her website here.  

Here is a little more about Amanda

Hi friends! My name is Amanda. My life is built around being a wife and mama first. 

I've had a love for taking photos as long as I can remember. That love has always been accompanied by a deep yearning to travel and experience our earth. 

Sweetened iced green tea is my drink of choice and, as weird as it seems, green beans are my favorite food.
Florida grown and Colorado livin'. 
Avid hiker, yogi, lover, story teller, and dancer. Seriously, my dance moves rock!
I love trees. Specifically, the Redwoods.
Bucket List adventures include: Fields of Tulips in Holland, Standing under waterfalls in New Zealand, Boating in Thailand, and Running across plains in Ireland. Take me with you and I'll take the photos. 

Amanda also has a blog which is fantastic you can check out here - Instagram - Facebook Page

If you are in the Colorado area you have to check out Estes Park, the Rocky Mountains,
 and Amanda Paige Photography!

 She will take the most amazing photographs of your family in the most amazing location! 

Our Trip to Colorado Photo Diary