Nutella Energy Bites

If there ever were the perfect pre-workout snack, I’d have to say it’s these Nutella Energy Bites. Hands. Down.

Nutella Energy Bites

If there is one food that I truly believe was carefully created by the hand of God and given to us mere mortals for pure pleasure and enjoyment…

it’d be nutella.


Nutella Energy Bites

I lives for you, nutella.

But something I do not lives for? Awkwardly timed workouts.

I’m an early riser, so any workout after 8:30am is like… I’m not even going to go. Just kidding, I’ll go under one condition: balls.


If I have an easy snack to devour before my later-ish workout, I’m good to go. Simply because I just can’t eat a full breakfast before, but if I don’t eat I will most definitely starve if I don’t eat something. So, early morning workouts work for me. And I don’t like to eat just before my workouts because I don’t know, I just don’t enjoy puking. Which would 100% happen if I ate breakfast. Shout out to my delicate digestive system!

What better food to give you energy before a workout than chocolate?

Okay, I need to make a confession. While I do eat energy bites before workouts, I may or may not eat them after dinner as dessert while I watch Bravo, too. And as in may or may not, I definitely mean may.

Nutella Energy Bites

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Speaking of workouts, what workouts are you guys loving right now?

I shared in this post what workouts I like to do when I’m not running or taking group fitness classes (I get free classes via my job). I pretty much go in waves. There was one period where all I wanted to do was barre. Then, I went through my spin phase. I took a spin class a few days ago where I 1) thought the room was way too hot, and was confident I was going to suffocate, 2) was straight up out of breath and was also confident I would die, and 3) got a great workout in despite the thoughts of this being my last day on earth. Oh, spin. How you kick my ass, so.

Nutella Energy Bites

Back to the balls.

Balls to the wall.

Okay, done. I try to call them bites instead of balls, and still I have to let it out, I’m sorry okay?!

These are one of my favorite energy ~*bites*~ that I’ve ever made. I absolutely love the nutella mixed with the crunchy, sweet graham cracker ‘crust’. It reminds me of these Baked Nutella S’Mores! And they certainly make for a good transition from pre-workout to dessert munchies.

Nutella Energy Bites

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Nutella Energy Bites
Recipe Type: Snack
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Serves: 10 balls
  • 12 pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp nutella
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 graham crackers, pulsed into crumbs
  1. In a food processor, add dates and process until ‘crumbs’ form.
  2. Add in walnuts and nutella.
  3. Process until smooth, and a dough-like ball forms.
  4. Using your hands, break off pieces of the dough and form into little balls.
  5. Roll each ball into graham cracker crumbs until completely covered.
You may use cashews instead of walnuts.[br]If your dates are not soft, soak them in water for 5-7 minutes before making.

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Join the conversation:
What are your favorite group fitness classes?
Do you eat before working out, or do you prefer to exercise on an empty stomach?

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  1. says

    I prefer working out on a empty stomach…But when I was doing long runs, I would always eat a bar before or a spoonful of peanut butter to hold me over. I recently took a class yesterday morning that was circuit training and my shoulders are SO SORE!!! :) Feeling the burn in a good way!

  2. says

    Nutella was definitely crafted by angels. And these BALLS (there, I said it haha) look like they were too! On some days I prefer to workout on an empty stomach, but some days I’m like nahhhh I’m hungry and I’ll eat breakfast before. I’m all about these bites/balls though, these look like the best pre, post, and really any time of day snack. I love the watching Bravo is your guilty pleasure 😉

  3. says

    Wow, I’m almost the opposite. It’s hard for me to pump out an early morning workout but an afternoon workout is a lot easier. Maybe these would motivate me to do a workout in the morning? Also, so thankful that God gave someone the idea to use hazelnuts, sugar, and cocoa to make the amazingness that is Nutella. These look like amazing night time fuel too for relaxing on the couch.

  4. says

    Umm WUT. These are brilliant, and I need immediately. I totally feel you on the “going through workout phases” thing. My life is one big sequence of workout phases. Right now I’m going through a really big yoga/barre phase – mostly because my inflexible ass can’t move like a regular human. Gotta work on that.

    And I also gotta make these ASAP.

    • says

      Ha soooo is mine!! I feel ya. This week was a ‘I don’t want t workout AT ALL’ phase. Ended up working out three times, but I just had this BLAH feeling. I think it 100% had to do with the gross weather in FL! And yeah I’m so inflexible. To think I was a gymnast and cheerleader who could do perfect splits.. ha yeah not so much anymore

  5. says

    I can’t really eat too much before an early morning workout or I feel sick but I always try to eat something light like a small piece of fruit but I think nutella would be wayyyyyyyy better! These are also the perfect dessert too :)

  6. says

    Those Nutella energy bites look like a dream come true!

    My favorite group fitness class is Kickboxing. It definitely gives me a good sweat! And it’s always necessary to eat before my work out, or else I start day dreaming about food while I’m exercising!

    • says

      Kickboxing is a KILLER workout!!! I do a class in Tampa called spoxing and its 3 rounds of spin plus 9 rounds of boxing. It kills me! (in a good way) If I wait too long to workout in the morning, that’s when I get really hungry, and usually cut my workout short to eat LOL

  7. says

    I need to work out right when I wake up because I really can’t have anything in my stomach or I feel like I’m gonna vom. BUT, energy bites are the solution!! Usually I’ll pop one (<— that kinda sounds like I'm doing drugs or something) and that will be just the bit of energy I need. These look SO good. And I loved your insta this morning 😉

  8. says

    Oh boy, these look decadent (yet healthy-ish, too :D)! I don’t take many group fitness classes, but I’d love to try a spin class sometime. If I’m going to work out in the morning, I’m like you–I need a little something in my stomach so that I haven’t turned into a hangry monster by the end!

    • says

      You need to try a spin class! I actually used to HATE them, sort of how I don’t like running on the treadmill, it’s pretty much mind over matter. But the spin studio I go to has huge projectors that play music videos to the songs we’re listening to so its distracting ha! It’s awesome. Thanks for stopping by Claire!!

  9. says

    I really appreciated your jokes in this post haha. I really like fitness classes because they really push you to keep going when you wanna give up. The most recent one I tried out was pilates which was a little bit too easy for me. But don’t go thinking I’m some kind of pilates superstar…I was the youngest by at least 30 years 😛

  10. says

    That Raven gif gave me so much life. How did you know she was my biggest role model???
    I’ve been loving Les Mills classes for years and still get excited to go. My goal is to get certified to teach within the next year!

  11. says

    When I went to Europe I seriously ate nutella everything — Nutella Gelato, Nutella Cereal, Nutella Crepes, you name it. I even brought two boxes of the cereal home with me haha. These look like pure nutella bliss! And can I just that how happy I am that you added That’s So Raven? haha I used to LOVE that show!

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