Dirty Chai Energy Balls

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4.8 from 5 reviews

Get in a boost of caffeine with these Dirty Chai Energy Balls.  Rolled oats and your favorite nut butter are the primary ingredients, so no food processor needed! Gluten-free and vegan-friendly.



Energy Balls

  • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 TBS espresso powder (use 1/2 TBS for less flavor, or up to 1.5 TBS for stronger taste)
  • 1 TBS chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup creamy natural nut or seed butter (I used homemade)
  • 1/3 cup honey or brown rice syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 TBS cacao nibs (or mini chocolate chips)

homemade chai spice blend

  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp all spice
  • 1/8 ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg


  1. In a large bowl combine oats, chai spice blend, espresso powder, chia seeds and cacao nibs/ mini chocolate chips..
  2. Add in nut butter, honey or brown rice syrup, and vanilla extract. Use sturdy spatula or spoon to combine.
  3. Once ingredients have come together, place bowl in freezer for about 10 minutes (or fridge for 20 minutes). The cold mixture will make forming the energy balls a lot easier.
  4. Using a tablespoon, scoop mixture into rounded balls and roll between palms to shape. You should get roughly 18-20 balls. Enjoy with your morning chai or coffee!


Store balls in container in fridge for about 2-3 weeks. Balls also keep well in freezer in airtight container for about 3-4 months. Nutrition approx, based on 18 servings using cacao nibs.