These naturally sweet no bake coconut date energy bites are sweet little bites of absolute deliciousness, and just so happen to be gluten free, vegan and whole30 compliant!
I am sharing these no bake energy bites for this week’s Five Ingredient Friday (the series wherein I share a 5 ingredient recipe on Fridays.)
I think I’m really getting the hang of making energy bites. I made oatmeal cookie energy bites and loved them so much, that I wanted to keep making different kinds of energy bites!
These energy bites are naturally sweetened by the dates and contain no sugar – and to be honest, after making these delicious energy bites, I’m putting it out there that I don’t even miss a version of energy bites that include sugar, because these are rock stars all by themselves!!
Here are some tips to making the best ever no bake energy bites:
- Use a good food processor. I use this food processor, it really makes a difference texturally
- Process the nuts first, then add in the dates and other ingredients
- Use a cookie scoop to make even size balls, then roll with hands
- Fun little cupcake liners make the energy bites super enjoyable (we eat with our eyes too, right? And how cute are these?)
- Let your energy balls refrigerate for an hour or over night (and store in the fridge) this will allow them to come together
- Feel free to roll your energy bites in coconut flakes or sesame seeds or even sprinkles!
While making and enjoying these coconut energy bites I have been listening to books through audible.com (audio books through Amazon, currently just finished listening to Home Fire which was incredible – one of the best books I’ve listened to).
I love reading but have been reading books at a slower pace then I’d ideally like so listening to books on my way to and from work (which is a good 30 min plus each way) and while I cook has been so amazing. I’m always looking for recommendations – what are some of your favorite books?
Need a naturally sweet snack that gives you natural energy? Look no further! These energy bites are perfect for meal prepping – I make them over and over again, because they’re super delicious (and husband approved): below they’re pictured and I made 5 ingredient Hawaiian chicken and rice bowls, the best ground turkey tacos and the whole bowl with tali sauce – a favorite vegetarian dish)
Other recipes you might enjoy:
- 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Pretzel Energy Bites
- 3 Ingredient chocolate hazelnut date energy bites
- Gluten Free Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
No Bake Coconut Date Energy Bites
- 1/3 cup cashews
- [10 medjool dates]
- 1/2 cup coconut shredded, divided
- [1 Tbs coconut oil]
- 1 Tbs water
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract optional
- Put cashews in a food processor and pulsate for 10 seconds.
- Add pitted dates, 1/4 cup coconut flakes, 1 tbs coconut oil and water (and vanilla extract if using). Process for a minute or until the mixture comes together and no big nuts or dates remain.
- With a tablespoon scoop or a spoon scoop out 1 tablespoon of the mixture and roll in between hands to form a ball.
- Put remaining shredded coconut in a bowl, and then roll the ball in the coconut. Place ball in a mini muffin liner and refrigerate for an hour and then serve.Store in refrigerator.
If I don’t have a food processor, what else can i use?
You could use a really good blender if you don’t have a food processor 🙂
did yo melt the coconut oil?? xx
I did not melt the coconut oil, but you can feel free to do so if you wish 🙂
what is the calorie count for 1 energy bite ?
Hi Eva, depending on how small or big you make them, each energy bite is between 50-60 calories 🙂
Quick questions: are the cashews raw? An is the coconut unsweetened?
Thanks for the questions, yes, the cashews are raw and the coconut is unsweetened 🙂
Tina Schlotterback says
What would the measurement of dates be if I have chopped dates?
Hi Tina, thanks for your comment. I’d say about 1 cup of chopped dates. Hope you love them as much as I do 🙂
I am allergic to cashews…what other nuts do you think would work? 🙂
I think almonds or hazelnuts would work great in this recipe 🙂
Omg love these! I use almonds and roll in cocoa powder instead of coconut! My go to treat! ???
So happy to hear how much you love them, I just made a batch this week again too, they’re soo yummy!
Made these today and they are delicious, thank you!
YAY! I’m so glad you liked them! I just made a batch this past weekend myself and loved them. In the next few weeks I’m also going to be posting a new energy bite recipe that is amazing, so check back for sure 🙂 Thanks again for the lovely comment, it made my day!
I made these this morning and they are divine!! I didn’t have cashews so I used walnuts and they turned out wonderfully! They were so easy to make and came together beautifully. Thanks so much for this super easy and delicious recipe!
Thank you so much for the awesome feedback and for coming back to comment! I truly appreciate it! I’m so glad you loved them as much as I do….now I am going to go home and make another batch this evening 🙂
hroyal10 - Butter & Burlap says
I’ve been looking for a good energy bite and I think this will hit the spot! I’ve seen so many recipes with dates that I have to try one soon! This is my first time stopping by…I’m so glad I did. Great recipe!
Dates are such a versatile ingredient! I need to make recipes like this more often!
Aren’t dates amazing? I don’t think I cooked or baked with them nearly enough until I discovered these energy bites 🙂
As always, this looks amazing and so pretty! Can’t wait to try. 🙂
Thank you so much, I think you’d <3 them!
Brittaney @ Sips and Snacks says
These are so pretty! I’ve got a big bag of dates that, let’s be honest, I’ve been devouring by themselves, but I’ve been wanting to try them in a recipe. These look perfect!
Aren’t dates just so amazing? I’ve made these little coconut date energy bites more than a few times now, just can’t get enough 🙂
Jessica @ Golden Brown and Delicious says
I love these photos! The composition and styling is seriously on-point…plus the energy bites sound awesome.
Thank you so much for your compliments, these energy bites are totally yummy 🙂
These sound delicious. The Lärabars that I’ve been making are just dates and cashews, but I’ll have to try with the coconut! Coconut (in all forms) has been a lifesaver during the Whole30!
The coconut in addition to dates and cashews totally takes it up a notch, I think you’d love them and yay that you’re doing whole30!!!!!
All That I'm Eating says
I’ve been looking for a recipe just like this to try, sounds filling but made from the good stuff. I will have to try it!
These are my favorite energy bites, I think you’ll love them!
Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) says
These little bites are absolutely adorable! Definitely need to make them for my athlete daughter before practice!
I think your daughter would love these! They have an amazing flavor, and one would seriously never know there was no added sugar!
Sune Moolman says
These are so pretty!! I absolutely adore dates and the combo with the cashews and coconut looks divine!
I might just turn into Flash from eating so much of these energy bites! 😛
Hahahahah oh my goodness, I Lol’d about turning into the Flash (do you watch that show?) and I’ll be right there with you because I can’t get enough of these 🙂 thanks for commenting!
Just made them… They are simply DELICIOUS!
I used fresh coconut in the dough and dry coconut to cover the balls. Amazing recipe, thank you so much! <3
YAY! I’m so so SO glad that you loved them as much as I do!!