No-Bake Date Coconut Energy Bites

These No-Bake Date Coconut Energy Bites are absolutely delicious with their soft texture and naturally sweet and nutty flavor.  They are loaded with nutrients and make for the perfect bite-sized healthy snack.  They are vegan and they don’t contain any gluten, grains or refined sugars.  Best of all, they are so quick and easy to make.  

Date Energy Bites

No-Bake Energy Bites

I am absolutely addicted to these easy no-bake energy bites and I cannot seem to stop making them.  Everyone in my family has been loving them anytime of day.  I love them pre-workout for a burst of energy without weighing me down.  They are great for the kids in between meals for a healthy and satisfying snack.  And if we are having a lazy morning and I don’t feel like making breakfast right away I pop an energy bite to hold me over until breakfast time.  They are sweet enough that they could even be considered dessert.  My kids think they are a special treat.

Easy Grain-Free Energy Bites

Health Benefits of these No-Bake Date Coconut Energy Bites

These energy bites are made of six simple pantry ingredients that I always seem to have on hand:

  1. raw walnuts
  2. raw cashews
  3. unsweetened shredded coconut
  4. Medjool dates
  5. vanilla extract
  6. salt

The coconut, dates and vanilla provide the sweetness while the salt helps to bring out the nutty flavor from the walnuts and cashews.  They really do taste like dessert and yet they offer so many nutrients to power you until your next meal.  They are the perfect make-ahead recipe to keep on hand for healthy snacking.

Walnuts add healthy fats and plant-based protein to the snack.   They contain omega-3 fatty acids which are essential fats that may promote heart health. Walnuts are also an excellent source of manganese and copper and a good source of magnesium.

The cashews offer more plant-based protein and are also incredibly nutrient dense.  They are considered an excellent source of copper and a good source of magnesium, manganese, vitamin K, phosphorous and zinc.

I buy raw, unsalted cashews and walnuts in the bulk section of my grocery store and store them in my refrigerator in a large mason jar that is airtight.  In the refrigerator nuts can last up to six months (whereas at room temperature they last up to three months).  They can actually last up to a year if you store them in your freezer.  

Dates are a fresh stone fruit that come from a date palm tree.  They are not considered dried; instead, they are naturally “dehydrated.”  They are naturally sweet, moist, juicy and have a distinct caramel flavor.  From a health perspective, they are full of amazing benefits.  They contain loads of fiber which aids in weight loss, digestion and heart health.  Dates are fat-free, sodium-free and cholesterol-free while also containing nutritious vitamins and minerals including zinc, copper, magnesium, manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, calcium, iron and vitamin K.  Dates also contain 50% more potassium than a banana (weight for weight). Potassium builds muscles, regulates your heartbeat, controls fluid balances and breaks down carbohydrates.  We all need it.

Coconuts are cholesterol free, very low sodium and another good source of dietary fiber.  Plus, they add amazing texture and flavor to these energy balls.

Altogether, these bites are going to literally give you the nutrients and energy you need during any “hangry” or “snacky” moment.  They are extremely satisfying and satiating.  Most importantly, I find them irresistibly delicious!

Easy No-Bake Date Energy Bites

Into energy bites?  Try more energy bite recipes from my blog (all vegan and gluten-free):

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Energy Bites

Cookie Dough Energy Bites (grain-free)

No-Bake Birthday Cake Energy Bites (grain-free)

No-Bake Quinoa Energy Bites

No-Bake Fudgy Quinoa-Chia Bites

No-Bake, Instant Sunflower Energy Balls (nut-free)

No-Bake Flourless Brownie Energy Bites

No-Bake Pumpkin Pie Energy Bites (I created this recipe for Frontier)

Almond Butter & Jelly Energy Bites

Easy No-Bake Date Energy Balls

Now, Let’s Make Some No-Bake Date Coconut Energy Bites!

This easy no-bake energy bite recipe will be your new go-to snack.  It is naturally vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, peanut-free, legume-free, paleo-friendly and refined sugar-free so it works well for all types of diets.

I cannot wait for you to give these date energy bites a try!  Let’s get processing!

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Date Energy Bites

No-Bake Date Coconut Energy Bites


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 24 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

These No-Bake Date Coconut Energy Bites are absolutely delicious with their soft texture and naturally sweet and nutty flavor.  They are loaded with nutrients and make for the perfect bite-sized healthy snack.  They are vegan and they don’t contain any gluten, grains or refined sugars.  Best of all, they are so quick and easy to make.


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw walnut halves
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/4 cup large pitted Medjool dates (~15 dates)*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt

Instructions

  1. Line a small baking sheet or other flat surface with parchment paper or wax paper.  Set aside.
  2. Add walnuts, cashews and coconut to a completely dry food processor fitted with the “S” blade.  Process until crumbly.
  3. Add the dates, vanilla and salt and process again until dates have been fully incorporated and the mixture sticks when you pinch it between your fingers.  You should be able to easily form the mixture into balls.  If not, continue to process until you can (or try adding more dates).  Be careful not to over-process though – you don’t want it to become mush.  You still want it to have a crumbly texture.
  4. Use a tablespoon to scoop out one tablespoon of the mixture at a time.  Roll into balls between your hands and set on the parchment-lined baking sheet (or other flat surface)  Once all 24 energy bites have been made, place the baking sheet in your freezer.  You can enjoy immediately at room temperature but I prefer to eat them when they have hardened up a bit in the freezer.
  5. Store energy bites in an airtight container in your freezer for up to two months.

Notes

*Your dates should be very soft for this recipe to work well.  If they have hardened you can pour boiling water overtop of them for an hour or so to help soften them up and rehydrate them.  If you do this be sure to drain them and allow them to dry a bit so they aren’t soaking wet.

Medjool dates are the only type of dates that work in this recipe.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor

Keywords: date energy bites

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4 Comments

  1. Jeanne

    Love making your recipes. They are clean, easy, and delicious. Put the balls in freezer but will not last long. So yummy!

    Reply
    • Elaine Gordon

      Aw thank you so much for letting me know! I definitely like to keep them easy. And, yes, I store mine in the freezer as well to create a slight barrier to entry so I don’t go through them all in a day! LOL. I also love them frozen – the texture is so good in my opinion! I’m glad you love them too 🙂

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  2. Andrea

    Cannot eat walnuts…can I use all cashews with same result?

    Reply
    • Elaine Gordon

      Yea I think that would probably work just fine. Or you could do pecans if you are able to eat that. Soft nuts will work well here… I’m not sure if almonds would.

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