These cashew coconut energy bites are sweetened with medjool dates and have no dairy or gluten. They are a healthy way to get a burst of energy after a workout. With just a few minutes of your time and some healthy ingredients, you have a tasty on-the-go snack.
Want to try using fresh coconut in this recipe? It will make these even sweeter. See my tips for buying and storing fresh coconut here.
If you are following a gluten free diet can mean that you have to make some substitutes or replacements for normal ingredients, but this recipe proves that the taste will still be there!
I am on an energy bite kick lately. I have cut out sugar and gluten and have found that my taste buds now want something far less sweet for a treat than I used to want. I love how easy these energy bites are to make in the food processor.
These cashew coconut energy bites have just a touch of sweetness without the need of any added sugar. The nuts give you a protein boost and they are just so darned tasty. I love that these energy bites fit into a gluten free, Paleo, dairy free, clean eating and raw diet. (Also Whole30 if you omit the vanilla extract.) Knowing that I am snacking on something that is good for me is a great feeling, too!
These energy bites are so versatile. You could even press them into a pan and then cut them into granola bars instead of making the balls.
Making the cashew coconut energy bites.
Gather your ingredients. For this recipe I used:
- Medjool dates
- Raw cashews
- Chia seeds
- Unsweetened coconut flakes
- Pure vanilla extract (omit for Whole30)
- Sea Salt
- Almond Butter
- Coconut Butter
- 100% Cacao bar
- Coconut oil
I used a food processor to make the batter for these energy bites in just seconds. I started by pulsing the dates until they were crumbly. Next came the rest of the ingredients except for the coconut butter. Just process the mixture until it is well mixed.
The last thing that gets added is the coconut butter. Pulse the mixture until it is a sticky consistency.
Perfect for making the balls.
Roll them into about 1 inch pieces and place on a silicone mat or piece of parchment paper and place in the fridge for a few minutes to set.
I used a few squares of 100% cacao with a teaspoon of coconut oil and melted it in the microwave.
Into an icing bag and a quick drizzle on the top of the energy bites and they are done. Don’t add too much cacao. 100% is DARK chocolate and it is an acquired taste. I just added a tiny bit to the top of my energy bites and the cacao complimented the other ingredients beautifully.
Time to take a bite!
Seriously, guys…this recipe for energy bites is amazing. Just sweet enough, crunchy enough and delicious enough. They have a subtle flavor of everything I want in my mouth without the rush that refined sugar gives me.
Have them for a snack, as part of breakfast or as a lite bite after dinner for dessert. Just have them! I used to make energy bites with sugar and found that they disappeared quickly because they made my sugar dragon roar. These no bake coconut cashew energy bites WITHOUT added sugar or grains are not a trigger for me but I still enjoy the taste of them when I have one. (Just one – not a dozen!)
NOTE: If you want to make these Paleo energy bites Whole30 compliant, just omit the vanilla extract. These taste very much like similar Lara Bars which are totally compliant but can be made at a fraction of the cost of the retail bars.
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- 1 cup of medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup of raw cashews
- 1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
- ¼ cup of chia seeds
- ½ tsp of pure vanilla extract (omit for Whole30)
- ½ tsp of pink sea salt
- 2 tbsp of almond butter
- 2 tbsp of coconut butter
- 4 squares of 100% cacao
- ½ tsp of coconut oil
- Add the dates to a food processor and pulse until crumbly.
- Place the next six ingredients and pulse well.
- Finally add the coconut butter.
- Form the mixture into 1" sized balls and place on parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Place in the fridge for a few minutes to set.
- Put the cacao and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for about 30 seconds. Stir until the cacao is smooth. Add to an icing bag and drizzle very finely over the balls.
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