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30 min or less, Breakfast, Dessert, Easy, Gluten Free, Snacks, Under 400 calories, Vegan Recipes

No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites (Vegan, Gluten Free)

What could be better than super easy, no-bake chocolately pieces of heaven you can make using only your food processor?

No Bake chocolately energy bites covered in shredded coconut, in a white bowl and a cutting board with shredded coconut flakes in the background.

The perfect snack, breakfast or even dessert!

If you are not a big breakfast person like me, OR if you just don’t have the time, these No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites could be your perfect solution.

They are:

  • sweetened by dates with no added sugars,
  • easy to make,
  • only 8 ingredients,
  • convenient as an on-the-go treat,
  • and fun to share!

1. Add ingredients to your food processor.

To get started, add the almonds to a food processor and process 20- 30 seconds, until finely chopped.

Add the unsweetened cocoa, flax seed, ground sea salt and old fashioned oats. Process another 20 seconds or so, until blended.

Add the medjool dates and unrefined coconut oil to your food processor. Process for 2-3 minutes or until mixture is well blended. Depending on how sharp your blade is, you may need to stir every minute so everything gets mixed equally.

A Kitchenaid food processor (from a high angle) filled with a blended mix of almonds, cocoa, coconut oil, flax seed, and sea salt.

2. Start forming into balls.

The mixture should now be sticky enough to form into balls. You can test this by squeezing it between your fingers. If it’s not staying together very well, add a little more coconut oil and process again.

*There’s definitely a sweet spot with getting the texture right. Since the size of dates varies for each kitchen, it’s hard to give an exact amount of coconut oil in this recipe. So it’s best to start with 1/4 cup coconut oil and add a little more (in 1 tablespoon increments) if necessary. If you add a little too much, you can add a little more oats (or shredded coconut) to balance it out.

Once ready, form into 1 1/2 inch balls. *Note: I’ve found that you can’t really “roll” these between your hands to form into balls. Instead, you need to shape them, pressing with your hands until they are in ball form. As you roll, place each ball onto a plate, or a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Any flat surface will do.

3. Roll in finely shredded coconut.

Then, on a separate plate, cutting board or other flat surface, add the shredded coconut. Press each ball, one at a time, into the coconut with a little pressure until it sticks to all sides. Note: it’s best to use finely shredded coconut as it will stick better.

Chocolate Coconut No Bake Bites on a chevron patterned cutting board, lying in some unsweetened coconut flakes.

Transfer them to an airtight container and store in the fridge up to a week. This recipe makes 22 balls.

Don’t forget to share! =)

A white bowl of Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites, set on a rustic looking napkin.

If you love easy energy bites/balls, be sure to try my other recipes for Cinnamon Almond Date Bites and Carrot Cake Bites.

And if you try this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag a photo #veggie__chick on Instagram. I just love to see my recipes being made in YOUR kitchen!

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No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites (Vegan, Gluten Free)

A bowl of chocolately coconut energy bites in a white bowl, stacked on top of each other. In the background, there is a chevron patterned cutting board covered with shredded coconut.

What could be better than super easy, no-bake chocolately pieces of heaven you can make using only your food processor? You can enjoy these energy bites as a quick breakfast running out the door to work, or as an afternoon snack, or even dessert.

  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 22 1x
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add the almonds to a food processor and process 20- 30 seconds, until finely chopped.
  2. Add the cocoa, flax seed, sea salt and oats. Process another 20 seconds or so, until blended.
  3. Add dates and coconut oil. Process for 2-3 minutes or until mixture is well blended. Depending on how sharp your blade is, you may need to stir every minute so everything gets mixed equally.
  4. The mixture should now be sticky enough to form into balls. You can test this by squeezing between your fingers. If it’s not staying together very well, add a little more coconut oil and process again (*see tip in notes below). Once ready, form into 1 1/2 inch balls. Note: I’ve found that you can’t really “roll” these between your hands to form the balls; you need to shape them, pressing with your hands until they are in ball form. As you roll, place each ball onto a plate, or a baking sheet covered in parchment paper (or you can use a silicone baking mat). Any flat surface will do.
  5. Then, on a separate plate, cutting board or other flat surface, add the finely shredded coconut. Note: finely shredded works best as it sticks well. Press each ball, one at a time, into the coconut with a little pressure until it sticks to all sides. Transfer to an airtight container. Store in the fridge up to a week. This recipe makes 22 balls. 

Notes

*There’s definitely a sweet spot with getting the texture right. Since the size of dates varies for each kitchen, it’s hard to give an exact amount of coconut oil in this recipe. So it’s best to start with 1/4 cup coconut oil and add a little more (in 1 tablespoon increments) if necessary. If you add a little too much, you can add a little more oats (or shredded coconut) to balance it out. 

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball

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23 Comments

  • These sound so good! I’m trying every version of the “energy bite” I can find. Can’t wait to try this!

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    • Let me know how you like them! =)

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  • 1 pound medjool dates, seeds removed

    I can be a dumb-ass sometimes, so I apologize for the question.
    Is that 1 pound BEFORE or AFTER the seeds have been removed?

    Thanks!

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    • That is not a dumb question! =) It should be a pound before the seeds are removed. Generally, you can buy dates in 1 pound (or 16-ounce) containers. Thanks for asking!

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  • Made these last night and they are incredible! Super fun and easy to make as well. I was just wondering if you had the nutritional value on them?

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    • Ashley, I just added the nutritional value to the site! So glad you liked them. They are addicting! =)

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  • Delicious and so easy to make! My new favorite snack:)

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    • Thank you Katie!!! 😉

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  • mmm!

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  • What would you say the serving size is on these? They are delicious!

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    • I love these! =) This recipe generally makes around 20-22 balls. The nutritional info is for 1 ball.

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      • I just made it and it made 52 balls 😳 They’re fantastic though! (I did use a 500 g brick of pre-pitted dates though, so that’s probably why!)

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        • Wow, you must have made them small, or like you said, I bet it was because of the amount of dates! Haha well I guess you have snacks for weeks! You could freeze them. =) Glad you love the recipe!!!

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  • They look really yummy!
    Being outside the US, I don’t have access to a cup measure. Any chance you could give the measurements in weight (grams) as well?

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    • Hi Malou, I did my best here by using some online conversion calculators. I hope this works. =)
      60 grams almond slices
      50 grams unsweetened cocoa
      3 grams ground flax seed
      1.25 grams teaspoon ground sea salt
      180 grams organic old fashioned oats
      453 grams medjool dates, seeds removed
      25 grams unrefined coconut oil, melted
      25 grams shredded unsweetened coconut

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  • Yum yum! Just made these today, sooo delicious! I started off with liquid coconut oil, but it was too dry, so then I used the regular coconut oil and the balls stuck together better. My question is how much is in one serving when counting calories?

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    • Hi Eleanor, as far as I remember, it is one ball per serving. So happy you loved them! =)

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      • Thank you for your reply Christin! ☺ I noticed later that the recipe makes 22 balls and when I made them I ended up with more, so I just need to calculate calories according to the number of balls. Thanks again! ?

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  • You mention maple syrup in the beginning but it’s not listed in the ingredients.

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    • Thanks for the heads up Keri! I removed the maple syrup because I didn’t think it was necessary, but forgot to take it off the instructions. I appreciate it! =)

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  • Hi! How long can these be stored for?

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    • Hi Ginnie, generally I store these up to a week or so. =)

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  • Hmm how many calories for 1 bite of cocoa?

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