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

What could be better than super easy, no-bake chocolately pieces of heaven? I love that these Energy Bites are SO healthy, and I can enjoy them for a quick breakfast running out the door to work, an afternoon snack, or even dessert! It also amazes me that there is no sugar! All the sweetness comes from the dates. =)

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Have I ever mentioned that I’m not really a breakfast person? I’m generally not hungry when I wake up, and I don’t even allow myself enough time as it is. Usually, I’m making some tea or grabbing a water with lemon and running out the door. That’s why I love this recipe so much. It’s so easy to make, and it’s perfect to throw a few of these in a Ziploc bag for work. I can enjoy them peacefully at my desk when I’m hungry.

To start, add the almond slices to a food processor and process for about 30 seconds, until they are chopped very fine. I use almonds for this recipe but feel free to substitute with other nuts or seeds. Add the cocoa, flax seed, sea salt and oats and process for another 20 seconds or so, until combined and the oats are chopped. My food processor sometimes pushes the ingredients to the bottom of the bowl, so I have to stir it every once in awhile to make sure the mixture is evenly blended.

Now add the medjool dates and melted coconut oil. Process for 2-3 minutes (again, stirring as necessary). At this point, the mixture should be sticky enough to form into balls. You can test this by squeezing the mix between your fingers. If they are not sticking, add a little more coconut oil and process again. Then, form the mixture into 1 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.

Roll the balls around in the unsweetened coconut so it sticks, and put into an airtight container. Let sit in the fridge for an hour or so before devouring. They will last for days in the fridge.

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

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 22 1x


  • 3/4 cup almond slices
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed (if possible, use whole flax seeds and grind them yourself)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups organic old fashioned oats, gluten free if desired
  • 1 pound medjool dates, seeds removed (make sure the dates are very soft, I’ve used some brands that are more firm and will struggle in the food processor)
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (finely shredded will stick better)


  1. Add the almonds to a food processor and process about 30 seconds, until finely chopped.
  2. Add 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. You may need to stir every minute so everything gets mixed equally.
  4. Test the mixture so it is firm enough to form into balls. If it’s not or too dry, add a little more melted coconut oil.
  5. Form into 1 inch balls. Put into an airtight container and put in the fridge at least an hour before serving. These balls will last for days in the fridge and make a quick breakfast or snack.

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

    • Let me know how you like them! =)

  • 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?


    • 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!

  • 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?

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

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

    • Thank you Katie!!! 😉

  • mmm!

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

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

      • 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!)

        • 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!!!

  • 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?

    • 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

  • 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?

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

      • 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! ?

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

    • 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! =)

  • Hi! How long can these be stored for?

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

  • Hmm how many calories for 1 bite of cocoa?


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