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Chocolate Coconut Vegan Energy Balls

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What could be better than these super easy, no-bake Chocolate Coconut Vegan Energy Balls? These chocolatey pieces of heaven are so easy to make in just 20 minutes using only your food processor.

No Bake chocolately vegan energy balls covered in shredded coconut.

The perfect snack, breakfast or even dessert.

I love energy balls in general because there are really no “rules” to when you can have them. Anything goes!

If you are not a big breakfast person, just looking a quick snack, or craving something sweet, these vegan energy balls could be your perfect solution.

With energy balls, there are SO many different options and combinations you can come up with.

And I especially love these Chocolate Coconut Balls. They are:

  • sweetened by dates with no added sugars,
  • filled with the addicting flavors of chocolate and coconut,
  • easy to make,
  • only 8 ingredients,
  • filled with flax seed so you can get your daily Omega 3’s,
  • convenient as an on-the-go treat,
  • and fun to make…and share!

Tips/Suggestions:

  • For the flax seeds, I recommend using whole flax seeds to start, and grind them using a small coffee grinder. Pre-packaged ground flax seed can also work, but once ground, they have a short shelf life and are also not as healthy. I always keep a jar of whole flax seeds in my fridge that I can grind at any time. 
  • Make sure you are using a food processor for this recipe, and not a blender. A blender will not have enough surface area and you’ll need that space for the ingredients to move around.

How to make these vegan energy balls:

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

Next 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.

Note: depending on how sharp your blade is, you may need to stop, stir, and blend again every 30 seconds or so, so everything gets mixed equally.

A food processor filled with a mix of almonds, cocoa, coconut oil, and flax seed.

The mixture should now be sticky enough to form into balls. You can test this by squeezing it between your fingers. It should stay together, but not stick to your hands, or fall apart.

If it’s not staying together very well, add a little more coconut oil and process again (see notes in recipe card for additional information). If it’s too sticky, you can add a bit of oatmeal or even unsweetened coconut and re-blend.

Once ready, form into 1 1/2 inch balls.

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 form them together, place each ball onto a plate, or a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Any flat surface will do.

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 Vegan Energy Balls on a cutting board, in 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 these bite-sized snacks!! =)

A white bowl of Chocolate Coconut Vegan Energy Balls.

Helpful Tools:

  • Food Processor– This piece of equipment is crucial for this recipe to work correctly. A blender won’t work, as it doesn’t have the surface area that a food processor does.
  • Measuring Cups- I have a variety of different measuring cups. These liquid measuring cups from Pyrex are great, but I also like these dry measuring cups from OXO.

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

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 Balls (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 these super easy, no-bake Chocolate Coconut Vegan Energy Balls? These chocolatey pieces of heaven are so easy to make in just 20 minutes using only your food processor.

  • Author: Christin McKamey
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 22 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Snack, Dessert
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Healthy
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Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add the almond slices 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. Note: depending on how sharp your blade is, you may need to stop, stir, and blend again every 30 seconds or so, 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. It should stay together, but not stick to your hands, or fall apart. If it’s not staying together very well, add a little more coconut oil and process again. If it’s too sticky, you can add a bit of oatmeal or even unsweetened coconut and re-blend. (**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 form them together, 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

  • *For the flax seeds, I recommend using whole flax seeds to start, and grind them using a small coffee grinder. Pre-packaged ground flax seed can also work, but once ground, they have a short shelf life and are also not as healthy. I always keep a jar of whole flax seeds in my fridge that I can grind at any time. 
  • If you don’t have flax seed on hand, you can also use chia seeds. 
  • Make sure you are using a food processor for this recipe, and not a blender. A blender will not have enough surface area for the ingredients to move around.
  • **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
  • Calories: 59
  • Sugar: 1.2
  • Sodium: 27.3
  • Fat: 3.6
  • Carbohydrates: 6
  • Protein: 2

Keywords: vegan energy balls, chocolate coconut bites, no bake bites, no bake balls, coconut balls, coconut date balls

Update Notes: This post was originally published in May 2016, but was republished in December of 2019 with tips and FAQs.

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33 Comments

  • These were delicious! I didn’t have enough dates so I did 1/3 dates, 1/3 raisins, and 1/3 dried prunes. Soaked them all in water for 20 minutes as you suggested. Came out great! Thank you!

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    • Thank you Melissa, so glad you loved them! The raisins and dried prunes is a great idea! =)

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  • I really like these energy bites. They are a good and natural snack. Thanks!!

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    • Thanks so much, so happy you like them! =)

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  • Came out really good. We absolutely loved it 🤤

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    • Thank you Mitra! I’m happy you loved them.

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  • Can these be frozen? Meal/snack/food prepping for new baby in a few weeks 🙂

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    • Hello! Yes, I think that would work great! =)

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  • Just realized I have no coconut oil. Can I use peanut butter? If so, how much? Any other substitute for coconut. butter? Kathy Lane kmlane@shaw.ca

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    • Hi Kathy, I absolutely think peanut butter will work! If you have one that’s natural (has a layer of oil on the top) so it’s not too thick, that would work best. Let me know how it goes. Sounds delicious. =)

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  • Hi Christin! I started to make these today before I realized that I only had 10 oz of dates. I already had the dry ingredients mixed so I improvised and backfilled with dried figs & raisins (all soaked for 10 min in hot water). All worked out as planned & tasted great – with some additional crunch from the fig seeds. I also was too lazy to roll the balls so added the coconut to blend in & then patted the mixture out on a silicone mat. I used a silicone cake knife to cut into squares. Easy peasy. 😉

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    • Yay so glad it worked out Kim! The dried figs and raisins is a great idea!!! I’ll have to remember that. =)

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  • Hmm how many calories for 1 bite of cocoa?

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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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  • 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! ?

  • 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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  • 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!)

      • 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!!!

  • mmm!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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