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.

5 from 6 reviews

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.




  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. 


*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. 


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