We’re no strangers to date bites around here, but these may just top them all. Strong claim, but with good reason. If you love the flavors of buttery cashews, salted caramel, and coconut, you’re going to love these energy bites!
Just 4 ingredients and 10 minutes required for these naturally sweetened, plant-based gems that are perfect for on-the-go snacking, pre- or post-workout fuel, or a healthier dessert! Let us show you how it’s done.
It starts with medjool dates to provide the sweet, sticky, caramelly base. Cashews and shredded coconut add richness and texture. And sea salt takes them into salted caramel goodness land. Swoon!
These simple ingredients are blended up in a food processor.
Then scooped into adorable bite-sized portions (we use this small cookie scoop for ease).
And rolled into balls! That’s assuming they make it this far before sneaking into your mouth.
We hope you LOVE these bites! They’re:
Quick & easy
Enjoy as an on-the-go snack, pre- or post-workout fuel, or a healthier dessert! They’d also pair well with a glass of dairy-free milk.
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Servings 9 (Energy Bites)
- 1 cup packed pitted dates (measured after pitting // we prefer medjool)
- 1/3 cup roasted unsalted cashews (if nut-free, sub seed of choice, such as hemp or sunflower // raw cashews are also fine // if your nuts are salted, add less salt to the mixture)
- 1/4 cup desiccated or shredded unsweetened coconut (or sub half the amount in coconut flour and work your way up for more of a cake bite texture)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste
To a food processor add pitted dates, cashews, coconut, and sea salt (adjust amount as needed if nuts are salted). Note: If you don’t have a food processor you can try using a blender, but dates can be tough for blenders due to their sticky nature, so use a low speed if possible and pulse rather than blending.
Pulse until the mixture is blended into a dough and starts to clump together (~30 seconds to 1 minute). If it’s too dry or crumbly and it doesn’t stick together when pressed between two fingers, add more pitted dates (just ensure your dates are sticky and fresh, or it will only further dry out the mixture.) If still dry and crumbly, you could add a bit of cashew butter to help them form (optional).
Scoop out 1 ½ Tbsp amounts (we love this scoop) and roll into balls. As the original recipe is written, ~9 balls.
Enjoy immediately or store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week, or in the freezer up to 1 month. We prefer these right out of the fridge for best flavor and texture!
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
Serving: 1 energy bite Calories: 105 Carbohydrates: 18.8 g Protein: 1.3 g Fat: 3.8 g Saturated Fat: 1.7 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.41 g Monounsaturated Fat: 1.43 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 67 mg Potassium: 195 mg Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 15.2 g Vitamin A: 33.11 IU Vitamin C: 0.03 mg Calcium: 17.21 mg Iron: 0.58 mg