Home > Snacks > No-Bake Energy Bites (4 Ingredients) No-Bake Energy Bites (4 Ingredients) October 19, 2018 | 3 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. These No-Bake Energy Bites are easy to make — only four ingredients and less than 15 minutes prep time, plus no oven or microwave needed! These bites are made to taste like indulgent edible cookie dough but instead of sugar and butter, we’re using nutritious ingredients. Try some of our variations on this recipe next time — these Oatmeal Energy Balls, Chocolate Energy Bites, or Chocolate Protein Balls. No-Bake Energy Bites I’m a huge proponent of having nutritious snacks around the house, and especially snacks that taste indulgent like a dessert! These simple and healthful No-Bake Energy bites are just the thing — they take mere minutes to whip together and they’re packed with protein and healthy fats (which will keep you fuller for longer). Additionally, these bites of goodness are naturally sweetened with dates. They’re soft, chewy, and speckled with chocolate chips throughout. Ingredients Since there are only four ingredients in these bundles of tastiness, the ingredients you use really matter to the overall flavor of these bites. Cashews. For extra flavor (without any extra effort on your end) I recommend roasted and salted cashews in these balls. See the “quick tip” box below. Dates. For the dates, I like to use Deglet Noor made by Sunsweet® — these can be found near other dried fruits, trail mixes, and nuts in the store. We rely on dates for sweetness and as the “glue” to hold these bites together. If you’ve got some leftover dates, use them in these Granola Bars or Gluten-free Zucchini Muffins! Vanilla extract. The vanilla is what gives these bites a stronger cookie dough flavor. We prefer a strong vanilla flavor, but if you’d like it to be more subtle, add the vanilla slowly and gradually increase to suit your preferences. I recommend real, pure vanilla extract and not fake imitation vanilla — here’s the difference. Miniature chocolate chips. If you want to keep these No-Bake Energy Bites as nutritious as possible, use dark chocolate miniature chocolate chips. (Dark chocolate has antioxidants and other healthful properties.) QUICK TIP If you only have raw cashews, you can quickly toast them in the oven. Add the cashews to a lined sheet pan and bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees F, stirring once halfway in between. The cashews should smell fragrant, but not burned. Additionally, if you can’t find salted cashews, add a pinch of salt to the recipe. The cashews really are the “secret” to amazing flavor — if the flavor of your cashews don’t wow you, you probably won’t be as impressed with these bites. No-Bake Energy Bite Tips Make sure dates are pitted. Even in bags labeled “pitted” dates, I’ve still found pits before! Don’t risk breaking your machine– give each date a quick inspection for any potential pits left behind. Use the freshest possible dates. If the dates are old and hard, they won’t blend up properly. If you only have hard dates, soak them in hot water for 10-30 minutes. Thoroughly dry before using. You’ll need a high-powered blender or food processor. Blending this mixture takes a bit of patience even with a high-powered appliance — cashews and dates are a lot to break down! Take your time blending. Thoroughly blend the mixture to avoid unpleasant sharp chunks of cashews. Add salt. If the cashews aren’t salted, you’ll want to add a pinch (or two) of salt. You may even want an extra pinch of salt with salted cashews — the flavors should be vibrant! Let the mixture cool before adding in chocolate chips. Blending the cashews and dates to form a thick dough causes a lot of heat to be generated — it’s a lot of work for the machine! If chocolate chips are stirred into the warm dough, they will melt and the mixture will become messy. That said, if you like the idea of chocolate-y energy bites, stir the chocolate chips into the mixture as soon as it’s done being blended and they’ll melt a bit into the mixture. QUICK TIP What’s the difference between the types of dates? It’s kind of like all the varieties of apples–everyone has their favorites, and some are better suited to particular dishes, but they’re all delicious! The two main types of dates you’ll find in the grocery store are Deglet Noor and Medjool. Medjools are larger, lighter in color, and sweeter. Deglet Noor are smaller and a bit darker, and a bit chewier, too. Dates are dried fruits, just like raisins. In this recipe, we like to use Deglet Noor dates. No-Bake Energy Bite Storage We like to enjoy a few of these right as we make them. Then we’ll store some in the fridge to eat throughout the week and freeze the rest (if there are leftovers, that is!). To freeze: Space No-Bake Energy Bites on a lined plate or tray in the freezer. Once firm (about 1-2 hours), transfer to an airtight bag or freezer container. They’ll last up to 6 months in the freezer. To thaw: Simply pull one out and let it stand for about 15-30 minutes. You could also pop these nuggets in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. (When they’re completely frozen they are hard to eat, but don’t feel like you need to completely thaw them before eating — we enjoy them still a bit frozen– they’re delicious that way!) More nutritious snacks Healthy Brownies with an optional chocolate frosting topping Granola Bars with dark chocolate and pistachios Immune Boosting Smoothie with ginger and turmeric Soft-Baked Oatmeal Breakfast Bars with dark chocolate chunks Healthy Banana Muffins naturally sweetened with honey FOLLOW ALONG! Subscribe to my newsletter and follow along on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. No-Bake Energy Bites 5 from 4 votes - Review this recipe These No-Bake Energy Bites are easy to make -- only four ingredients and less than 15 minutes prep time, plus no oven or microwave needed! These bites are made to taste like indulgent edible cookie dough but instead of sugar and butter, we're using nutritious ingredients. SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe No-Bake Energy Bites 5 from 4 votes - Review this recipe SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Print Recipe These No-Bake Energy Bites are easy to make -- only four ingredients and less than 15 minutes prep time, plus no oven or microwave needed! These bites are made to taste like indulgent edible cookie dough but instead of sugar and butter, we're using nutritious ingredients. Course Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert, Snack Cuisine American, Healthy, Vegetarian Keyword no bake energy bites Prep Time 15 minutes Total Time 15 minutes Servings 10 -12 small bites Calories 164kcal Author Chelsea Lords Cost $4.69 Ingredients1 cup (133g) cashews dry roasted and salted (with sea salt) Note 17 pitted (~1/3 cup) Deglet Noor dates (I like Sunsweet brand, you can find these in any grocery store by dried fruit) Note 21 teaspoon vanilla extract1/4 cup (41g) miniature chocolate chips.Optional: tiny pinch fine sea salt InstructionsPULSE CASHEWS: Add the cashews to a very high-powered food processor or blender (you'll need a miniature blender jar; I use the "twister jar" and my Blendtec) and pulse until crumbly, but not powdered.ADD DATES: Add in all of the dates and pulse until the mixture begins to turn into a thick dough. Add in the vanilla (if desired, add the pinch of salt in here too) and pulse again until combined into a very thick and smooth mixture. (Take time to thoroughly blend to avoid unpleasant sharp chunks of cashews.) ADD CHOCOLATE CHIPS: Remove from the blender or food processor and transfer to a bowl. Allow the dough to slightly cool -- it usually heats up quite a bit from being blended. Once cooled, gently stir in the chocolate chips. FORM BALLS: Tightly kneading the mixture, roll into small bite-sized pieces -- we get about 10-12 balls from this mixture. STORAGE: Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge. Snack on them pre-or post-workout or whenever you're craving a sweet treat or snack! We like these best straight out of the fridge! To freeze: Space the No-Bake Energy Bites on a lined plate or tray in the freezer. Once firm (about 1-2 hours), transfer to an airtight bag or freezer container. They’ll last up to 6 months in the freezer. To thaw: Simply pull one out and let it stand for about 15-30 minutes. You could also pop them in the microwave for 10-15 seconds. (When they're completely frozen they are hard to eat, but don’t feel like you need to completely thaw them before eating — we enjoy them still a bit frozen– they’re delicious that way!) Recipe NotesNote 1: Cashews: I highly recommend roasted and salted cashews in these balls. If using raw cashews, the energy bites are lacking in flavor. Note 2: Dates: The dates should be soft (old and hard dates won't blend correctly). If they aren't soft, soak them in water for 30 minutes and then thoroughly dry. Nutrition FactsServing: 1serving | Calories: 164kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 2mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. 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