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5-Ingredient Raw Energy Bites 5 Ways (Vegan+GF)

Have you ever wished cookie dough could be healthy? Well you're in luck because that's exactly what these energy bites taste like and they're so simple to make.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 20 (2 teaspoon-sized) bites

Ingredients

Base Recipe:

  • 1 cup shelled nuts raw (or toasted if you want)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 cups rolled oats be sure they are gluten free if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt optional
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract optional

White Chocolate Almond:

  • 1 cup shelled almonds raw (or toasted if you want)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 cups rolled oats be sure they are gluten free if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt optional
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract optional
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract optional
  • 1/3 mini white chocolate chips or finely chopped white chocolate check brands to make sure that it fits your dietary restrictions if necessary[optional]

Coconut Cashew Lemon:

  • 1 cup shelled cashews raw (or toasted if you want)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 cups rolled oats be sure they are gluten free if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or honey
  • Zest from 1 lemon and 1 teaspoon of juice
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes plus more for coating
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure coconut extract optional
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt optional
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract optional

Walnut Fudge Brownie:

  • 1 cup shelled walnuts raw (or toasted if you want)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 cups rolled oats be sure they are gluten free if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt optional
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract optional
  • 1/3 mini chocolate chips or finely chopped dark chocolate check brands to make sure that it fits your dietary restrictions if necessary[optional]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip:

  • 1 cup shelled peanuts raw (or toasted if you want)
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 cups rolled oats be sure they are gluten free if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt optional
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract optional
  • 1/3 mini chocolate chips or finely chopped dark chocolate check brands to make sure that it fits your dietary restrictions if necessary[optional]

Maple Pecan:

  • 1 cup shelled pecans raw (or toasted if you want), plus more for topping each ball if desired
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 cups rolled oats be sure they are gluten free if necessary
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt optional
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract optional
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple extract

Instructions

  1. Combine the nuts and oats in a food processor or blender (a small one works best) and pulse together until finely ground. Add the remaining ingredients, except chocolate chips for the flavors that add them, and pulse again until as smooth as you'd like. (I left mine a bit gritty for texture but if you'd rather, you should probably be able to get it completely pureed.) For the recipes using it, pour in chocolate chips/or chunks and pulse just to combine.
  2. Roll the mixture into small bite-size balls (about 2 teaspoons each). If you're mixture seems a bit sticky or too soft, place it in the fridge to chill for about 30 minutes and it should be easier.
  3. For the coconut ones, roll in extra coconut shreds and for the maple pecan top with some extra whole pecans. That's it, enjoy these on-the-go or as a quick snack whenever you need an energy boost or you have a late night craving! Store in an air-tight container at room temp for up to 1 week or in the fridge for as long as 2 or 3 weeks (though they'd probably last even longer).