Energy Bites – Easy & Paleo

Energy Bites made with nuts & dates #Paleo |

Need a tasty little treat that’s gluten-free, dairy-free and free of refined sugar? Try my Energy Bites made with nuts, coconut & dates!

You’ll probably have these simple ingredients on-hand in your REAL FOOD kitchen. Here’s a quick list and also some suggestions on equipment.

Gather These Ingredients to Make Energy Bites

Dried dates, organic preferred. (I used organic Medjool dates.)
Pecans, almonds, cashews or macadamia nuts … or a combo of any of those. (I used almonds, soaked & dehydrated as explained HERE.)
Shredded coconut, unsweetened. (I used this brand, purchased by the case. It’s also handy for making coconut milk as shown HERE.)
Coconut oil, organic preferred

Basic Kitchen Equipment Needed

The ingredients come together quickly in my little food processor and then I form the Energy Bites in my hard-working silicon mold (just like this one).

Energy Bites

Yield: 12 small Energy Bites


  • 6 dried dates, pitted
  • 3/4 cup nuts
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut, plus another 2 tablespoons set aside
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted but not hot
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg (can substitute mace)


  1. Place all ingredients (except for the 2 additional tablespoons of shredded coconut) in a small food processor and mix until well-incorporated. The mixture will start to bind together quickly. Avoid over-processing so as not to make a paste.
  2. Remove mixture from processor, divide and press gently into silicon mold or roll into balls.
  3. Place silicon mold in freezer for 10 minutes or refrigerator for 1 hour.
  4. Remove Energy Bites from the mold and carefully roll in the reserved shredded coconut.
  5. Store in the refrigerator to maintain texture.
  6. Enjoy!

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15 Responses to Energy Bites – Easy & Paleo

  1. Erin March 8, 2014 at 4:06 am #

    Wow! Great recipe, I also read up on your article about soaking nuts before use, I never knew that! I have yet to attempt to make my own almond milk. (I’ll get there though) Thanks for the lesson and great snack idea!

    • Real Food Carolyn March 8, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

      Welcome, Erin! Hope you enjoy the Energy Bites. 🙂
      You have a great attitude with real food! Baby steps, right?

  2. Sandi Gaertner (@sandigtweets) March 8, 2014 at 6:24 pm #

    Hi Carolyn. Thanks for posting these on Raia’s site. I can’t wait to make them. I love anything gluten free with coconut and these would be perfect in my kids school lunch boxes. Have a great weekend!

    • Real Food Carolyn March 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm #

      Thanks so much, Sandi! 🙂
      Hope you enjoy the Energy Bites!

  3. Raia March 8, 2014 at 7:25 pm #

    Yum! These look like the perfect afternoon snack for my kids. Thanks for sharing this at Savoring Saturdays!

    • Real Food Carolyn March 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm #

      Thanks, Raia! Enjoy. 🙂

  4. Sandra March 9, 2014 at 2:51 am #

    These look FUN and yummy! Ken will LOVE these! And such great pictures! Thanks!

    • Real Food Carolyn March 9, 2014 at 11:45 am #

      Thanks, Sandra! 😉

  5. Janet April 21, 2014 at 10:02 pm #

    Do you buy the Great Lakes, collagen hydrolysate unflavored gelatin?

    • Real Food Carolyn April 21, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

      Yes! 🙂

  6. Carol L April 16, 2017 at 9:44 pm #

    Hello. I got this awhile ago, and finally decided to make these. I had a heck of a time finding the website again, as I usually put the link at the bottom of my recipe, but didn’t with these. These are great! I actually doubled the recipe and then divided it into 4ths and rolled them in coconut, cocoa powder, cinnamon and dandy blend (a healthy coffee substitute.)I LOVE them! AND I like that they don’t have any oatmeal or oats in them, too. thank you for these, and I’m glad I finally found you again!

  7. Carol L April 16, 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    Oh, yeah, I used soaked hazelnuts!


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