These no-bake chocolate coconut energy bites are quick and easy to make with just 4 simple ingredients in less than 10 minutes. Snack or dessert these are perfect anytime for a sweet treat!

If you love making no-bake energy balls, these Chocolate Energy Balls and Peanut Chocolate Chip Energy Balls are both delicious too!

Vegan no-bake chocolate cashew coconut balls in a glass dish sitting on a cooling rack.

These vegan energy bites work well for a snack, dessert or yummy addition to a healthy, balanced breakfast.

The wonderful thing about these little treats is you can serve them to your friends and family and they’ll never guess that they’re made with just a few wholesome ingredients.

Skip the store-bought treats and satisfy that craving with these tasty whole food bites.

Recipe Highlights

  • Vegan and gluten-free recipe.
  • Just 4 ingredients.
  • Quick and easy 10 minute recipe.
  • Make in a food processor.
  • Freezer-friendly.
  • No added sugar.
  • No added oil.
  • Perfect for snacking on-the-go or a healthier dessert.

Ingredient Notes

  • Cashews: Use raw cashews without oil or salt added. You can substitute almonds or walnuts.
  • Coconut: Use medium or fine unsweetened shredded coconut (desiccated coconut).
  • Dates: You’ll need 1 cup tightly packed which comes out to 250 grams. You can use medjool dates, deglect noor or sayer dates just to make sure they’re soft and fresh. If you only have dry dates, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes then drain before using.
  • Cocoa Powder: You can use raw cacao powder or regular cocoa powder.

This list is not complete. Please see the recipe card at the end of the post for the complete ingredient list with measurements and detailed instructions.

Blended mixture for no-bake chocolate cashew coconut balls.

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Vegan no-bake chocolate cashew coconut balls in a glass dish sitting on a cooling rack.

Chocolate Cashew Coconut Balls

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 14
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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You’ve got to try these delicious and decadent yet wholesome and nutritious little balls of energy! Stash these in the freezer so you’ve got a tasty treat on hand to satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthier option.


  • ½ cup raw cashews, almonds or walnuts
  • 1 tightly packed cup, soft pitted dates
  • 1/2 unsweetened fine coconut
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, or more to taste (optional)
  • coconut or cacao powder for rolling (optional)


  1. Place the nuts in a food processor and processor into a coarse, chunky texture.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until it forms a thick dough.
  3. Roll into 14 balls.
  4. Option to roll each ball in coconut, cacao or both.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or freezer for up to 3 months.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 91
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Fat: 4 g
  • Carbohydrates: 14 g
  • Fiber: 2.4 g
  • Protein: 2 g

This recipe was originally published December 24, 2013.