These no-bake chocolate coffee energy bites are easy to make in minutes with just 4 simple ingredients. 

Close up of a chocolate chip energy ball on a cutting board. More balls in background.

If you love coffee and chocolate, you will love these sweet, little treats! They’re perfect for snacking on-the-go, before a workout or for a healthier dessert option.

Features

  • Quick and easy recipe: you’ll need just 4 ingredients and 10 minutes to make them.
  • Dietary features: vegan, gluten-free, no added sugar and oil-free.
  • Travel well: Take them hiking, camping, road tripping or pack them up for lunch.

Ingredient Notes

Cashews, chocolate chips, dates and coffee beans in bowls. Each is labelled with text overlay.

Complete list of ingredients with amounts and full instructions is located in the recipe card below. This section covers ingredient and substitution considerations.

  • Dark chocolate – use any dark chocolate or dairy-free chocolate chips.
  • Dates – any variety works as long as they’re soft and moist, if your dates are overly dry, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes then drain well before using in the recipe.
  • Cashews – use plain, raw cashews with no added oil or salt. You can substitute almonds, walnuts or pecans.
  • Coffee beans – the recipe calls for whole coffee beans but you can use ground coffee if that’s all you have – be sure to use decaf beans if you’re sensitive to caffeine or want to enjoy these later in the day!

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Place the cashews and coffee beans in a food processor and break down into a coarse, grainy flour. It’s ok if there are some large bits left behind.

Raw cashews and coffee beans blended together in a food processor.

Step 2. Add the dates and mix into a thick, sticky dough. You should easily be able to pinch the mixture between your fingers.

Step 3. Add the chocolate chips or dark chocolate and pulse a few times to mix them throughout

Quick Tip: If the dough seems too crumbly, add 1 tsp of warm water and process again. That should do the trick but if not, repeat as needed until you have a rollable dough.

Crumbly, sticky energy ball dough in a food processor.

Use your hands to roll the dough into balls. Enjoy for a sweet treat!

Small cup filled with chocolate energy balls sitting on a cutting board.

FAQs

Do I have to cashews?

Nope. Feel free to substitute almonds, pecans, walnuts or any mixture of those.

Can I make these sugar-free?

You can make them with no added sugar by using sugar-free chocolate chips like Lily’s or using cacao nibs.

Storing

  • Fridge: In a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
  • Freezer: In a sealed container or freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. They don’t freeze solid so can be enjoyed straight from the freezer.
  • Room Temperature: If taking to-go, they’re okay up to a few days (or longer if kept cool). If it’s warm, they’ll get soft so try to keep somewhat cool.

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Close up of a chocolate chip energy ball on a cutting board. More balls in background.

No-Bake Chocolate Coffee Energy Bites

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

You only need four wholesome ingredients to make these healthy, no-bake chocolate coffee energy bites! 


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Place the cashews and coffee beans in a food processor and break down into a coarse, grainy flour. A few larger bites left behind are ok but it should be fairly fine overall.
  2. Add the dates and process into a thick, sticky dough. You should easily be able to pinch the mixture between your fingers. If it’s too crumbly (this can happen if your dates were too dry), add 1 tsp warm water and process again. Check to see if you can squeeze the dough together, if not, repeat 1-2 times as needed. 
  3. Add the chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate and pulse a few times to mix throughout.
  4. Use your hands to roll the dough into 12 balls.

Notes

Be sure to use decaf beans if you’re sensitive to caffeine or plan to consume these later in the day.

The dough can also be pressed into a parchment paper-lined pan and then cut into energy bars if you prefer.

Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months. Okay at room temperature for 1-2 days if taking to-go, longer if kept cool.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 148 calories
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Protein: 3 g

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