Grain-Free Energy Bites

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Ever since I made my very first batch of energy bites 2.5 years ago, I’ve been hooked on them. They’re so versatile and they’re incredibly easy to make. The perfect quick, healthy snack to grab in the middle of a crazy day. I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with different versions, like my White Chocolate Cranberry Energy Bites

Unfortunately, though, I haven’t been able to have energy bites since I’ve gone grain-free, because all of my recipes had oats in them. Until now, however!

I’ve been wanting to make a grain-free version for a while, and I’ve finally done it! These bites are just as delicious and satisfying as their oat-filled counterparts, and they only have 111 calories per bite! Win-win! 

I wanted to keep the overall flavor profile similar, so I stuck with creamy peanut butter as the base. I used dates as the primary sweetener and to help bind everything together. Desiccated (or shredded) unsweetened coconut adds delicious flavor and great texture. If you’re not a fan of the taste of coconut, these bites not be for you. The peanut butter and coconut flavors shine in these. Ground flaxseed is used, too, which is full of amazing health benefits, including being a great source of Omega-3s, fiber, and lignans. 


I would recommend using a food processor for this recipe, to make the dates into a thick paste. If you don’t have one, though, you can mash the dates into a paste with a fork!

I LOVE my food processor and use it for so many things! I have a Cuisinart 11 cup food processor that I’ve had for years and it still works like a boss! This one is* the newer version of mine. Eventually I want to upgrade to a larger capacity one, like the 14 cup, but for now I’m happy with the one I have. If you plan on doing a lot of homemade and from-scratch cooking and baking I would highly recommend getting a food processor. It’s in my top 3 essential kitchen appliances to have because I truly use it that often. 

If you’re not avoiding dairy, you can use whatever chocolate chips you’d like (all-natural preferably!). My son and I are both dairy-free, so I tried Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips* for the first time. They’re delish! We’ve had other products of theirs before and have been a big fan. We bought the mini version which worked great for this recipe, but regular-sized chocolate chips will work just fine too. There are other chocolate chips on the market that are dairy-free, but the chance of cross-contamination is pretty high because they’re made on shared equipment (Guittard semi-sweet chips, for example). I’m still comfortable eating them myself, and Isaac doesn’t have a reaction to them, but if you have a serious allergy I would stick to Enjoy Life or another allergy-friendly brand.

These can also be made Paleo-friendly if you use a different nut butter than peanuts, like almond, sunbutter, or cashew butter. You may need to add more coconut or flax if the nut butter is more liquidy than no-stir peanut butter though. Be aware that flaxseed has a really strong taste however (personally not my favorite, but it’s good for you and the other flavors in these bites mask it), so if you add more the taste will likely be more noticeable. 

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Grain-Free Energy Bites

Oat-and-grain free energy bites. They're healthy, dairy-free, vegan, and can easily be made Paleo-friendly. Super easy and quick to make, loaded with peanut butter and coconut goodness!

prep time: 15 minscook time: total time: 15 mins


  • 1 cup (about 8) pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter (or Paleo nut butter substitute; almond, cashew, or sun butter
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 cup desiccated (or shredded) unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp mini chocolate chips (can use regular size, can also add more)
  • 1 tbsp honey (highly recommend raw unfiltered honey)


  1. Using a food processor, (or using a fork to mash), blend the dates into a thick paste. It will probably all clump into a ball with some skin pieces left, which is totally fine.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl (or in standing mixer), put the date paste and peanut butter. Mix well on medium speed until well blended.
  3.  Add in the flaxseed and coconut and honey, and mix until well combined.
  4. Next, add in the pecans and chocolate chips and mix on low until well combined/dispersed. 
  5. Check to see if the mixture seems to hold together well; if necessary add a little more honey to help it bind together better. 
  6. Using a tablespoon (or a tablespoon-size cookie scoop), scoop out and form into uniform little balls. Place on a baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper. 
  7. Once all of the energy bites are formed, place cookie sheet in the fridge for 45 minutes or so until firm. (You can totally eat some before they firm up, though!).
  8. Store in an airtight container (or a freezer quart-size bag like I typically do) in the fridge for up to 5-7 days. 



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