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two energy bites on parchment aper

No Bake Energy Bites with Cocoa & Hemp Seeds

  • Author: Jennifer McDaniel
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 15 bites 1x


The Basic 3

The basic recipe for any of our no bake energy bites include these 3 ingredients: ½ cup chopped dates, ½ cup peanut butter, and ¼ cup rolled oats.

To make the bites, you mix the ingredients, roll into balls, and that is it – no cooking necessary. Dates are so sweet, so we call them nature’s candy, and they are super sticky, so they act like glue holding the energy bites together.


  • 1/2 c. peanut – or other nut butter
  • 1/2 c. finely chopped pitted dates, about 6 or 8 dates
    • Easiest way to finely chop is to pulse in a food processor
  • 1/4 c. old fashioned rolled oats (can toast for nuttier flavor)
  • 2 T. hemp seeds
  • 2 T. protein powder (vanilla or chocolate)
  • 2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ T. coconut oil


  1. In a bowl, stir together all ingredients until well-mixed.
  2. Using a mini ice cream scoop or small spoon, scoop out spoonfuls of the mixture and roll into balls using your palms
  3. Refrigerate bites that don’t get eaten!


Optional Additions

  • In this recipe, I upped the protein power with some powder, added a touch of chocolate and coconut flavor through unsweetened cocoa powder and coconut oil. I actually will use this recipe to use up leftover ingredients in my pantry.  For example, I’ve added:
  • Dried fruits: apricots, cherries, apples
  • Seeds: pumpkin, flax, chip
  • Grains: graham crackers, oatmeal cookies, granola
  • Anything can go as long as you get a consistency that you can easily form into a ball. It helps to stick them in the fridge for a few minutes before you enjoy.

We used peanut butter in the recipe, but for anyone with a  nut allergy, you can use sunflower seed butter.

Instant rolled oats work best in this recipe since the oats aren’t cooked.

Store in the fridge and they will keep for a week!

  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: no bake energy bites