I’ve been teasing you all with this recipe for far too long. I know you’ve been dying to know how I make these healthy, no-bake cookies that Grace is always raving about in my InstaStories! It’s finally here. These energy bites are the easiest to make and only take 10 minutes of prep and about 30 minutes of freeze time (although Grace usually eats them as soon as I roll them haha). Keep reading for an simple yet delicious recipe that’s perfect for the holidays, and that your kids and family will love.

Healthy, No Bake Date Energy Bites

These are called cookies, because that’s what Grace named them, but they aren’t cookies at all! They’re more like protein energy bites. The dates and almonds (plus almond butter) makes them super filling! These are also packed full of good fats from coconut oil, chia seeds, and hemp seeds!

Like I said, this dish is perfect for holiday events or big gatherings because you don’t have to bake them. They’re also wonderful frozen, refrigerated, or slightly thawed so the transport time isn’t an issue.


  • 1.5 cups of organic medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1-1.5 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds


  1. Take your 1/2 cup of almonds and grind them to a super fine texture in a food processor or Vitamix. (Don’t grind them too fine though, or you’ll have almond flour.)
  2. Take the pits our of your dates and add them + the rest of the ingredients into the food processor or Vitamix and use tamper to help it mix. (Start with only 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and see how the recipe goes. It may need more moisture, so in that case add a bit more at a time.)
  3. Make sure mixture is well-mixed, and check to ensure all dates are ground up well into a dough. You’ll know if you need more coconut oil because the mixture will be dry. Take a look at the picture above of the dough in the Vitamix. It should look like that — fluffy and not runny at all, as you want to be sure you can roll the dough into balls to freeze!
  4. Next, take about 1 tablespoon of dough and roll it into a ball. Continue until you’ve used up all the dough, then pop them in the freezer! This recipe makes about 10-12 small bites. They freeze super well, and are also delicious if just refrigerated. It’s all up to your preference!
  5. Share and enjoy!

This truly is one of our go-to recipes and they’re super packed full of protein! I’d love for you to try this out, and if you do, use the hashtag #LivinginColorEats so I can see your beautiful food photography + see your review!

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  1. We have made these and LOVED them numerous times. Most times we make them as a dessert. Would you mind if I shared this recipe (linking back to you of course!)

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