Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites

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Time for a new no bake energy bites recipe!

This one’s extra-special because I made it with my lovely mama.

Remember how I talked in my last post about my parents coming up for a visit last week? Well, while Dad was making a cheesecake and helping wash 5.1 million dishes and tackling my to-do list, Mom was cooking up a bonafide storm with me in the kitchen. We made all sorts of crazy things while she was here! Nachos, blondies, salsas, coffee cakes — you know, just the normal use-every-dish-in-the-house-all-in-one-day life of a food blogger.

One of the first projects I had her tackle was rolling up some new Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites that I had just whipped up. She much prefers to turn my no bake energy bites recipes into granola bars (since she’s told me on more than one occasion that “those little balls” aren’t her favorite to roll up). But since she was in sous-chef mode, she willingly rolled each of them up and even poked a few extra chocolate chips in the outside for extra credit to please her food-styling daughter. (Don’t they look great?!?)

And then we ate them. :)

Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites | #glutenfree #vegan

Actually, I should point out that Mom’s the best cook in the family by a mile. She not only had dinner on the table for us almost every night growing up (even while running her own full-time business), but she was also constantly whipping up sweets for dessert, and homemade sack lunches for us to take to school, and casseroles to take to friends in need, and whatever other culinary need might arise. Then once my sister and I hit college, she would prepare little care packages full of chex mix and cookies and random little gifts to surprise us in the mailroom. Even today, she still usually comes to town with some sort of goodies in tow.

(Hmmm, and people ask where I got my love of cooking?)

Sadly, I was always stayed busy with various activities as a teenager and didn’t take the opportunity to learn from her in the kitchen. But now we’re making up for lost time, and really enjoy getting to cook together whenever we’re in the same city.

Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites | #glutenfree #vegan

As I mentioned in my last post, she and my dad have been really generous these past few years with offering to come up to Kansas City for “work days”, as they call them. Basically they offer to help with whatever to-do lists I have around the house, which is SUCH an amazing gift. And let me tell you, these two entrepreneurs are hard workers, so we always get an impressive amount of things done! This month, though, my main to-do lists involved cooking recipes for various freelancing deadlines and a few other projects. So, Mom promptly donned her apron (always her first order of business, which is always followed by a question about why I don’t wear an apron), and we got to work. :)

Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites | #glutenfree #vegan

Somehow I accidentally deleted the photos on my camera of all of the ingredients laid out. (Oops!)  But as you can guess from the title, the main two ingredients in this version of the no bake energy bites are delicious cashew butter and dark chocolate chips.

It was Mom’s first time trying cashew butter, which she liked. Although it was not her first time trying dark chocolate, which is kind of her favorite.

Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites | #glutenfree #vegan

I had already mixed up the basic granola batter with old-fashioned oats (use GF oats if making these gluten-free), coconut, honey, flax seed, and a splash of vanilla. Then Mom rolled them into little balls.

(And yes, if you want them to look extra cute and photogenic, just pop some chocolate chips in the side like you do for photogenic chocolate chip cookies.)

Just like the other no bake energy bites recipes on the blog, these little treats were ready to go in minutes.

Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites | #glutenfree #vegan

They are perfect for snacking, an easy breakfast on-the-go, a healthy dessert, or any ol’ time you’re craving a boost of energy. Or craving that delicious cashew/chocolate combination. YUM.

Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites | #glutenfree #vegan

And as I said, if you use GF oats, they’re naturally gluten-free. Also if you use agave instead of honey (and true milk-free dark chocolate), they’re also naturally vegan.

So energy bites for ALL!

Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites | #glutenfree #vegan

Mom is also a lettering artist (amongst her many talents), so I had her “play with her food” and create this little graphic too. ;)

Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites | #glutenfree #vegan

Big thanks for all of your help making these, Mom, and for sous-chef-ing like a champ in the kitchen! And just in general for being so awesome, and smart, and giving, and talented, and loving. And for modeling what it looks like to be woman running a business and having a cool life at the same time. I think you’re amazing, and I love you!

Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites | #glutenfree #vegan

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Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 0 About 20-25 energy bites 1x


These cashew dark chocolate energy bites are full of protein and perfect as a snack, breakfast, or healthy dessert.


  • 1 cup dry oatmeal (I used old-fashioned oats)
  • 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (or cacao nibs)
  • 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade


  1. Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
  2. Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.
  3. Makes about 20-25 balls.

Cashew Dark Chocolate Energy Bites | #glutenfree #vegan

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  1. How much protein in these, the basic one with the chocolate chips and almond Joy?

    • Hi Sheila! We’re sorry but we are unsure of the amount of protein in this recipe. We currently are not publishing nutrition facts on the site, as the nutrition calculators available are not 100% accurate, and we never want to publish anything that might be misleading. However, a lot of our readers love the My Fitness Pal nutrition calculator, so feel free to try that for an estimate. We hope that helps!

  2. These look delicious! And your mom looks so young! 
    Seems like you had a great time together :)

  3. Can you freeze these to make them last longer? I was hoping to whip up a few different energy bites in one swoop and freeze just to have on hand (they’re perfect for grab and go during nursing sessions!) but I wasn’t sure how well they would hold up. 

    • Yes, you can definitely freeze these! They’re so small, so they barely take any time to defrost (plus, we think they’re better cold anyway)! :)

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  5. Hi,
    I’m wondering if you have any idea if I could sub with peanut butter and/or use softened cashews in place of cashew butter? Also, omit the flax seeds?
    I know this will change the recipe/taste, but I would like to use what I have and not buy more ingredients.
    Thank you!

    • Hi Briana! Yes, you could definitely use peanut butter instead of cashew butter, and you could omit the flax seeds. We hope you enjoy! :)

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  7. I am LOVING all the no-bake energy bites/balls recipes on your website – thank you!  Am wondering if there is a way to sub a non-grain for the oats?  I am trying to keep mine low-carb and grain-free.  You think a nut flour might work?  Or even chopped cashews?  I don’t mind reducing the agave either so that there is less liquid in the mixture …. please help with any suggestions you might have.  Thank you in advance!

    • We’re so glad to hear that, Faye! And that’s a good question, hmmm…we haven’t experimented with using nut flour in these, but there are definitely recipes out there (this one uses nuts and a combination of seeds): You could do a combination of the two recipes perhaps? We hope this helps!

  8. Hi! This recipe looks great. I’m wondering if there are any substitutes for honey/agave? I’m vegan and can’t have agave – maybe use some coconut oil?

    • Hi Julie! Honey isn’t vegan but Agave nectar is. So is maple syrup so you could use either of those ingredients in these. We hope you enjoy!

  9. for the person that asked about calories or nutrition. These “energy balls” will give you energy. Yet if you are trying to lose weight or eat healthy , these are not the way to go. Look up the sugar and fat content of chocolate chips, coconut, oatmeal, cashew BUTTER … if you eat these as a treat , thats just what it is. a treat 

    • Julie

      Many Sugar companies use none chat but with Agave it should be Vegan. Are you worried about the clarity of the Agave product? Are you worried about some of the data on Agave??

  10. When my son asked if we could make chocolate chip cookies today I hesitated and decided to look for a healthier version. So glad I found this post!! My kids loved help making these! We used peanut butter since that’s what we had on hand. Also because kids were the cooks we rolled first (I did have to add extra pb to make them stick but after that they rolled out fine), ate a bunch, and then refrigerated the rest, and I will be secretly freezing a majority of those shortly! Loved them!! Thanks so much :)

    • Thank you for sharing with us, Marcie! We’re so happy you and your kiddos enjoyed them! :)

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  12. These were amazing! p.s. your mom looks like your sister:)