No-Bake Cashew Energy Bites

by / ⠀Desserts Party foods Recipes Snack Ideas / February 4, 2014

When a dear friend of mine invited me to dinner at her place recently, I knew I didn’t want to arrive empty-handed. But there was one little issue: her dietary restrictions. No gluten, corn, dairy, orange and tomato. Challenge accepted.

I rummaged through my pantry and grabbed just three ingredients: cashews, dates and extra virgin olive oil. After blending all of them through a food processor into a buttery mixture,  I found other pantry ingredients to amp up the flavor. You can enjoy these bites just as they are or add your own spin!

Serves: 4-6

Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 2-3 tablespoons coconut jam (optional)
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut

Directions:

1. In a food processor, blend cashews until creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Add dates, oil and vanila extract (if using), and pulse into well-combined, about 1-2 minutes. 

2. Turn out the mixture onto a sheet of parchment paper. Press into desired form and flatness. (I press this into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle.) Cut into 1-inch squares. (See below.)

3. If using coconut jam, add a small smear (about 1/8 teaspoon) onto each cashew-date square. Add shredded coconut to a small plate. Press both sides of the squares into the coconut to coat. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour prior to serving. (See below.)

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  • Reply
    Lois
    February 13, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Anything else besides dates I could use? Coconut Jam uses brown sugar… anything I can use that doesn’t use refined sugar?

    • Reply
      meamy
      February 13, 2014 at 2:34 am

      you can use raw honey and its healthier

      • Reply
        Amanda Natividad
        February 13, 2014 at 6:15 am

        Good idea, meamy! You can definitely use raw honey. You could also try a fruit puree for a different flavor.

        -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

  • Reply
    Rachael
    February 13, 2014 at 12:18 am

    what is the calorie count on this recipe?

    • Reply
      Amanda Natividad
      February 13, 2014 at 6:16 am

      Thanks for your comment, Rachael! Since everyone makes recipes a little bit differently – and you might find yourself using slightly different ingredients – I’d recommend adding the ingredients and their quantities to a nutrition calculator like on MyFitnessPal.

      -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

  • Reply
    Lorie Neighbors
    February 15, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    I don’t have a food processor…could I use my Vita Mix?

    • Reply
      Debbie
      February 19, 2014 at 5:54 pm

      I’m sure the Vita Mix would work fine…just pulse it .

      • Reply
        Amanda Natividad
        February 21, 2014 at 7:56 pm

        Yup, we definitely agree. That should work just fine! Thanks for your comments, Debbie and Lorie! 🙂

  • Reply
    Debbie
    February 19, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I’ve never even HEARD of Coconut Jam (where do you purchase this?) but I’d try Apricot preserves…

    • Reply
      Amanda Natividad
      February 21, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      Apricot preserves sounds good, Debbie! You should be able to find coconut jam at your local gourmet grocer. Hope that helps!

      -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

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    Jennifer @ The 52 New Foods Challenge
    February 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Yum and easy for my kiddos to make! Do you think it would work with sunflower seeds instead of cashews? Our school is nut-free, but something like these bars would be awesome in the lunchbox.

    • Reply
      Amanda Natividad
      February 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm

      Hi, Jennifer! Sunflower seeds might work but you may have to double the amount to make sure the recipe makes enough. Let us know how it goes! 🙂

      -Amanda, NatureBox Editor

  • Reply
    Donna
    March 8, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Made these this morning with coconut oil. I also added coconut into the mix and rolled into balls. They are fantastic!

    • Reply
      Amanda Natividad
      March 8, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Awesome! That sounds amazing, Donna! 🙂

  • Reply
    kaberi
    November 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Going to try making these with Nature Box Coconut Cashews. Sounds good!

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