(Almost) Paleo Energy Bites

Easy 6-ingredients (almost) paleo energy bites made with dates, banana, peanut butter, coconut flour and desiccated coconut. Ready in 20 minutes! You can use another nut butter to make them 100% paleo. They are vegan, too.

A pile of paleo energy bites in a plate with one bite bitten at the top

I think we can all agree that this title can a be a little bit confusing, right? Almost paleo energy bites?! What is that?!

Here’s the thing. Every ingredient in these energy balls makes them paleo, except one. Peanut butter. Because, sadly, modern cavemen and women don’t eat PB (poor them).

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But other than that, they’re grain-free + gluten-free + dairy-free + sugar-free and overall just healthy and good for you!

If you follow a strict paleo diet, you can easily replace the peanut butter with another nut butter like almond butter – here’s the recipe -, cashew butter or sunflower seed butter if you can’t have nuts.

But if you’re just looking for a healthy snack then by all means, stick with peanut butter! The combo banana + peanut butter + dates is SO delicious!

Bitten paleo energy bite surrounded bit other energy bites

Enough with the paleo/non paleo talk now – let me show you how to make these easy snacks!

How to make (almost) paleo energy bites – Step by step

To make these bites, all you need is a food processor (this is the one I use and LOVE)

Start by pulsing the pitted dates a few seconds to break them down (step 1)

Then add the banana cut into big pieces (step 2)

Pulse just a couple of times – they won’t be fully combined, it’s fine (step 3)

Step by step photos to make paleo energy bites in the food processor

Add the coconut flour and again, pulse just a couple of times (step 4)

Add the peanut butter (or any nut butter you’re using) (step 5)

Pulse a few times until well combined and there are no dates’ chunks left (step 6). 

Do not over-process though! Your batter might become too runny, especially if you’re using very “moist” dates and a ripe banana.

Step by step pictures showing how to roll energy bites

This is how it should look like when you start pressing some of the mixture and form it into a ball (step 7)

Form balls with the mixture and roll them into shredded coconut (step 8)

Et voila, you’re done!

A pile of paleo energy bites on a plate

If you’ve scrolled down straight to the bottom, here’s a quick recap for you 😉

Tips to make the best paleo energy bites:

  • To make these paleo energy bites 100% paleo, use another nut butter like almond butter or a seed butter like sunflower seed butter.
  • If the shredded coconut doesn’t stick to the balls, dip them very quickly in a glass of water before rolling them in coconut.
  • Be sure to follow the steps and don’t overmix the mixture, especially if you’re using very fresh and “moist” Medjool dates.
  • Store them in the fridge so they last longer – but they’re also perfect for school or work snacks!

Enjoy! 🙂

A pile of paleo energy bites on a white and pink plate, on a grey background

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A pile of paleo energy bites in a plate with one bite bitten at the top
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(Almost) Paleo Energy Bites

Easy 6-ingredients (almost) paleo energy bites made with dates, banana, peanut butter, coconut flour and desiccated coconut.Ready in 20 minutes! You can use another nut butter to make them 100% paleo. They are vegan, too.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword #healthysnack, #kidsnack, #paleosnack, #snackrecipe, #vegansnack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 25 bites
Calories 88 kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 Medjool dates pitted
  • 1 banana not too ripe
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup natural peanut butter or your favorite nut butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract optional
  • 3/4 cup fine desiccated coconut

Instructions

  1. Place dates in the bowl of your food processor and process just until they turn into small chunks (not paste).

  2. Add banana and pulse just once or twice to combine.  

  3. Add coconut flour and pulse just once or twice to combine.

  4. Add peanut butter and vanilla and pulse again. The key here is to avoid processing too much. You want to avoid the mixture to be runny. Finish combining with your hands if necessary.

  5. Form balls the size of one tablespoon. You should get around 25. Roll them into desiccated coconut. 

  6. Store in the fridge and consume within 5 days (if they last this long!)

Recipe Notes

  • To make these paleo energy bites 100% paleo, use another nut butter like almond butter or a seed butter like sunflower seed butter.
  • If the shredded coconut doesn't stick to the balls, dip them very quickly in a glass of water before rolling them in coconut.
  • Be sure to follow the steps and don't overmix the mixture, especially if you're using very fresh and "moist" Medjool dates.
  • Store them in the fridge so they last longer – but they're also perfect for school or work snacks!
Nutrition Facts
(Almost) Paleo Energy Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 energy bite)
Calories 88 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 29mg 1%
Potassium 131mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 1.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This post was originally published on March 6, 2014 and republished in September 2018 with an updated recipe, new photos and more tips.

Fancy more snack ideas? I made you a list of 50+ clean eating snack ideas that you can download just below. Print it, keep it on your phone and snack your heart away! Enjoy, friend!

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22 Comments
  1. You could totes suggest using almond butter and making your own coconut flour using shredded coconuts for a completely pale treat! Sounds great. 😀

  2. Haha “carb bombs”

    This is exactly what I need to stock up on for my early morning workouts. Thanks for sharing! I’m going to make a bunch of these little guys and toss them in my freezer tonight!

    1. I’m glad to help a fellow caveman 😉 good luck for your early morning workouts! I love going to the gym and exercice but certainly not in the morning haha

    1. Thanks Ashlea! Good job resisting the temptation of the GS cookies! 😉 I’m glad to know they work well with almond butter too.

  3. Ohhhh man, these turned out delicious! I whipped up a batch this morning and they’re half gone!
    I made a few subs due to what I had on hand, but I am so glad I tried these out today. I’ll be putting them into my rotation for packed lunches starting this week. Can’t wait to experiment with more combos using this recipe as a base

    P.S. I subbed almond extract because I was out of vanilla and my kitchen smells like Christmas cookies! And these taste like cookie dough. SO GOOD. Thanks!!!

  4. My family loves these little bites — but the problem is, they never stop at one or two — one batch might last one evening — and there’s only three of us… Ah well… love the peanut butter and banana combo here.

  5. Not only does this recipe sound amazing, they turn out so pretty too! We have been on a big energy bite kick in my house lately. Definitely going to make these! thank you for this wonderful recipe!

  6. I have all the ingredients to make these today(Love my desiccated coconut) and my son and husband will definitely love these. Great prep photos, too. Thanks for a great recipe that’s going to show up in my kitchen this week! I’m thinking of adding some pumpkin pie spice to it.

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