These No Bake Brownie Energy Bites are made with only 5 ingredients, vegan and gluten-free and are a perfect quick healthy breakfast or snack!

These No Bake Brownie Energy Bites are made with only 5 ingredients, vegan and gluten-free and are a perfect quick healthy breakfast or snack!

Things I love about summer: flip flops, grilling, summer fruits, and no bake treats. No bake treats made with 5 main ingredients, in 10 minutes, that will add no extra heat to your already hot summer home AND that taste like brownies! Sounds pretty perfect right? Case in point: these No Bake Brownie Energy Bites also known as bliss balls. P.S. I’ve already made these three times and it’s not even summer.

These No Bake Brownie Energy Bites are made with only 5 ingredients, vegan and gluten-free and are a perfect quick healthy breakfast or snack!

Let’s back up a bit: I am really, really bad at making breakfast on time: true story! It’s not that I try and skip it, but I seem to find a ton of excuses early in the morning. Extra sleep, fantasising about loaded waffles, promising myself I will have a protein smoothie. When I make make-ahead treats however like these brownies bites, pumpkin pie overnight oatsbanana oat breakfast cookies  or oat waffles, I am totally on top of my on-time breakfast time.

I’ve been making these bites consistently for a year now. It’s safe to say that not only do they always prove to be easy and convenient, but they taste absolutely amazing, like little chewy and fudgy brownie bites.  You won’t even realise they’re made with total whole food ingredients and filled with tons of energy. The main sweetener here are dates, which are naturally sweet, chewy and loaded with tons of nutrients, vitamins and minerals such as fibre, vitamin A and vitamin K.

 These No Bake Brownie Energy Bites are made with only 5 ingredients, vegan and gluten-free and are a perfect quick healthy breakfast or snack!
I made these recently again in my healthy plane travel snacks post and for my last trip to Salt Lake City and they really helped not only to keep hunger at bay, but also to help stave off the sweet sugary treats in the airport. I randomly added in some coconut then and knew I had to add them permanently to the ingredient list for these babies. Truthfully, when is coconut not the perfect addition? They not only added another layer of flavour, but make the outer layer of these brownies even cuter and pretty heavenly-looking.

Win, win.

These No Bake Brownie Energy Bites are made with only 5 ingredients, vegan and gluten-free and are a perfect quick healthy breakfast or snack!

In synopsis, these bites are:



Cute and

Put them on your to make list for this summer. Put them in a coconut (I am convinced they taste better that way) and eat as much as you like. I promise, you won’t be able to stop at just one.

These No Bake Brownie Energy Bites are made with only 5 ingredients, vegan and gluten-free and are a perfect quick healthy breakfast or snack!



These No Bake Brownie Energy Bites are made with only 5 ingredients, vegan and gluten-free and are a perfect quick healthy breakfast or snack!

No Bake Brownie Energy Bites

No Bake Brownie Energy Bites

Prep Time:
Serves: 16-20 bites
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 cup dates (Medjool), chopped
  • 1/3 cup + 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut flakes
  • pinch salt
  • Grind the walnuts and almonds in a food processor, until a dough starts to form. Add the dates, cocoa powder, ¼ cup shredded coconut flakes and salt and process until incorporated and the mixture begins to turn into a dough.
  • Roll the mixture into round balls using the help of saran wrap (wrap it around the bites to form a circle), until all the mixture is finished.
  • Roll the balls in the last ¼ cup shredded coconut flakes.
  • Place in the fridge for at least an hour, then enjoy!

This recipe is raw, gluten free and vegan. If you’re using regular dates, you may need to soak them a bit since they’re drier than Medjool dates.

You can store these brownie bites in the fridge in a zipped or air tight tupperware container for at least 3 weeks if the dates are fresh.


If you try these No Bake Brownie Energy Bites please let me know in the comment section below, or tag me on instagram with the hashtag #jessicainthekitchen! For more exclusive recipes follow me on Instagram AND on Snapchat: jessinkitchen.

by Jessica

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  1. These are the kind of snacks I am loving at the moment. So much cheaper than buying the store bought ones too.

  2. I have all these ingredients on hand and my kids would LOVE these. Might have to make these today!

  3. Girl, these look a-mah-zing!!!! I love that you served them in a coconut. It looks very summery and tropical!

  4. Oh how I just love little bites like this!! And with chocolate?? Even better! Love these photos too – gorgeous!!

  5. No-bake treats are one of my most loved things about summer, too! I’m loving this brownie version, Jessica! I think I would have a hard time not eating this all…looks SO good!

  6. Jessica, as always, I am floored by your beautiful photos. These must be the most gorgeous no bake bites I’ve ever seen. I can see why they’re also called bliss bites. 🙂 I’m feeling pretty blissful looking at these right now! Oh, Jess, I am so there with you on all of that breakfast business. But I would definitely be doing breakfast like, only a million times better if I had these! And oh YES on adding coconut. What are no bake bites, really, without coconut? I always love how naturally sweet that ingredient is. Now all I have to do is find a coconut that someone has opened for me to place these into… 😉 Have a great weekend, J! Pinning!

  7. Maria says:

    I made these this weekend and they were delicious!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Maria,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them!! Thanks SO much for letting me know! 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Maria,

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for your feedback!

  8. Curbie the Cook says:

    these are DELISH, but I couldn’t get the coconut to stick to the outside, what is the trick?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Curbie the Cook,

      I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed them! There’s no trick actually – my bites were a bit sticky freshly made, and I just rolled them in the coconut. Just ensure the bites are room temperature and it should stick!

  9. Miriam says:

    Why do you use both almonds and walnuts? I use just walnuts in my recipe.

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Miriam! I like the different oils that both of the nuts provide, their nutrition and their different flavours!

  10. Michelle says:

    These are easy to make, I had all the ingredients in my house and everyone loves them!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Michelle, so glad to hear that and so happy everyone loved them! Thanks for the feedback!

  11. Roxanne says:

    I made these energy balls and add just a teaspoon of raw honey and two drops of almond extract. So delicious!

  12. Rolling Sky says:

    The brownies look so good, thanks for sharing the recipe, I will try to make it at the weekend.

  13. Deborah Bourgeois says:

    How many weight watcher points are they? thanks Deb.

  14. Chris Mathieu says:

    I tried making these and the mixture is really dry, when I roll into balls they crumble. Any suggestions?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Chris,

      That hasn’t happened to me before, but it might be because your dates may be a bit dry, which can happen sometimes if you use regular dates vs Medjool dates. You can try setting the mixture in the fridge for a bit, about 15 minutes, then try rolling again. You could also add a little bit of coconut oil, like one or two teaspoons, blend the mix again, and try again. I hope that helps!

  15. Ah! I’m in love with these yummy bites! 😍 I couldn’t find any unsweetened coconut so I added 1/4 cup of old fashioned oats and they were still awesome. I know I’ll make these again and again.

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Michelle,

      I am so happy to hear that! Oats was a great sub idea! Thanks so much for your feedback! 🙂

  16. Stephanie VanTasel says:

    Made these without the coconut and they are delish! Thank you!

  17. Pea says:

    I just made these as a birthday treat for a Vegan friend and they’re so good I’ve almost eaten the entire batch! Will be making these again and often!

  18. Deepa says:

    HI JEssica

    I loved this recipe will def try This and am sure my kids will love it too.. just wanted to check if you wiuosbhave the macros of the same ☺

  19. Michele M says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I’ve made these twice, using regular dates. The second time, I was out of pecans so I used 1 c. almonds. They didn’t stick together very well, so I added a little coconut oil. Both times they were very good!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Michelle,

      So happy to hear you enjoyed these so much! Love your changes too. Thanks for your feedback!!

  20. Yasmin says:

    I used cashews and pistachios instead of almonds and they were delicious! I’ve made some more today for a weekend picnic! Love them! Thank you for sharing! X

    • Jessica says:

      So happy to hear Yasmin!! SO glad you enjoyed it and you’re so welcome – thanks for your feedback!!

  21. Aviva Lazarus says:

    i really am not a big fan of coconut. what can i use instead

  22. Sandy Bisho[ says:

    Hi. My sister posted the recipe for the no bake energy balls and I wasn’t sure how they were going to taste. I tried them and I will have to say they are delicious!!! They taste like little pieces of brownie!!! Making more now. Thanks for the recipe!!

    • Jessica says:

      Hey Sandy,

      Yay!! So happy to hear that! Yes I love these so much – healthy and still like little brownies!! Thanks so much for your feedback and you’re so welcome!!

  23. Carol says:

    The brownie energy bites are Soooo Delicious!
    Thank you for your creative and healthy recipes.

  24. Carol says:

    The brownie energy bites are Soooo Delicious!
    Thank you for your creative and healthy recipes.
    ? How many calories in one energy bliss ball
    Thank you

  25. Debbie says:

    I made these Brownie Bites in my “Nutri Bullet”! Worked beautifully, and they taste delicious. Thank You!

  26. Ana Silva says:

    Absolutely amazing! I am baffled at how easy, quickly and above all super tasty these are! Thanks!

  27. Kathy says:

    Delicious! Thanks for the recipe! (Although I admit I used sweetened coconut.. it was finishing an open bag!)

  28. Anne says:

    These are DELICIOUS!! So glad I made these!!

  29. Jessica says:

    Could I use prunes instead of dates?

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Jessica,

      You should be able to! I haven’t tried that yet, but it should work!

  30. Jessica, i am a regular follower of your blog. I really appreciate your hard work.

  31. Luku says:

    Scrumptious. I used coarse almond meal instead of walnuts and it worked well.

  32. Leeland says:

    These are the only treats that my Diabetic husband requests for me to make. Great recipe.

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Wow thank you so much for the kind comment Leeland! We’re so happy that you both enjoy them!

  33. Denise says:

    How msny calories are in chocolate energy brownie bites???

  34. Pat says:

    Made these for my healthy eating kick 14 year old grandson’s birthday. I think he will love the,, I did!

  35. Suzanne says:

    This looks so good! Do you make any other types of energy bites with this base of nuts and dates?

  36. Allison Kennedy says:

    Brownie bites are a hit. I also made them again with some cherries infused with juice. YUM!!!!

    • Jessica says:

      Hi Allison,

      Yay I am so happy to hear that! The cherries is such a great idea!!

  37. Clara says:

    These were excellent! Really easy and tasted exactly like a brownie but without the guilt 🙂
    Definite repeat!!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      We’re glad you like it Clara! Thank you for this kind comment!

  38. Gloria says:

    Do you know how many calories are in the brownie bites?

  39. randy thill says:

    these are so good that my neighbor who is very traditional Mexican wanted to come and learn how to make them. Now she can cook, don’t get me wrong…it’s just that they are delicious and satisfying. I altered them a tad with 1 T coconut oil and 1/2 t vanilla the second time cause I found the coconut stuck to them better that way and they roll a bit easier. Thanks for the nummy snacks. I’m gonna check a few other of your recipes!

    • Gavin | Jessica in the Kitchen says:

      Wow this is nice to see we really smiled while we read this one. Thanks for leaving such a nice comment Randy.

  40. Stephanie says:

    For adult style: add raw cocoa nibs (rough ground or whole) and/or fresh, finely ground coffee beans.

    For nut-free: leave out nuts and augment shredded coconut

  41. Maria Belanger says:

    These brownies are so fast and easy to make, also very very delicious!!!! My husband and I munch on these before bed sometimes!!

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