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No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites

These No-Bake Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites are completely nut-free, gluten-free, and vegan, making them a suitable snack idea for many dietary restrictions! They're easy to make and filled with simple, healthy ingredients.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry, chia seeds, chocolate, energy bite, hemp seeds
Prep Time 10 minutes
Refrigerate 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 15 balls


Optional toppings:

  • Raw cacao powder
  • Desiccated coconut


  • Add the pitted medjool dates, dried cherries, raw cacao powder, and approximately 1 tablespoon of water to a food processor. Pulse until the ingredients form a paste-like mixture, about 1 minute.
  • Next, add the hemp seeds, chia seeds, and dark chocolate chips to the food processor, and pulse everything together again for about 30 seconds. I like a bit of texture in my energy bites, so check to make sure there are still pieces of chocolate chips in tact!
    *if the ingredients aren't sticking together, feel free to add a small amount of water, as needed
  • If you'd like your energy bites to have a "topping," get your topping ingredient(s) ready. Simply pour a small amount of raw cacao powder or desiccated coconut into a small bowl. This part is optional - you can leave them "bare" too (but I do love the cacao topping best!)
  • Scoop a small amount of the mixture (about 1 Tbsp worth) into your hands. Roll into balls, then roll the ball into your topping of choice, if desired. Transfer the finished energy bite onto a small baking sheet or plate. Continue until all the mixture is used up.
  • Place the completed energy bites into the fridge for 1 hour to let them harden and set. They are now ready to be enjoyed or stored for later!


*Recipe makes approximately 15 balls, depending on size.
*Energy bites should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. They will keep up to 1 week in the fridge, or 3 months in the freezer. If freezing, just be sure to thaw for a few minutes before eating!