5-Ingredient Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Bites – Healthy, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, No Refined Sugar, Plant-Based, Vegan Dessert Snack Recipe


Easy |  Servings: 12 |  Ready In: 10 minutes |  Yield: 24 “bites”

This gluten-free, oil-free vegan recipe gets natural sweetness from dried dates.  No one, whether child or adult, can resist the classic combination of bananas and peanut butter.  Make a batch and keep in the freezer…you’ll be ready for any chocolate craving.


  • 1 cup (160 g) rolled oats, gluten free
  • 1 cup (200 g) pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup (26 g) + 2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup (64g) roasted peanut butter (no added oil or sweeteners)
  • Dash of salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons water, as needed

How It’s Done

To make the 5-Ingredient Cocoa Peanut Butter Energy Bites: Place the oats in a food processor.  Purée until shredded, resembling coconut shreds. Transfer to a bowl.
Place the dates in the food processor.  Purée dates until they are well-chopped.  This might take a few minutes.
Place the remaining ingredients, along with shredded oats back into food processor with the dates.  Purée.
Drizzle in water, a tablespoon at a time, until the mixture comes together.
The mix should hold when rolled into a ball. If it’s too dry, drizzle in more water. Too wet, sprinkle in some brown rice flour.

Remove mixture from food processor
Portion about 1-2 tablespoons of the mix into you hands and roll into a ball.
Place the balls in a small bowl with cocoa powder.  You can also roll these in brown rice flour.  The brown rice flour tends to be better for longer storage, so that the bites don’t clump together

Freeze or refrigerate for longer storage.

Yield: 24 “Bites”

Cocoa and peanut butter – what’s not to love?

Chef Katie’s Tips:

Weigh your Ingredients: For consistent results, use a digital kitchen scale for precise measuring.  This small investment will save you time from fooling with measuring cups. It will also help make you a better baker.

Peanut-Free: For a peanut-free alternative, try it with almond butter or sunflower seed butter.  

Flavor Kicks:  Add dried spices for a pop of flavor.  1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon or vanilla would work.  Or you can add a 1/4 tsp chipotle powder for spicy flavor.

No Refined Sugars or Syrups: I’m on a mission to avoid using sugar, maple syrup, and other refined sweeteners.  These ingredients leave you feeling hungry and can spike a sweet-tooth craving that pushes you to overeat.  For this recipe, whole foods, natural sweetness comes from dates.


Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/12 of a recipe (about 2 bites).

Amount Per Serving
Calories 164.12
Calories From Fat (34%) 56.56
% Daily Value

  • Total Fat 6.76g 10%
  • Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 15.94mg <1%
  • Potassium 265.13mg 8%
  • Total Carbohydrates 23.52g 8%
  • Fiber 4.11g 16%
  • Sugar 10.54g
  • Protein 5.79g 12%
  • Calcium 0.06mg <1%
  • Iron 21.06mg 117%
  • Vitamin A 1.54IU <1%
  • Vitamin C 0mg 0%

Shopping and Gear List

  • Sincerely Nuts Chopped Dates – One Lb. Bag
  • Rodelle Organic Baking Cocoa Powder Dutch Processed 25 Oz.
  • Spread The Love NAKED Organic Peanut Butter, 16 Ounce
  • Kirkland Saigon Cinnamon 10.7 Oz Bottles( Pack of 2) – 21.4 Oz Total


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