Almond Joy Energy Bites (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Almond Joy Energy Bites.  This past Sunday, we made Almond Joy Waffles for breakfast. They were a big hit so I decided I would try some almond joy energy bites with similar ingredients.

My husband liked these healthy vegan almond energy bites so much, that I had to stop him from eating them all.  I still needed to take pictures. A common food blogger problem haha!


Almond Joy Energy Bites


It’s funny because as soon as he gets home from work, I am shoving things in his face to taste test.  I like to get his approval as well as my three year old.

She helped me make these and kept trying to sneak the batter when she thought I wasn’t looking.  Sneaky sneaky.  Can’t say I blame her.  They are delicious!

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Almond Joy Energy Bites

Almond Joy Energy Bites

Prep Time 10 min Serves 12 balls     adjust servings


  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 10-12 medjool dates
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp almond extract (I used 1/4 only because my husband doesn't like a strong almond flavor)
  • 1 T coconut oil melted
  • 2 T water
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips I used carob chips


  1. In a food processor, mix the almonds and coconut until they are fine.
  2. Then add the dates, coconut oil and water and continue to pulse until you see a dough start to form.
  3. Roll into balls and place in the fridge to firm up.


Recipe Notes

I got about 12 balls out of my batch.

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89 thoughts to “Almond Joy Energy Bites (Vegan & Gluten Free)”

  1. Hello Melissa! I just signed up to receive your posts recently and I am loving all the research and info. you provide on all the scary and fake ingredients that are put in so many of our foods! I have always been a nutrition label reader but you have definitely made me aware of many things I did not know about so thanks for that! I also want to try your yummy looking recipes but have a silly question. I notice that you use a lot of Medjool Dates. I have never seen them at Farmer's Markets or grocery stores. Where do you get them? Do you grow them yourself? I live in Northern California, do they not grow here LOL? Are they fresh or dried? Sorry, guess that's more than one question. Thank you!
    1. I am glad you are enjoying the blog! I am amazed all the stuff they put in our food as well. For the medjool dates, I get them at Sprouts or Whole Foods. Whole Foods sells the organic medjool dates in their bulk bin. I have been told you can find them at Costco. My in-laws sometimes bring me a big box from Sams.
      1. My Wegman's has them in the produce section, usually near the bananas. I have seen the 'regular' dates (always, dried, I've never seen a fresh date!) in the bulk Nature's Market section and also in the aisle with other dried friuits like raisins and plums. Medjools seem to be plumper than the regular ones. I would bet that Amazon sells them, too!
  2. Thanks for the recipe for Almond Joy Energy Bites just checked don't have all the ingredients with pick them up when i get to the store I am 30 miles away from a store. will let you know how they turned out.
  3. These are delicious! I made a batch this weekend, and I shared my album of making them with my Zumba® followers. I also made a batch for the people at my daughter's work (she works at a locally owned health food store) and most of the ingredients were purchased at their store. (except the choc. chips, I was too excited to wait to get the carob chips). So when I dropped their treats off, I replenished my stock. ~ By the way, THEY LOVED THEM! I do solemnly sweat to only eat one a day! (two fingers up / girl scout promise)
  4. Hi there! These look delicious and I want to try making them this weekend. So when you say almonds....I could just use the plain raw almonds out of the bulk bin at my health food store, right? Or do you use roasted almonds?
  5. Just made my first batch, very good! Question: how would you store these, in the refrigerator or in a container in the pantry? Also, I just got back from CostCo this morning and they now have the dates in the produce section and coconut oil by the other oils.
  6. Please publish the nutritional information for these. I would like to make them, but I am watching my fats and sodium.
    1. I am not a dietician, but my rough calculations puts these at about 250cal and 18g fat per bite. My balls were good sized and they have good fats in them. Just like the fat in peanut butter.
    1. You sure can try. If you are using the vitamix, I would soak the dates in water for about 5 minutes. That will soften them and make it easier on the Vitamix. I hope you enjoy them! :)

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