Healthy, No-Bake “Sugar” Cookie Energy Bites

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You know how much I love you right?

The fact that you would take time out of your busy day to stop by and see what I’m cooking up, listen to my mindless ramblings, workout with me and look at pictures of my beautiful family.

You guys rock!

So I made you a cookie (or 40).

But not just any ol’ cookie, for you I’m brining out the big guns.

These cookies are AH-MAZE!!!!!!

Healthy, all natural “sugar” cookies made with just 3 ingredients and no baking required! Im calling them “sugar” cookies because they taste exactly like sugar cookie dough but really there is no refined sugars added to these bad boys at all.

See I told you I loved you didn’t I?!

Remember last week when we were stuck in the midst of that nightmare heatwave? The one that had the nerve to impose on and ruin my delightful morning coffee routine? Although I shouldn’t complain to much, if you follow along on Instagram you will know thatΒ I am still seriously addicted to that smooth and creamy, ice cold, caffeinated goodness that is the Maple Vanilla Latte Smothie AKA – my morning (and afternoon) coffee substitute.

Well in the midst of aforementioned heatwave I got this massive craving for sugar cookies!

We’ve all been there right? Cookie cravings are a very real part of everyday life right?!

So whats a girl to do?

No chance I was going to turn on my oven in the nightmare heat that was to make myself a batch of sugar cookies. And there was no way in the world that I was going to venture out into that humid sweatfest to get myself a cookie!

So what did I do? Well I whipped up a batch of insanely delicious, seriously healthy, 3 ingredient, no bake “sugar” cookie energy bites!

You guys, these energy bites are insane!

The natural butteriness from the cashews combined with the slight caramel sweetness of the dates, throw in a splash of vanilla and a sprinkle of sea salt boomshakalocka, AH-MAZE!

These energy bites taste exactly like sugar cookie dough.

Not. Even. Kidding!

Not only do they taste all kinds of amazing, that are all natural, guilt free and won’t leave you with the post sugar cookie crash.


3 ingredients, a minute in the food processor or blender then you are ready to rock and roll your way to blissful bites of deliciousness.

These babies are ready in less than 10 mins, start to finish and are perfect for satisfying those ever present cookie cravings.

Perfect crumbled over some greek yoghurt with some fresh strawberries and a drizzle of maple syrup for breakfast.

Perfect for with a cup of coffee or green tea as your mid morning snack.

Perfect for your pre/post workout fuelling.

Perfect for getting you through the nightmare and unavoidable post lunch/pre dinner 330itis

Perfect for a little late night, post dinner indulgence.

Who doesn’t want a cookie that is all natural, only requires 3 ingredients, is guilt free, no bake, and ready in minutes?! If there is such a person I don’t think I care to meet them.

Make them, eat them, love them.

You’re welcome πŸ™‚

Healthy, No-Bake “Sugar” Cookie Energy Bites
Makes approx 20 healthy, simple, buttery, sweet tasting bites of energy packed deliciousness

Ingredients –

1 cup cashews (I used raw, unsalted)

6 medjool dates, pits removed

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

a pinch of salt flakes

Optional add ins;

1 teaspoon of maca – for hormone balance

1-2 scoops of Vital proteins unflavored collagen peptides – for an extra boost of protein and gut healing goodness

1 scp protein powder – for extra protein (vanilla or unflavored would work best in this recipe) – I use Proganics Vanilla whey – you can use EMS10 to get 10% off

Method –

1 – Place cashews in your food processor/blender and pulse until crumbly, you want there to still be a few bigger chunks to give the bites some nice texture.

2 – Add dates and pules until the mixture starts to come together into a sticky, loose “dough”.

3 – Add vanilla extract and salt flakes and pulse again until combined.

4 – Using your hands, roll approx 1 heaping teaspoon of cookie dough into little bite size balls then transfer to your mouth an airtight container (or even just a ziplock bag) and store in the fridge required ← that’s right, I said required. These bad boys are a need, not want people!

Enjoy xo


Question of the day –

What tasty treat helps you get through that post lunch/pre dinner 330itis?

47 Comments on Healthy, No-Bake “Sugar” Cookie Energy Bites

    • Emma
      February 6, 2014 at 5:06 am (5 years ago)

      Yay let me know what you think Katie, pretty sure you will love πŸ™‚

  1. Emily
    March 13, 2014 at 2:22 am (5 years ago)

    I keyed this recipe into Recipe Analyzer’s website, and here were the results! πŸ™‚ (I only did this because I’m tracking my calories and such with My Fitness Pal): Just in case anyone was wondering! This is one of the lowest calorie healthy energy bites I’ve seen! πŸ™‚

    Calories (kcal) 28.3
    Fat (g) 1.4
    Saturated Fat (g) 0.3
    Trans Fat (g) 0.0
    Cholesterol (mg) 0.0
    Sodium (mg) 4.3
    Potassium (mg) 46.7
    Carbohydrate (g) 3.8
    Fibre (g) 0.3
    Sugar (g) 2.6
    Protein (g) 0.7
    Vitamin A (RAE) 0.3
    Vitamin C (mg) 0.0
    Calcium (mg) 3.5
    Iron (mg) 0.2
    Vitamin D (ΞΌg) 0.0
    Vitamin E (mg) 0.2
    Thiamin (mg) 0.0
    Riboflavin (mg) 0.0
    Niacin (NE) 0.3
    Folate (DFE) 1.4
    Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.0
    Vitamin B12 (ΞΌg) 0.0

    • Emma
      February 17, 2017 at 11:08 pm (2 years ago)

      Awesome, thanks for sharing Emily xo

    • Cheryl M Billiter
      July 23, 2017 at 7:10 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you for taking the time to do this and sharing!

      • Emma
        July 24, 2017 at 1:30 am (2 years ago)

        My pleasure, Cheryl.

        Thank you for taking the time out to stop by read and leave me such a nice comment πŸ™‚

  2. Mimsy
    September 8, 2014 at 2:48 am (5 years ago)

    Just ‘found “your website have found 2 energy bites I’m doing. Thanks for the nutritional breakdown. I hope my grands like these.

  3. Lyndsey
    October 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm (4 years ago)

    i made these and they are delicious! But I only got 20 from the recipe, not 40.

    • Emma
      October 25, 2014 at 8:49 pm (4 years ago)

      Glad you liked them πŸ™‚

  4. Jenny
    October 26, 2014 at 10:08 pm (4 years ago)

    am I the only one that had these totally fall apart on me? They are delicious but I’m basically eating spoonfuls of it. I added more vanilla and it altered the taste too much. Added honey on the second batch and the texture was off. Any ideas? Thanks.

    • Emma
      October 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm (4 years ago)

      Hmmm this is a problem that’s new to me but I’m thinking it could be that your dates may be a little dry?!

      Try soaking your dates in some boiling water for 10 mins before you blend them and reserve some of the soaking water that way if the dough is still a little dry you could try adding in a 1/2 a teaspoon of the soaking water at a time to see if it help bind it together a little better for you.

      • Jenny
        October 26, 2014 at 11:23 pm (4 years ago)

        That may be. I’m on the east coast and in a small town so my date selection was limited to start with. I’m sure they aren’t the best quality. I will definitely try this again. The taste was amazing!!! Thanks a bunch!

        • Emma
          October 27, 2014 at 1:41 am (4 years ago)

          No problem at all, glad you like them even if they haven’t quite held their shape πŸ™‚

    • KNatGU
      August 12, 2015 at 6:06 pm (4 years ago)

      Jenny I had to have the mixture in the Cuisinart for a long time. Whole minutes! Close to 5, maybe would have even been smoother if I went for 7 mins. Basically, you need to make cashew butter. My mixture was steamy and warm to the touch when I was done blending it.

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  7. Shannon
    August 27, 2015 at 7:22 pm (4 years ago)

    Just made them, and I am FREAKING OUT…so delicious!!! One question, mine are dry and crumble if you roll them, I’m having to treat them like little patties to compress them. They also don’t habe that oily cookie dough look like yours do. Do I need to add more dates,

    Thank you!!!

    • Emma
      August 27, 2015 at 8:45 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh Yay Shannon I am so glad you love them!

      If they are a little dry you could just add a splash of water (about 1 tsp at a time) and see if it helps the dough some together a little better. Sometimes this can happen if your dates are a little dry. Next time you could soak your dates in some warm water for 5-10 mins then drain and make as normal πŸ™‚

      • Shannon
        August 27, 2015 at 9:01 pm (4 years ago)

        Excellent suggestion, Emma! Thank you so much for your speedy reply! I will try that next time. Meantime, it’s so delicious I will happily eat the crumbs! Xoxo

        • Emma
          August 27, 2015 at 11:34 pm (4 years ago)

          My pleasure. FYI – those crumbs are seriously delicious crumbled on top of a smoothie or stirred through some yogurt with banana and berries . . . just sayin’ πŸ˜‰

  8. Jenny
    January 1, 2016 at 11:17 am (3 years ago)

    I just made these and they are so very tasty! They formed into balls with a bit of squashing the mixture together and I will definitely make them again.

    • Emma
      January 1, 2016 at 9:09 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay Jenny, so glad you’re enjoying them – Thanks so much for letting me know πŸ™‚

  9. Angie
    January 8, 2016 at 10:11 pm (3 years ago)

    I’m in luck, I just bought cashews. πŸ˜‰ These look awesome!

    • Emma
      January 8, 2016 at 10:13 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay Angie, these really are so good – enjoy πŸ™‚

  10. Julia
    January 19, 2016 at 12:13 am (3 years ago)

    I just came across this recipe while searching for something easy & relatively healthy for the ladies that come to my exercise class. The recipe & measurements worked out for me just fine, and the taste is great — but o only ended up with 18 instead of 40. I even made small by my standards! Any ideas how this happened?

    • Emma
      January 19, 2016 at 2:18 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Julia,

      I’m so glad to hear you and the ladies in your exercise class like the sugar cookie energy bites, they are so yummy and you’re right – relatively healthy as far as treats go.

      I’m not sure how you only got 18, perhaps you blended the cashews a little longer which would produce a finer (less voluminous) base which would result in fewer bites?!

      I only use a tsp of dough per bite when I make them, they are pretty sweet so I like to keep them teeny tiny.

      Although you didn’t get as many as expected I’m glad to hear you enjoyed them

  11. Cassie Stutler
    January 26, 2016 at 9:32 pm (3 years ago)

    I can not find medjool dates. Regular dates will do, right?

    • Emma
      January 26, 2016 at 10:04 pm (3 years ago)

      Yep they should work just fine Cassie although they may not be as juicy as medjool dates so if they feel a little on the dry side you may want to try soaking them in some warm water for 10 mins before you begin, then drain and rinse and make as normal.

  12. Bev
    March 8, 2016 at 1:01 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Emma! I just made these and they are AMAZING1 Thanks!

    • Emma
      March 8, 2016 at 6:35 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Bev,

      So glad to hear that you like them! Thanks so much for taking time out to let me know.

      Enjoy πŸ™‚

  13. Cassie Stutler
    March 8, 2016 at 9:11 pm (3 years ago)

    These are great I’ve also been adding some powered protein.

    • Emma
      March 8, 2016 at 9:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh what a great idea Cassie πŸ™‚

  14. Diana
    December 6, 2016 at 5:24 pm (2 years ago)

    I hope you don’t mind, but I added your recipe to Weight Watchers’ site (and gave you credit, of course).
    Excellent recipe. Thank you so much.

    • Emma
      December 6, 2016 at 7:01 pm (2 years ago)

      I don’t mind at all Diana, I am so glad to hear you like them so much.

      Thanks so much for letting me know you shared the recipe over on the Weight Watchers site, do you have a link so I can see it?

  15. C
    December 11, 2016 at 12:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I made this recipe and it taste amazing!! What really caught my eye was the extremely low calories 😍 Although I only made around 10 and they were pretty small inside :/

    • Emma
      December 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm (2 years ago)

      So glad you enjoyed them πŸ™‚

  16. Mandy
    February 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm (2 years ago)

    I made these and loved them! All though I double the recipe and didn’t even get 20 balls. Is the 1 cup of cashews supposed to be a cup of GROUND nuts vs whole?? Thanks so much for this awesome recipe! sooo YUMMY!!

    • Emma
      February 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm (2 years ago)

      I measure the whole nuts but I also use just 1 heaping teaspoon of “dough” for each bite (they really are bite size when I make them).

      So glad you loved them!

  17. Mineshree
    June 20, 2018 at 9:44 am (9 months ago)

    Hi Emma

    I love the idea of these for my 11 month old who’s allergic to gluten, dairy and who I’m desperately trying not to give refined sugar to.

    I can’t wait to try them.

    One question though, cashews are very expensive here, could I maybe sub almonds? (Nuts in general are expensive but almonds are slightly cheaper)

    • Emma
      June 20, 2018 at 10:06 am (9 months ago)

      Yes almonds will work perfectly, you could sub any nit/seed really – they will taste a little different but should turn out just fine.

      Let me know how you go once you make them.

      I hope you and your little one love them as much as we do πŸ™‚

  18. Madeline
    January 28, 2015 at 3:33 am (4 years ago)

    Is there anything I can use instead of dates? And could I just use normal salt? Thanks!

  19. Emma
    January 28, 2015 at 6:30 am (4 years ago)

    Hi Madeline,

    You could try figs possibly or even just sultanas however I have not tried either I imagine they should work. Howvever this will totally change the flavour and texture. And yes you could use a pinch of regular salt no problem πŸ™‚


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