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5 grain free energy bites in ball shape covered in shredded coconut on white background with chickpeas on right

Grain-Free Energy Bites

Author: Janet Harlow
Course: Appetizers and Snacks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 bites
These easy no cook energy bites are a perfect quick snack to keep you going for a work out or hike.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins

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  • 1 cup roasted garbanzo beans* The Good Bean or Chic A Peas are good brands
  • cup unsweetened shredded coconut + 3 Tbsps for coating
  • ½ cup cashew butter
  • 2 Tbsps coconut palm sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Nectar or agave
  • 1 Tbsp flax-seed meal
  • 2 tsps cinnamon add 1 more tsp if you love cinnamon


  • Place the roasted garbanzo beans in the food processor and run for about 20 seconds or until there are no big pieces. It does not have to be completely ground to dust but all the beans should be broken in small pieces at least.
  • Place the ground beans in a mixing bowl and stir in the ⅔ c shredded coconut, coconut palm sugar, flax-seed meal and cinnamon.
  • Add the cashew butter and coconut nectar syrup and stir until all the dry ingredients are moistened. If the mixture seems dry, add another tablespoon of cashew butter and a teaspoon of coconut nectar.
  • If you have a kitchen scale, place the bowl on it and pull out 1 ounce of the mixture and gently roll into a ball. Without a scale you can eyeball about 2 Tbsps of mixture per ball.
  • If your hands get very sticky, give them a rinse after rolling a few. This will make the process easier.
  • Roll the bites in the remaining shredded coconut (optional). These work best if stored in the refrigerator.


*Note: Do not use raw dry beans. The Good Bean and Chic A Peas are cooked, then roasted.


Serving: 1ozCalories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 5gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gSodium: 37mgFiber: 3gSugar: 6g
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