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Jar of gluten-free vegan Dried Mango Energy Bites rolled in shredded coconut

Yesterday was the first day of summer on our side of the world and I’m one happy camper.

I decided to celebrate with these super summery, naturally sweetened, mango coconut energy bites (that are delicious year-round).

Care to taste?

Nuts, coconut, dried mango, dates, lime, and hemp seeds for making Dried Mango Energy Bites

This recipe requires just 30 minutes and 6 ingredients to make!

Plus, they’re so easy. Simply soak dried mango, roast your nuts, blend, scoop, and roll into a coating of your choice.

Food processor with ingredients for making fiber- and protein-rich Dried Mango Energy Bites
Food processor filled with ingredients for making our Dried Mango Energy Bites recipe

For added protein, I threw in some hemp seeds (nature’s perfect complete protein with all 20 amino acids, including the 9 essential amino acids) and shredded coconut and lime zest for more flavor.

Nuts add plenty of healthy fats and protein as well – I went for a mix of walnuts and cashews – and dates help them stick together while adding a caramel-like natural sweetness. YUM.

Parchment-lined baking sheet with gluten-free vegan Dried Mango Energy Bites

I hope you all LOVE these bites! They’re:

SO easy
Summery
Tropical
Perfectly sweet-tart
Coconutty
Tender
Healthy
& Delicious

These are the perfect snack to have around when you’re craving something sweet but healthy. Each bite provides a little fiber, protein, healthy fat, and natural sugars for an energy boost. Have one, have three, have six – no one’s looking.

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We’d love to see what you come up with. Cheers, friends!

Parchment-lined baking sheet with Dried Mango Energy Bites for a gluten-free vegan snack
EASY Mango Energy Bites with 6 ingredients, naturally sweetened, full of healthy ingredients! #vegan #glutenfree #mango #recipe #minimalistbaker

Mango Energy Bites

Easy, 6-ingredient mango energy bites with dates, coconut, hemp seeds, and lime zest! Perfectly sweet, tender, and so full of natural energy!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Cookie scoop, shredded coconut, lime half, and homemade Mango Energy Bites
4.88 from 24 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 17 (bites)
Course Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup raw walnuts or cashews (I mixed both)
  • 1 cup firmly packed dried unsweetened mango (1 cup = ~5.5 ounces)
  • 10 whole pitted medjool dates
  • 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut (also known as desiccated)
  • 1 medium lime, zested (optional)
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C) and arrange nuts on a baking sheet (or more baking sheets, as needed, if increasing batch size). Toast for 8-12 minutes or until light golden brown and fragrant. Set aside.
  • In the meantime, add dried mango to a mixing bowl and cover with warm water (don’t skip this step or they’ll be too tough to blend). Let soak for 5-7 minutes or until soft and pliable but not too soggy. Then drain, lay on a towel, and pat off excess moisture. Set aside.
  • Add nuts to a food processor and mix into a fine meal. Remove from bowl and set aside.
  • Add pitted dates and soaked, dried mango to the food processor and mix until a rough paste/sticky dough forms.
  • Add nut meal back in, along with hemp seeds, shredded coconut, lime zest (optional), and sea salt. Mix until it forms a moldable dough. Add more coconut or hemp seed if it feels too sticky or wet. Add more dates if it’s too dry.
  • Scoop out rounded Tablespoon amounts (I love this 1.5 Tbsp scoop) and roll into little balls in the palms of your hands. Then roll in more shredded coconut or hemp speeds, or a mixture of both.
  • Enjoy immediately. Store at room temperature up to 3-4 days, in the refrigerator 1 week, or in the freezer up to 1 month.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 17 servings)

Serving: 1 bites Calories: 80 Carbohydrates: 6.3 g Protein: 2.3 g Fat: 5.8 g Saturated Fat: 0.8 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 1 mg Fiber: 1.3 g Sugar: 4.7 g

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  1. Rede Batcheller says

    Question for you: can you suggest a substitute for the hemp seeds? I gather they are not ground; are they just to provide texture? Perhaps they could be toasted and ground coarse? (Due to a long-standing history of IBS and a more recent run in with colon cancer I try to stay away from intact seeds of any kind in what I eat. I don’t need to aggravate the innards; they do fine being persnickety all on their own!)

  2. Tiffany Jade says

    I was wondering if I can substitute the coconut with almond or oat flour. I don’t love coconut…I know …everyone says I’m crazy

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Tiffany! We haven’t tried it but we think almond flour would be the best substitute here. You may want to start with a lesser amount in case it’s more absorbent than the coconut. Let us know how it goes if you give it a try!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Neil, if you use the print button in the recipe box, it will print on 2 pages. Hope that helps!

    • Ekaterina says

      Hi there! A while ago a made these and they were absolutely amazing, so thanks for the recipe. I’d like to use this recipe for granola bars. Perhaps you have any suggestions to adjust this recipe for granola bars?

      Thank you in advance!

        • Ekaterina says

          Thank you for a quick reply. If to be honest I made that recipe last week (granola bars), and they were delicious as well. I was thinking to add some rolled oats to the recipe, but not sure how it’s gonna turn out.
          Anyways, thank you for you answer and suggestion. Much appreciated!

  3. Anne Heil says

    My rehydrated mango was still too wet when I added it and when combined with my dates, the dough was really sticky. I used more coconut and finally rolled them in a combination of more coconut and almond “flour”. That helped cut the sweetness for me, too, as I didn’t have hemp seeds and the nuts didn’t balance enough of the fruit sweet flavor.

  4. Stefanie says

    Yummy. I didnt have dates or coconut substitute coconut extract, chia seeds and figs. These were so easy to make, I love them. My husband doesnt like the coconut mango combo so next time I’ll leave out the coconut altogether.

    Thanks for the recipe

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Stefanie! xo

  5. Cyndi says

    Has anyone made these mango bites with fresh mango instead? My mango tree is providing me with more fresh mangoes that I can use and these looked yummy!
    Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Cyndi, We tested that and it doesn’t make a good consistency as they’re too high in water.

    • alyssa says

      hey i only have 3.5 oz of dried mango, could i sub the rest with dried apricots? or will that not work?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      We tested that and it doesn’t make a good consistency as they’re too high in water.

  6. Naia says

    Hi Dana,
    I tried to do this recipe however the dried mango wasn`t as soft as I`ve imagined and I couldn`t process it within the other ingredients :( Have you came across this situation? THank you.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Naia, we haven’t! But when this happens with dates, we soak them in warm water for ~10 minutes to rehydrate. We wonder if that would help with the mango?

  7. Spandana says

    Dana I came across this recipe a while back and after saving it to my favorites for a while deleted it as I never seemed to have the time.I recently have decided to be as healthy as possible and remembered this recipe looked for it again n made it today.The pictures are phenomenal which is why I think the recipe stayed in my subconscious ?.I subbed hemp seeds for pumpkin seeds and my next go around will make it with dried figs or dried plum or cranberry and sub hemp seeds for chia seeds and roll them in toasted sesame seeds – I love tat I have all the ingredients to sub n make variations.The lime zest took the recipe from good to ah-mazing – Thank you for the inspiration!

  8. Ljiljana says

    Made this yesterday and it’s all gone
    Making 3 batches today
    Love them
    I had made all energy balls and they are perfect

    do you have anything with dry plums?

    Thank you

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We haven’t tried, but I would think that should work as long as it is dried out enough! Let us know if you give it a try, Soly!

  9. MV says

    Hello! These energy balls look amazing! I cannot wait to try them out! But do you think I could replace the hemp seeds by something else as I can’t find any?
    Thank you!

  10. Vineet says

    Hey!! The recipe seems wonderful. What variety of dried unsweetened mango should i use to derive this mango energy bite , as i hope dried mango is one the crucial ingredient?
    Thanks

  11. Priya says

    Gorgeous to look and super delicious to eat… since the time I have looked at your post, I have been thinking about these. Finally, today at dinner time I made these… as I was too bored to prep dinner… lol..
    Thank you such a great idea. I would like to share the picture however not able to post in comments.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re glad you enjoyed the recipe, Priya! We’d love to see what you cooked up and if you share a photo on Instagram using the hashtag #MinimalistBaker, we’ll keep our eyes out for it :D

  12. Lydia says

    These were amazing! My grocery store was out of dried mango and hemp seeds so I subbed dried unsweetened peaches and chia seeds, and I have a tree nut allergy so I substituted almonds. Great recipe- definitely will be making again.

  13. Rachel says

    I am wondering about substituting raw pecans for the walnuts. I assume I can’t go wrong, unless the it would alter the taste or texture?

  14. Stact says

    Hello.. I am excited to try another one of your recipes. I love so many! I was looking for a mango but that wasn’t real sweet to make into a chili lime mango bite. I know the dates will act as a binder so I was thinking if I used less and omitted the coconut? Then maybe rolling them in crushed pepitas, salt and chili pepper mix. Do you think they would work without the coconut and less dates? Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi! We haven’t tried it so we can’t say for sure! If you give it a go, let us know how it turns out!

  15. Cynthia | Confetti Kitchen says

    Thanks for this great recipe! Just wondering – do you think they would hold up ok in the mail for 2 days? Planning to send them as a care package, but unclear if they will get too soft or mushy. Would appreciate any tips!

  16. Kristi says

    Yum! Once again, a great recipe! I’m prepping and freezing for the start of the school year today! I still think the Hemp Dark Chocolate Energy Bites are my favorite, though. Thanks Dana!

  17. Tisha says

    I made these today and they are soooo yummy. I sub chia seeds for hemp because that’s what I had on hand. The perfect, healthy go to snack. Will be making again.

  18. cristy jones says

    The final product looks amazing and delicious and i am totally wondered to look ,mango can be used for such kind of delicious balls.

  19. Tere says

    I can’t hardly wait to make these Mango Coconut Energy Bites!. I do have one question though…..l live in Arizona and l think dehydrating these bites will prolong their life. How can l go about it? I do not own a dehydrator.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Most bulk stores and groceries should carry it, Fazia! If not, you can find it online!

  20. Jessica says

    Hi,
    These look amazing! I’ve tried the chocolate energy balls recipe of yours and love them!
    Do you think I could make these using raspberries? Dried or freeze-dried perhaps?
    Thanks

  21. Trina says

    Hi! Can you freeze these? I’ll be traveling for about 15 hrs, and want to make these a week or so ahead of time.
    Thanks in advance!

  22. Shannon says

    Yum! These were easy and delicious. I used chia seeds in place of hemp seeds as I’ve never seen hemp seeds here in Australia.

  23. Nellette says

    If I used dried apricots instead (it’s what I have on hand) do you think I would need to soak them since they aren’t as firm? Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      I haven’t tried using apricots but I think that would work. I’d still soak them! Report back on how it goes!

      • Nellette says

        I plan to make these as soon as we shut down for the day/night. I’ve been following a lot of your recipes as simple is a necessity when you’re an over the road trucker. Trying to find better snackinget foods for those long hauls so we stop reaching for all those tortilla chips and hummus. lol

  24. Russ says

    Great recipe Dana!

    So pleased you included hemp seeds and that you’re highlighting some of their many benefits.

    BTW, hemp seeds will also provide healthy fats, along with the nuts you included. In fact, healthy fatty acids make up about 40% of hemp seeds’ weight!

  25. Joëlle says

    Made them without the hemp seeds (which I didn’t have at hand). Very good treat, will make it again. A note on the mixing: if all you have is an immersion blender to do it with, make sure the mangoes are really soft before you mix them with the dates.

  26. Laurine B says

    This was vey easy to make and handy to have for a busy bunch to grab and go.
    We aren’t especially fond of dates so I substituted dried figs and used the same soak method as the mangos. I also added the juice from the lime and rolled some of the balls in walnuts for the boys who don’t like coconut. The mangos are what made this so good. Very fun to make too. I gave it 4 stars because of the substitutes

  27. Mihela says

    Hi Dana,

    love this recipe and will make it asap. The photography on your website is astonishing.
    Keep up the good work.

    Much love from Canada!

  28. Lindsay says

    I just made these…. and my super picky kids (2 and 5 y/o) housed like 5 each! I told them they were candy and now they keep asking me for more candy. They are absolutely delicious. I followed the recipe exact… and I definitely think the lime zest should be a required and not an optional, because you’d totally be missing out without it. I bet a little orange zest could take its place if you’re not crazy about lime. They are so incredibly creamy!

    I only have one concern, and I was hoping you could help. The calorie count says 80 calories for 1 (of 17). My recipe made almost exactly 16 balls (1 tbsp each). But when I enter the information into MyFitnessPal, the lowest I could get the totals was 120 per ball (at 16, 1 tbsp balls). I know it isn’t that big of a deal, but popping two at about 160 calories is a big difference for me than say popping 2 at 240 calories! I think next time I do this I will fully measure out/weigh my individual ingredients – which I didn’t do with the mango or the nuts (I weighed them to 150g together, not individually) – to get a more accurate result. But I just wanted to check in with you about this.

    Otherwise, these are fantastic and so satisfying!

  29. Andrea says

    Made these today, they are delicious! The stars to rate don’t work on my kindle, but I would give 5 stars!

  30. Luz says

    These were a hit! I added ground cayenne and more zest when it came time to roll them in the hemp/coconut mixture. My friends loved the hint of heat. Very satisfying- just what I needed for my sugar fix & to hold me till dinner.

  31. GiGi says

    I love these babies! But did not have hemp or dried mango. So I used dried kiwi and flax seed, ground. It was awesome! They were slightly wet/oily, but I fixed w/ more coconut and flax. I don’t think I roasted the walnuts long enough to release oils. Still worked for me. This is what I eat when I am craving candy. Thank you!

  32. Shannon says

    These are delicious! I omitted the hemp to avoid an extra trip to the store and mixed walnuts and cashews just like you did. The lime zest really makes these pop. I may have to keep some of these in the freezer all summer to help me ward off my constant cravings for ice cream. :)

    Loving this and the few other recipes I’ve tried so far from the site. They’re helping me put my weekly CSA produce to great use. Thank you!

  33. Mark says

    Dana, the final result looks awesome. Didn’t made anything with the mango in the past, will surely try it today.

  34. Kerry says

    These will be the perfect pre or post workout energy boost. Personally, I think the lime is required. :D Super yummy!

  35. Lynda Switzer says

    I made these for my church gathering and they are so cute. Everyone loved the tropical flavors. Thanks for sharing!

  36. G says

    These look so pretty and tasty! One small recommendation is to soak the nuts 24 hr in salt water instead of roasting, to keep the delicate oils intact (olive and nut oils aren’t very heat stable) This also makes them (in my experience) creamier and easier to grind.

  37. Dalya Rubin says

    Hi! This recipe looks amazing! I’ve been following your blog for about two years now and I am always wowed at the creativity and effort you put into perfecting each recipe! I took your food photography school course, and it has made such a huge impact on my photo taking and editing for my Youtube channel. I was just at Barns and Noble, and came across your book! I finally bought it and I am super excited to cook with it!!!! Thanks for all your awesome recipes, blogging tips, and food photography lessons!

  38. Sandy says

    Can I substitute the nuts with something else? Husband is allergic and I don’t want to bring nuts into the house.

  39. Upma says

    Wow!! Mango n it’s THE MANGO SEASON IN INDIA!!! But I have some fresh puréed with chia .. Wonder if it will hold up the nuts n seeds.. Oats maybe?? But Dana.. Thx n do tell me how to use candied ginger as well pl!
    Xoxo!!

  40. Mixy says

    This recipe looks sooooo good!!! I wish my boyfriend wasn’t allergic to nuts… I wonder what a good replacement would be….

  41. Brigid says

    These look perfect for a Ramadan snack. A healthier way to satisfy the sweet tooth and will give us some energy for our nights of worship. I just got some amazing Jordanian medjoul dates, will get some dried mango and give you my verdict when I’ve made them!

  42. Maren says

    I’d love to try these, but would it be possible to use fresh mango? I think I’ll have a hard time finding dried ones where I live.

  43. Fareeda says

    I would love to make the mango energy bites. I have a lot of fresh ripe mangoes to use up. Have you tried it with fresh mangoes?

    Thanks

  44. Colleen says

    These look amazing – want to make them today but pretty sure my coconut flakes are not desiccated. Is it ok to use regular flakes, or maybe I should give them a quick pulse in the food processor?
    Thanks!

  45. Cassie says

    Yay for the arrival of summer! Would a dried fruit that has a similar texture to mango work in this recipe as well? I know that banana chips or even apple chips would be far too crispy for these bites, but something a bit more leathery and long should work?

  46. Caroline says

    These look delicious! It’s not always easy to find good recipes without sugar or even liquid sweeteners. I always love trying your date-sweetened desserts and appreciate every one of them. I’ll definitely try these soon!

  47. Joyce says

    Wow, these ingredients are all my favorites. I never thought about using mango to make energy bites. What a fantastic idea! It sounds so perfect for the summer. I’m in love with mint flavor these days so I probably will sneak some mint leaves in those. :D Thanks for sharing! Love your beautiful photos as well!

  48. Sarah | Well and Full says

    These mango energy bites look like the perfect summery bite of goodness! I love that you used dried mango to make them, so yum! :D

  49. Emily @ Robust Recipes says

    Love mango! These look delicious and the perfect way to celebrate the first day of summer!!! :)

  50. Masha | Cardio with Carrots says

    Honestly…the more ways I can squeeze mango in my life…the better!! This sure sounds like a winning combination! Thanks

  51. Julia @ Sprinkles & Saturdays says

    These are so cute and look totally delicious as well! I need to play around with mangoes more and this seems like the perfect opportunity!

  52. Caroline says

    I love that this is not a peanut butter energy ball. Don’t get me wrong, I love those but this is something different!

  53. Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow says

    Hey Dana! These looks so good, I just love your beautiful array of ingredients on the board to, so beautiful. I need some more mangoes!! <3

  54. Janine says

    This is such a nice arragement in the Pictures. I never tried out mango in Bites. Must be really good because of the fruity flavor. How long can I Keep them in the fridge? xoxo Janine

  55. Natalie | Feasting on Fruit says

    The taste of dried mango is amazing but I am not a fan of the tough texture, so this is the perfect way to solve that dilemma! I’m loving the tropical flavors and photos too!

  56. Katie says

    These look awesome! I make energy bites (I call ’em powerballs) fairly often, but I’ve never even considered using mango. I’ve also never put a batch in the freezer– but it would make those busy weeks a little easier.

    • Tom ~ Raise Your Garden says

      Mango was off my radar as well. These look like the TimBits donuts I get near the local donut shop near my house. Coconut just gives that necessary crunch on the outside. But I’m guess these are a whole lot healthier than the donuts I’m pounding with my coffee in the morning.

  57. Erin@WellPlated says

    YAY for summer! These look like the perfect treat to celebrate, plus I have a whole bag of hemp seeds just waiting to be used. Hope you guys had a sunny, joyful solstice day!