Orange Cardamom Energy Bites (No-Bake!)

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Bowl filled with cashew cardamom orange energy bites

Okay friends, there’s a new energy bite in town and it’s on major repeat in our kitchen. It’s no secret that we love cardamom (hello, chai!) and orange (juice, anyone?), but when we combined them with our Salted Cashew Caramel Energy Bites, something magical happened, and the Orange Cardamom Energy Bite was born! (Happy birthday, bites!)

These bites are sweet, zesty, and decadent and perfect for a quick snack or sweet treat after dinner. Just 6 ingredients, 15 minutes, and 1 food processor stand between you and these delicious bites! Let us show you how it’s done!

Coconut sugar, salt, orange zest, cashews, medjool date, cardamom, and coconut

How to Make Orange Cardamom Energy Bites

These bites are seriously simple to make! First, you’ll gather a handful of ingredients:

  • Medjool dates – sweet dried dates provide the naturally sweetened, sticky base that tastes like caramel and supplies potassium, magnesium, and more. We love you, dates!
  • Cashews and coconut – packed with healthy fats and fiber, this duo balances the stickiness of the dates and makes these bites filling and nourishing.
  • Sea salt – sea salt + caramel…need we say more?
  • Cardamom – originating in India, this fragrant spice works beautifully in baking but has also been used medicinally for its digestive health benefits and more!
  • Orange zest – a beautiful pairing for cardamom, orange zest adds a subtle orange flavor, but did you know it’s good for you, too?
Food processor with cashews, coconut, dates, salt, and orange zest

Then you’ll process them until the cashews are crumbly and the mixture sticks together when pressed between your fingers.

Energy bite dough in a food processor

Next, you’ll roll the “dough” into balls.

Energy bites scattered around a platter and on a tray

And optionally, roll them in a sweet and zesty coating of orange zest, shredded coconut, and coconut sugar. Swoon!

Orange cardamom energy bites on a ceramic platter next to a bowl of orange zest, coconut, and coconut sugar

We hope you LOVE these energy bites! They’re:

Sweet
Zesty
Warming
Decadent
Rich
& SO Delicious!

We love having them around for a sweet treat after meals or as an afternoon snack! They pair beautifully alongside a chai latte or cup of coffee.

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Wooden tray of orange cardamom energy bites with some coated in orange zest and coconut

Orange Cardamom Energy Bites (No-Bake!)

Sweet, zesty, decadent energy bites infused with orange zest and cardamom! Perfect for a quick snack or healthier dessert. Just 6 ingredients, 15 minutes, and 1 food processor required!
Author Minimalist Baker
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Wood tray with orange cardamom energy bites with some coated in an orange coconut topping
4.93 from 38 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 16 (Bites)
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (packed) pitted dates* (measured after pitting // 11 medjool dates yield ~1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted cashews (if nut-free, sub seed of choice, such as hemp or sunflower)
  • 1/2 cup desiccated or shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 3/4 – 1 ½ tsp ground cardamom (depending on the freshness of your cardamom, and your personal preference)
  • 1/2 tsp (packed) orange zest*

TOPPING optional

  • 1 tsp (packed) orange zest
  • 3 Tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar

Instructions

  • To a food processor add pitted dates, cashews, coconut, sea salt, cardamom, and orange zest. Note: If you don’t have a food processor you can try using a blender, but dates can be tough for blenders due to their sticky nature, so use a low speed if possible and pulse rather than blending.
  • Pulse until the mixture is broken down and crumbly — we like to stop before it becomes completely dough-like so that the bites maintain some texture. It should stick together when pressed between two fingers; if still dry and crumbly, continue processing until it is sticky enough to form into a ball. Taste and adjust as needed, adding more cardamom, orange zest, or salt to taste.
  • If using the coconut coating, prepare that at this time. In a small bowl, combine the orange zest, desiccated coconut, and coconut sugar. Now it’s time to roll the balls!
  • Scoop out 1-Tbsp amounts and roll into balls. As the original recipe is written, ~16 balls. If using the coating, roll the balls in the coating until generously covered.
  • Enjoy immediately or store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week, or in the freezer up to 1 month. We enjoy these right out of the fridge or after sitting at room temperature for 5-10 minutes.

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Notes

*If your dates are especially dry and stiff, soak them in water for a few minutes, then drain thoroughly and pat dry before use (they shouldn’t be watery when added).
*1 orange yields ~1 tsp orange zest.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 16 servings)

Serving: 1 energy bite Calories: 76 Carbohydrates: 11.4 g Protein: 1.1 g Fat: 3.6 g Saturated Fat: 1.8 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4 g Monounsaturated Fat: 1.2 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 6 mg Potassium: 126 mg Fiber: 1.4 g Sugar: 8.7 g Vitamin A: 18 IU Vitamin C: 0.1 mg Calcium: 11 mg Iron: 0.4 mg

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  1. Anita Barnes says

    OMG! These are amazing and the best energy bites I’ve ever had. Simple, not too sweet, and so many exciting flavours!

  2. Sara says

    Omg these are soooo good!!! Thank you for this amazing recipe! Already planning to make them again for friends 😄

  3. Tay says

    Hello Dana and Team,

    I just made the recipe and tasted one, it was DELISH! SO GOOD! I had a question for the coconut – can we leave that out? I do not have a food processor and my blender is not great at blending dessicated coconut.

    K

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Tay! Coconut is somewhat central to the flavor here, but you could experiment with almond flour, oats, or hemp seeds. Hope that helps!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Joanna, sorry to hear that was your experience! This recipe is a reader favorite, so we wonder if something could have gone wrong? Is it possible you used a different type of dates? Medjool dates should make it quite sweet.

  4. Samantha says

    YUM! These energy bites are the perfect hit of fresh orange flavor and chewy, satiating and surprising from the cardamom. I added 3/4 tsp of the spice into my mix and it gave off the perfect note of flavor. A good food processor will make quick work of the pulsing and combining of ingredients. Definitely adding these to my snack arsenal.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Genevieve, we haven’t tried this with walnuts but they should work well. They do tend to have a stronger flavor than cashews (sometimes slightly bitter?) but if you like the taste of walnuts it should be fine! Let us know how it goes!

  5. Nicola says

    Fabulous! second time of making. come together so fast! I made it to share with a team (mixed eaters, all of them loved these) I increased the zest by a little and the cardamom too. perfect!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We’re so glad everyone enjoyed the bites. Thank you for sharing, Nicola! xo

  6. Monika says

    Wow these have to be my favourite energy balls I’ve ever made! The orange cuts through the usual sweetness of the dates. So so delicious!

  7. Barbara says

    Absolutely delicious!! Followed recipe exactly along with a little squeeze of the orange juice after zesting. It helped them come together just a tad more. Rolled in hemp seeds. Love!

  8. Susanne says

    Delicious. I love cardamom and coconut. Putting my new food processor to good use. I used roasted, salted cashews and left out the salt. The dates were very fresh so they had enough moisture to bind everything.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ooo nice! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Susanne!

  9. Kate says

    These are simply divine! I have always loved cardamom, but have never had it with orange zest… rocked my world :) Super easy and love no bake recipes

  10. CindyMac1 says

    FYI, several of the last recipes , when I go to save as a pdf onto my desktop don’t capture the image even though it is selected. I wasn’t sure if it was from your side or mine. LOL.
    Have a blessed day!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi, thanks for letting us know! We’re working on this issue and hope to have it resolved soon. Sorry for the inconvenience!

  11. Melissa says

    I wonder if there is a substitute for the orange zest? The essential oils in orange zest coat the stomach and block nutrients from passing through. These kook fantastic and I can’t wait to try working with dates, which I’ve never done. But I can’t do the orange zest.

  12. Alessia says

    I just love these so much. They have such a distinct flavour that I don’t think I would get tired of them!
    I feel like they would be amazing to eat after a curry! The aroma of the orange+cardamom together with the natural sweetness just make it the perfect post-Indian lunch!
    Or at tea time treat 🥰
    Huge plus: so quick and easy to make!! In fact I’ll be making them every weekend 👀

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Ooo yes – that would be a delicious pairing! We’re so glad you enjoy them, Alessia! xoxo

  13. Allison says

    I made these last week and my mom and I loved them! So this week I’m making a double batch. 😂 They’re sooo good for snacking! They taste like candy.

  14. Laura Bergstrom says

    I tried these immediately after making them, and wasn’t blown away. But after letting the flavors meld overnight, they were amazing! Great sweet treat!

  15. Gerry says

    These are very easy and YUMMY. I love the combination of flavors! I don’t have a food processor but have a mini chopper that kind of works like a food processor, so I divided the ingredients in half to mix 2 batches, it worked great. I did a mix of cashews and hemp seeds, and pressed into a pyrex as someone suggested and made squares- love that tip! I also used deglet noor dates because that’s what I have and still yummy! Next time I will try adding some cinnamon too.

    These were a bit sweet for me and I’m wondering if you have any tips on that? Perhaps decreasing the dates a bit and adding more coconut or nuts/seeds might work? But then would there not be enough to make the balls stick together if I decrease the dates some? Does the type of date make a difference in sweetness?

    Thank you for a quick, easy and tasty recipe and thank you in advance for your help!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Gerry, thank you so much for sharing your experience! You should be able to get away with adding more coconut or nuts/seeds as long as you’re using dates that are nice and sticky. Medjool dates are typically sweeter than deglet noor, but perhaps a flavor difference was also at play? Hope that helps!

  16. June says

    Just made this tonight and they’re so tasty. My husband doesn’t like coconut so I used hemp hearts in the mixture instead and then just rolled the bunch for me in coconut. Came out really tasty. Do you think adding ginger might be good or is that an overload of flavor? Just wondering if anyone has tried it.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! So glad you enjoyed these, June. We haven’t tried this with ginger, but we think a small amount might be yummy!

  17. Lisa says

    This recipe is ! It’s quick and easy to make and it tastes so good. I did omit the sugar from the topping because I thought it would make the balls too sweet. The sweetness of the dates was enough for me. I will definitely make these again and try some of the variations suggested in the other comments.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy them, Lisa! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modification! xo

  18. Julie says

    These almost killed my Ninja, but they were worth it. They’re extremely good!

    I’ve made these twice now and the second time I chopped the dates before processing (1/2 inch pieces). No overheated motor this time!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Julie! We haven’t used a Ninja but have heard it can be more finicky – so glad you got it to work! Thank you for sharing!

  19. Rozalyn Lilley says

    I made these tonight with a combination of cashews & hemp hearts, & they turned out amazing! They taste so good, I feel like I’m being naughty! Thanks so much for the recipe!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Lucy! They might change the flavor slightly, but they should work. Let us know how it goes!

  20. Shelly says

    Delicious– subbed lemon zest for orange (because that’s what I had on hand) and they were still tasty. Did not roll in toppings because they were good already (and I was lazy!) Also, used a small cookie dough scooper to make shaping into balls fairly easy. Thanks for another great recipe!

  21. Happy Dancer says

    These are incredibly dry and difficult to form into balls. Tasty but too dry. I will not make this recipe again.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so sorry to hear they didn’t turn out right for you! Other readers have been loving these so we wonder if something went wrong? What type of dates were you using? We recommend medjool for best results. Were your dates dry and stiff? If so, it’s best to soak them in water for a few minutes, then drain thoroughly and pat dry before use.

  22. Pat says

    Really loved this recipe! I should’ve tasted the orange zest first because mine turned out a tiny bit bitter from the zest, but it’s not super noticeable. I think next time I’ll use some orange flavoring instead!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thank you for sharing, Pat! If any of the white pith from the peel got in there, that can cause bitterness. Hope that helps!

  23. Kathy says

    I used dried prunes instead of dates because that is what I had in my kitchen. Perhaps it is better with prunes because they are not as sweet as dates. The recipe was simple and easy to follow.

  24. Alison says

    So good!
    I added some cocao nibs and oats – amazing recipe. Now on to the salted caramel bites, then the peanut butter cup bites! :-)

    • Allison says

      Would you mind sharing your measurements for the cacao nibs and oats? Also, did you process them in the food processor or use them as a topping or…? I was thinking of doing same thing!

      • Alison says

        I never measure, which is why I love these recipes over baking! I guess it was probably 2tbs of cocao nibs and about 1/3c of oats, added to the food processor.

  25. Virginie says

    I made this tonight and it’s really a nice recipe ! It’s delicious and I like the combination of the different flavours.
    I think it’s the first time that I made energy balls and I think that I will explore other recipes soon !
    My friend was kind of laughing at me because the process seemed strange to him … and then he wanted to taste … and he found that it was delicious 😋
    (Me 💪)

  26. Tania says

    I did the lazy version of this and just pressed it into a rectagular Pyrex dish to cut into squares. I skipped the topping, upped the orange a bit and used hemp hearts. I tend to make these date-based energy snacks chocolatey, but this was a really nice refreshing twist, perfect for a little afternoon treat. Thanks for another winner :)

  27. Jennifer says

    Love cardamom! These are very good and easy. I soaked my raw cashews as that has been what I’ve been doing for years when eating them raw. The topping is a must! 1 tsp of coconut sugar is fine. Will make again!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Paula, we haven’t tested it with other sweeteners, but we think brown sugar or cane sugar would work. The topping is also optional, so feel free to omit that part if preferred. Hope that helps!

  28. Erin says

    These are fast and easy to make and delicious!!!! They’re the perfect little sweet nugget of goodness. Thank you MB!

  29. Gail Marcotte says

    These were especially easy to make! However they were quite dry. I figured that out on the first one lol
    So I added about 1-1 1/2 tblsp of orange juice. It was smooth sailing after that. Very good!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad they turned out well with that modification! If your dates are dry/old, that could be contributing. Hope that helps for next time!

  30. joe says

    Hi made this today..Wonderful.
    I used a mincer to grind all in a jiffy. The kind you fix to a table top etc feed anything to be minced and turn the handle. As easy as that. Mother used it a lot when we were kids to chop almonds. We had nothing else. I loved turning the handle with all my strength! No plastic or alum just sturdy iron.
    God bless.

  31. Holly says

    These are epic! I love all your recipes for these no cook balls so I thought I would give it a try. I’m so glad I did! My husband raved about them too. I didn’t have an orange on hand so I used organic (okay to ingest) orange essential oil but I bet it would be even better with the zest. Can’t wait to try it that way! Thanks guys

  32. McCall says

    Amazing! One of my favorite no-bake bites to date. Orange + fresh ground cardamom = divine. Thank you as always for sharing the simple goodness.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Whoop! Agreed – such a delicious combo! Thank you for your kind words and lovely review! xo

  33. Michelle W says

    These are delicious and even better after chilled in the fridge. I had to add two additional dates over the 11. That did the trick. Perfect and easy. We love a two-bite treat that is filling and yummy!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Laura, we think they’re kind of central to the flavor / texture, but you may be able to sub almond flour, oats, or hemp seeds. Hope that helps!

      • Donna says

        Can I substitute something else for maybe half the dates? Or even all the dates? My husband can only tolerate a small amount.
        Thanks in advance.

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Donna, not sure if he can do other dried fruits, but we think dried apricots could work. Hope that helps!

  34. Gary says

    Hello Guys

    I plan on making these as soon as I can, is it best to use Cardamom pods ground or can the same result be made with powdered Cardamom.
    I have just discovered your website and plan on making many of your recipes.

    All the very best

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Gary, that’s so great to hear! We recommend ground (powdered) cardamom. Let us know how you like them!

  35. karen says

    OMG!! These are soooo good!! Thank you so much for sharing. I immediately decided to double the recipe assuming I had all the ingredients, but then realized I was a bit short on dates. I substituted the missing dates with golden raisins and all was fine :) I’ve made a lot of your wonderful nut/date style desserts/bites, and am grateful for a healthier dessert.

  36. Ashley says

    This flavor combo is amazing! I didn’t use any of the toppings – they aren’t needed! I went with the 1.5 tsp of cardamom because mine was old. Perfection!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      A Ninja might struggle with the dates! Perhaps you could pulse the nuts and coconut in the Ninja, chop the dates, and then combine in a bowl? It won’t have quite the same texture, but would still be tasty!

  37. Suneera says

    The flavor is so yummy and reminds me of many Indian sweets. One thing I didn’t realize is that the cardamom has to be ground first because it doesn’t break up well with everything else. I had some shelled but not ground. Next time I’ll grind them up in my spice grinder before I add it to the rest.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Stacey, we think they’re kind of central to the flavor / texture, but you may be able to sub almond flour, oats, or hemp seeds. Hope that helps!

  38. Alice Wootton says

    I’m wondering if I could substitute almond pulp for the cashews. I have loads of pulp taking over my kitchen. These look scrumptious!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Alice, we find that since almond pulp adds more moisture, it works best in energy bites that use fewer dates. You could use this recipe as a guide. Hope that helps!