Salted Cashew Caramel Energy Bites

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Bowl filled with Cashew Caramel Date Bites

We’re no strangers to date bites around here, but these may just top them all. Strong claim, but with good reason. If you love the flavors of buttery cashews, salted caramel, and coconut, you’re going to love these energy bites!

Just 4 ingredients and 10 minutes required for these naturally sweetened, plant-based gems that are perfect for on-the-go snacking, pre- or post-workout fuel, or a healthier dessert! Let us show you how it’s done.

Cashews, medjool dates, shredded coconut, and sea salt

It starts with medjool dates to provide the sweet, sticky, caramelly base. Cashews and shredded coconut add richness and texture. And sea salt takes them into salted caramel goodness land. Swoon!

Food processor with pitted dates, shredded coconut, cashews, and sea salt

These simple ingredients are blended up in a food processor.

Food processor of Salted Cashew Caramel Energy Bite dough

Then scooped into adorable bite-sized portions (we use this small cookie scoop for ease).

Salted Cashew Caramel Energy Bite dough in a small cookie scoop

And rolled into balls! That’s assuming they make it this far before sneaking into your mouth.

Clay and ceramic tray filled with date bites, sea salt, cashews, and shredded coconut

We hope you LOVE these bites! They’re:

Salty-sweet
Quick & easy
Caramelly
Coconutty
Nutty
& Delicious!

Enjoy as an on-the-go snack, pre- or post-workout fuel, or a healthier dessert! They’d also pair well with a glass of dairy-free milk.

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Salted Caramel Date Energy Bite sitting next to a bowl of more date bites

Salted Cashew Caramel Energy Bites

Salty-sweet energy bites that evoke the flavors of salted cashew, caramel, and coconut! Just 4 ingredients required for this dreamy snack or healthier dessert.
Author Minimalist Baker
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Bowl filled with Salted Cashew Caramel Energy Bites topped with shredded coconut
4.97 from 32 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 9 (Energy Bites)
Course Dessert/Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed pitted dates (measured after pitting // we prefer medjool)
  • 1/3 cup roasted unsalted cashews (if nut-free, sub seed of choice, such as hemp or sunflower // raw cashews are also fine // if your nuts are salted, add less salt to the mixture)
  • 1/4 cup desiccated or shredded unsweetened coconut (or sub half the amount in coconut flour and work your way up for more of a cake bite texture)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, plus more to taste

Instructions

  • To a food processor add pitted dates, cashews, coconut, and sea salt (adjust amount as needed if nuts are salted). 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 blended into a dough and starts to clump together (~30 seconds to 1 minute). If it’s too dry or crumbly and it doesn’t stick together when pressed between two fingers, add more pitted dates (just ensure your dates are sticky and fresh, or it will only further dry out the mixture.) If still dry and crumbly, you could add a bit of cashew butter to help them form (optional).
  • Scoop out 1 ½ Tbsp amounts (we love this scoop) and roll into balls. As the original recipe is written, ~9 balls.
  • Enjoy immediately or store leftovers covered in the refrigerator up to 1 week, or in the freezer up to 1 month. We prefer these right out of the fridge for best flavor and texture!

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Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 9 servings)

Serving: 1 energy bite Calories: 105 Carbohydrates: 18.8 g Protein: 1.3 g Fat: 3.8 g Saturated Fat: 1.7 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.41 g Monounsaturated Fat: 1.43 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 67 mg Potassium: 195 mg Fiber: 2 g Sugar: 15.2 g Vitamin A: 33.11 IU Vitamin C: 0.03 mg Calcium: 17.21 mg Iron: 0.58 mg

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  1. Nicole says

    These are delicious! One of my favorite bite recipes on here so far. I found that my cashews only broke down so much, and so the dough was fairly chunky and a bit hard to roll together even though it wasn’t dry, so next time I’ll buzz up the cashews in the food processor first to get smaller pieces before combining them with everything else.

  2. JoyEase says

    Wow! Elegant, indulgent, and nearly effortless. A true treat! I added some cashew butter right away and was absolutely satisfied.

  3. Nora says

    These were fantastic! The entire family really enjoyed them! I´d also like to thank you for this fantastic site. I recently had to drastically change my diet for health reasons and your website and the many recipes have been so so valuable for me. You are doing a great job with all these really yummy recipes – even my husband, a total carnivore, really enjoys them!

  4. Nicki Papadakis says

    I made these and they were so good! Very similar process as the brownie bites… easy, quick, and delicious!

  5. beth says

    i made these tonight and my dates were a little dry, so i added a tablespoon or so of tahini, and they came together beautifully. the tahini goes well with the flavor profile.

  6. Tracy says

    These are so good! I used deglet noor dates and replaced part of the cashews with sliced almonds and hemp seeds. What a forgiving recipe! Came out so rich and yummy and I didn’t even have to add any nut butter. Thank you for this recipe!

  7. Iralyn says

    Yummy and easy! I always double the recipe when making energy balls, since we have a family of 3 and they last a while. Great post-nap snack for my toddler! I did have to add a little more coconut/coconut flour to get my food processor to blend properly. Still turned out great!

  8. Sarah Varin says

    Simple AND tasty. Literally took 10 minutes. Exchanged the cashews for dry roasted salted almonds, and didn’t add salt.

  9. Shirley says

    My first recipe from the minimalist baker and it was a great hit with my family and friends. Modified nothing and used the suggestion of coconut flour in the recipe.
    Easy, accessible, packed with flavour!
    Can’t wait to make the next batch!

  10. Maggie says

    Delicious! I should of doubled the recipe. I did make a few modifications as I don’t like coconut. I used 1 1/2 tbsp of natural peanut butter and 1 tbsp of quick oats instead of coconut. Thank you!

  11. Bec says

    I swapped the coconut for salted caramel protein powder then rolled the balls in coconut. Super delish! I love all your recipes :)

  12. Dora Dean says

    Yum! These are delicious and so easy to make. I was impressed by just how carmely they are. I added 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice for fun.

  13. Luci says

    I subbed half of the dates for puffed brown rice to cut down on the sweetness. I made another batch and subbed half of the dates with rolled oats. They are both delicious! Thank you for an easy basic recipe that is forgiving of modifications.

  14. VICKY says

    Yum! These are so good and quick to make! I made them while waiting for your fluffy banana choc cookies to come out of the oven lol!
    Great healthy quick go to snack! Thank you!

  15. Juliana says

    This is the best thing I have ever eaten! Sweet and salty, amazing! And so so simple! This batch won’t last! Thank you!

  16. John says

    Sounds good, could add some raisins, craisins, I’d try a few prunes thrown in, be fun to experiment with this recipe..

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Sue! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers! xo

  17. Rodger Heckman says

    This is really awesome. Sweet with no added sugar. Won’t last long – make a double or triple batch, I used a Ninja professional smoothie mixer and pulsed it – worked perfectly

  18. Hannah says

    Wow! These are amazing! We didn’t have cashews and I prefer pecans anyway, so I subbed pecans. Also coated the balls in additional coconut and some chunky salt (we love salt). The result was so good– nutty and sweet and salty but best of all– HEALTHY!

  19. Petra says

    OMG these are sooooooo delicious 🤤 Doubled the amount right away as I had a feeling I was going to like these!
    Definitely take the time to roast the cashews. I blended them first with the salt then I added the coconut and finally the dates. Yummy thank you for this scrumptious treat! ♥️

    • Chloe says

      These are so simple and delicious! I had raw cashews and did not roast them. Additionally, my dates were a bit on the dryer side so I added about a Tbsp. of peanut butter and they still turned out so amazing! Will definitely make again, it has been very hard not to eat five every time I go grab one for a snack.

  20. Sierra says

    Wow these turned out amazing! I made them right after getting the email because they looked so yummy and I had all 4 ingredients on hand. I needed to run my food processor for a while to get everything smooth, about 2-3 minutes on low. I made these a little smaller (half size) because they are soooo flavorful. Looking forward to snacking on these for the next couple days 😋

  21. Jen says

    These remind me of the much more caloric Date Balls my grandmother made around the holidays. Thanks for the recipe!

  22. Jamie says

    What substitution would you suggest for the coconut flakes? Some in the family cannot have coconut, but otherwise the recipe sounds delicious. I know there are a whole array of other nuts out there, I was just hoping you already have a sub in mind.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      They are kind of central to the flavor / texture, but you could likely sub almond flour or hemp seeds?

  23. Laura says

    Oh my goodness, these are like candy! So good. I used the ratios in original recipe and was worried it wasn’t coming together, but I gave it a bit more time in the food processor, and they are so tasty!

  24. Hope says

    These are delicious and do taste like caramel. I added a tablespoon or so of nutpods creamer to get it to bind .( I do the same with 3 ingredient no bake peanut butter cookies.) will make again for sure! Thank you

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Lovely idea! Thanks for sharing, Hope! Next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers! xo

  25. Hannah says

    Hi! I have some really old dates that I’d like to use up. Do you think I could replump them in hot water and then use them in this recipe? Thanks!

  26. Bianca says

    Could I do half coconut and half salted caramel protein powder? Would the protein powder resemble the coconut flour texture or do you think it would alter the texture too much?

  27. Kathy says

    Question about using raw cashews

    I saw this from Medical News Today.com and now I’m not sure about raw cashews. What do you think?

    Raw cashews are not safe to eat, as they contain a substance known as urushiol, found in poison ivy. Urushiol is toxic, and contact with it can trigger a skin reaction in some people.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Follow your intuition here. They personally never give me bad reactions. But if you’d rather avoid, sub another nut such as almonds or walnuts (though the flavor will be totally different).

  28. Ricardo Pinela says

    Just made this today, straight my fav energy bites ever, Im taking one before my morning workout or on bike rides, I added a table spoon of hemp seeds for that extra nutrition and used coconut flour. thank you!