Setting a Vanilla Cake Bite covered in coconut onto a wood cutting board
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No Bake Vanilla Cake Bites

Energy-packed date & walnut cake bites infused with vanilla and coconut. The result is an easy-to-make, tender snack bite that tastes like vanilla cake! Just 6 ingredients and 1 food processor required!
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 16 (bites)
Category: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week


  • 1 1/4 cups packed pitted medjool dates (measured after pits removed)
  • 1 1/4 cups raw walnuts
  • 1 cup almond flour (or sub almond meal, but the cake flavor is more pronounced with flour)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour (or sub more almond flour)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract*
  • Finely shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)


  1. Add pitted dates to a food processor and mix until small bits remain or a ball forms. Remove from food processor and set aside.
  2. To the food processor, add the walnuts, almond flour, coconut flour, and sea salt. Blend until a semi-fine meal is achieved. Add dates back in (in bite-sized pieces) as well as the vanilla extract. Pulse until a loose dough forms. Be careful not to over-blend. You're looking for a pliable dough, not a purée.

  3. Scoop out 2-Tablespoon amounts using a cookie scooper (like this one) and roll into balls with hands or release lever on scoop and place directly on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat until all dough is used up. 
  4. Roll in finely shredded coconut or leave as is. Store in refrigerator or freezer. Will keep in the refrigerator up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 1 month. You could also press the "dough" into a loaf or 8x8-inch cake pan and slice into bars.


*Can sub 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or paste per 2 tsp vanilla extract.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 16 bites without optional ingredient.
*Recipe inspired by my girl Shut the Kale Up and adapted from the lovely Alison Wu's Walnut Cardamom Bliss Balls.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 16)