Salted Cashew Caramel Energy Bites

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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.

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!

These simple ingredients are blended up in a food processor.

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

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

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 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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4.98 from 46 votes
Prep Time 10minutes
Total Time 10minutes
Servings 9(Energy Bites)
Course Dessert/Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week

Ingredients

  • 1cuppacked pitted dates (measured after pitting // we prefer medjool)
  • 1/3cuproasted 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)
  • 1/4cupdesiccated or shredded unsweetened coconut (or sub half the amount in coconut flour and work your way up for more of a cake bite texture)
  • 1/4tspsea 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: 1energy biteCalories: 105Carbohydrates: 18.8gProtein: 1.3gFat: 3.8gSaturated Fat: 1.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.41gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.43gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 67mgPotassium: 195mgFiber: 2gSugar: 15.2gVitamin A: 33.11IUVitamin C: 0.03mgCalcium: 17.21mgIron: 0.58mg

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  1. Rebeccasays

    Hi there,
    I don’t have a food processor. Could I get the same results if I used a blender instead?

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Rebecca, we find dates struggle a bit in a blender. But if you go slowly (pulse) and move them around as needed, it might be okay! Once the dates are blended, you could try transferring to a bowl if it’s getting stuck. Hope that helps!

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  2. Hana Sarwarsays

    I really want to make these! Could I possibly use salted roasted almonds instead of cashews? I understand they will obviously be different.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Hana! We haven’t tried this with roasted almonds and we aren’t sure how it would turn out.. cashews are much softer which is helpful here, and the roasted flavor of the almonds might not work. No promises, though! Let us know how it goes if you give it a try!

      Reply
  3. Pennysays

    Hi, I’m keen on making this but can’t eat nuts at the moment. What could I sub it with instead?

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Penny, we’d suggest using seed(s) of choice, such as a combination of hemp, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds. Hope that helps!

      Reply
  4. Clairesays

    Once again, another outstanding MB recipe! I used a bit more dates so they turned out rather sticky, but the flavor with raw, unsalted cashews was still excellent. Definitely will make again!

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  5. Alexasays

    I was desperate for a little sweet something, and gave these a try – only took a few minutes to make. I added a capful of vanilla extract, and rolled the finished balls in desiccated coconut. They were delicious alongside slices of fresh crisp apple – thank-you so much!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Alexa! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Sarah! Unfortunately we don’t think that prunes would yield the same results here, they have a stronger flavor and aren’t always as sticky as dates. But do let us know how it goes if you give it a try! xo

      Reply
  6. Katesays

    These are divine! So fast and easy to make and fantastic as a healthy desert or sweet snack. The mixture was a bit dry, so I followed one of the other reader comments and added 2 T tahini and they turned out amazing! Thanks for another great recipe!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Yumm, thanks for sharing your experience, Kate! We’re so glad you enjoyed. xo

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  7. Angela~says

    Delicious! Perfect combination of sweet and salty! Bonus no need to feel guilty eating these sweets.

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  8. Rachelsays

    These are wonderful! I don’t have a food processor so I chopped up the dates and added them LAST to my Vitamix. The mixture came together nicely by pulsing (vs. blending) as recommended — thanks for this simple and delicious recipe!

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  9. Ashleysays

    Yum! Love anything with a nut/date mixture. Not sure why I never thought of cashews! Delicious 🤤

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    • Carrie Scottsays

      I made these today and they were a little sticky so I rolled them in cacao powder. Instead of sticky fingers we had chocolate fingers. I gave them out to friends visiting, none of which could believe they were healthy and so easy to make !! 😀

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      • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

        We’re so glad everyone enjoyed them, Carrie! Thank you for sharing! If they’re a little too sticky next time, adding more cashews should help =)

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Callie! Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

      Reply
  10. Kristinasays

    I just made these today and they are absolutely delicious!!! The perfect combination of salty and sweet! Thank you for sharing this recipe! I look forward to more from you! 🙃💕💕

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Kristina! Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

      Reply
  11. Caleysays

    SO. GOOD. wish I had more dates to double the batch! so simple and delicious. didn’t have coconut on hand so subbed oats. pulsed cashews and oats a bit before adding dates (had to soak them a bit!). came together beautifully and I know they won’t last long in this house! another winning recipe from you :) thanks!

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  12. Nicolesays

    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.

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  13. JoyEasesays

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

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  14. Norasays

    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!

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  15. Nicki Papadakissays

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

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Nicki! Thanks for the lovely review! xo

      Reply
  16. bethsays

    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.

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  17. Tracysays

    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!

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  18. Iralynsays

    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!

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  19. Sarah Varinsays

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

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  20. Shirleysays

    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!

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  21. Maggiesays

    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!

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  22. Becsays

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

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  23. Dora Deansays

    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.

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  24. Lucisays

    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.

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  25. VICKYsays

    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!

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  26. Julianasays

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

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  27. Johnsays

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

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      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

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  28. Rodger Heckmansays

    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

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  29. Hannahsays

    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!

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  30. Petrasays

    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! ♥️

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  31. Deesays

    Sweet, salty, sticky and easy to make? These bliss balls are super tasty! I might add more cashews next time.

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Lovely! Yes, if your dates are super fresh and sticky you may need more cashews. xo!

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    • Chloesays

      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.

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  32. Sierrasays

    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 😋

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  33. Jensays

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

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  34. Jamiesays

    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.

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

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

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  35. Laurasays

    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!

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  36. Hopesays

    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

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      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

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  37. Izzahsays

    Immediately made these. Perfectly balanced flavors and all 4 ingredients created dimension. Thank you!

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  38. Hannahsays

    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!

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  39. Biancasays

    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?

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  40. Kathysays

    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.

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      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).

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Perhaps but they will be much wetter so you’ll likely need additional coconut!

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  41. Ricardo Pinelasays

    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!

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