Sweetened with dried fruit and full of healthy fats, these easy Mango Coconut Energy Bites are both mom and kid approved!
We always have a batch of energy balls on hand in our house.
Energy balls are just the perfect, portable snack that our entire family enjoys.
Plus, I love how versatile they are.
The possibilities are endless!
Today I'm adding another bite flavor to my blog's repertoire with these Mango Coconut Energy Bites.
You're going to love them!
What Are Energy Balls?
If you're new to the amazingness of energy balls, you may get confused as there are so many different names for them.
Some of the most common names are energy balls, energy bites, power balls, protein balls, and bliss balls. They're all similar in that they are basically granola bars in ball form.
However, while granola bars can be both chewy and crunchy, energy bites are often only chewy or soft as the ingredients need to stick together in ball form. This makes them perfect for little ones who don't have many teeth.
As a mom I especially love energy bites because they are easy to make, they last a long time in the fridge, they travel well and are easily adaptable so you can constantly be trying new flavor combinations.
Ingredients You'll Need Energy Bites
Energy bites are so versatile and I find that the recipes often fall into one of two categories.
There are dried fruit and nuts ones (kind of like Larabars) and there are nut butter and oatmeal ones.
Dried fruit and nut energy bites (like today's recipe) often require a food processor as the ingredients need to be broken down into a sticky dough. The nut butter and oatmeal ones can simply be made by mixing all of the ingredients together in a bowl.
You can get so creative with energy bite recipes using various dried fruits, nuts and seeds, nut butters, spices and add-ins. The possibilities are endless!
These Mango Coconut Energy Bites call for a short list of ingredients.
I'll list out everything you'll need below:
- Medjool dates, pitted
- Dried mango, chopped
- Shredded coconut
- Ground ginger
- Sea salt
How to Make Homemade Energy Bites
Like I mentioned above, these dried fruit and nut energy bites require a food processor to make.
To make these, simply follow the step-by-step instructions and you'll be on your way to enjoying a delicious, sweet snack in no time!
- Step 1: Place the walnuts in a food processor and process until a course meal forms.
- Step 2: Add in the remaining ingredients and process until a sticky, uniform dough forms. The dough should be moist and hold together when pressed between your fingers. If it's still crumbly, process the ingredients a while longer.
- Step 3: Roll the dough into balls.
How to Store Leftover Energy Bites
Energy bites are a great snack to double or triple and store for later.
Fridge: To store energy bites in the fridge, simply place them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Freezer: If you want your energy bites to last longer, you can also freeze them. Place the bites on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer for 1-2 hours. Then transfer the partially frozen bites to a freezer-safe zip-lock bag and freeze them for up to 3 months.
When you're ready to enjoy the frozen energy bites, allow them to thaw overnight in the fridge.
Other Energy Bite Recipes
As energy bites are so versatile, I already have lots of different recipes for them on my blog.
Be sure to check out the different energy bite recipes below and let me know which flavor combination is your favorite!
Mango Coconut Energy Bites (Mom and Kid Approved!)
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup medjool dates pitted
- ½ cup dried mango chopped
- ¼ cup shredded coconut
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- Pinch sea salt
- Place the walnuts in a food processor and process until a course meal forms.
- Add in the remaining ingredients and process until a sticky, uniform dough forms. The dough should be moist and hold together when pressed between your fingers. If it's still crumbly, process the ingredients a while longer.