Coconut Cashew Energy Balls

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Cashew Coconut Energy Balls | Nutrition Stripped #glutenfree #vegan #raw #dessert #healthyrecipe

You guys have been requesting quick, healthy, and tasty snacks on the go, and this is one of my many answers to your questions and requests. These Coconut Cashew Energy Balls fit the bill! They’re nutrient and calorically dense to keep you fueled throughout the day or to help curb hunger. These energy balls are filled with fiber, plant-based protein, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats, especially those found from coconut! Give this a go the next time you’re jonesing for something sweet and simple to make.

Crazy for coconut

I have to be honest, my self-care post I shared a couple weeks ago about work-life balance has been put to the test with having little Luna in my life. It’s been such a beautiful experience, and I keep reminding myself that these are the times to implement my own advice and slow down from working so much and spend these vital weeks with her to get settled into our new life together. Honestly, it’s so hard to do! I’m used to working 10-12 hour days and pushing through, but it’s been a nice change of pace to cut back work to 4-6 hour days (for now!).

Cashews are great sources of copper, magnesium, protein, and fiber. If you love cashews, you’ll love this Classic Cashew Cheese or the Sweet Lemon Cashew Cream spread on bagel, toasts, or used as a dip for fresh fruit which is sublime. If you’re allergic to cashews you can use sunflower seed (and sunflower seed butter) or almonds. Otherwise always leave your question in the comments section so I can answer!

Coconut is one of my favorite foods and ingredients I think everyone should be eating more of. I’ve talked at length about coconut and coconut oil here on the blog which you can read more about here. Coconut oil is one of my favorite oils to use loaded with medium chain triglycerides, which as you remember are digested differently than “normal” long chain fatty acids like olive oil. MCT (medium chain triglycerides) make an appearance in the Turmeric Milk Latte and Coffee Elevated. Coconut oil not only makes them both frothy but also adds healthful fats that are utilized like carbohydrates, meaning quickly for energy. I recommend making a couple batches of this recipe at a time and storing half in the fridge for immediate use throughout the week and the other half in the freezer for later to thaw out when you’re in need of a “911” snack!

Cashew Coconut Energy Balls | Nutrition Stripped #glutenfree #vegan #raw #dessert #healthyrecipe

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Coconut Cashew Energy Balls
Recipe type: snack, dessert
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 24
A delicious portable snack made with healthy fats from cashews and coconut, perfect snack on the go.
  • 1 cup cashews, coarsely ground
  • 10 pitted dates, soaked in hot water to soften (water discarded)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons cashew butter
  • Dash of ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  1. In a high speed blender or food processor, grind all the ingredients (except shredded coconut) into a thick, moist dough. Pour into a large bowl and mix in shredded coconut until well combined.
  2. Firmly press 1 tablespoon of the dough into balls and put in the freezer on a plate or flat surface to firm, for about 20 minutes.
  3. Store in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for a month; make large batches to store snacks ahead of time.

Ingredients I used in this recipe: coconut oil, shredded coconut, cashew butter, cashews, and this container for storage (and to make extra for the freezer!).

Cashew Coconut Energy Balls | Nutrition Stripped #glutenfree #vegan #raw #dessert #healthyrecipeCashew Coconut Energy Balls | Nutrition Stripped #glutenfree #vegan #raw #dessert #healthyrecipe

So what’s your take?

Are you guys crazy for coconut-flavored anything? What about cashews, fan or not? Let me know what you think when you give this recipe a go! Leave a comment and rate it, rating helps me continue to improve recipes for you. I love seeing what you come up with so don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #nutritionstripped on Instagram for a chance to win something cool whenever I repost!

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  • Kelsey potter

    Hi! These look amazing! No coconut oil listed in the ingredients though – I’m excited to make these but was wondering about that. Thanks!!

    • Rie

      Coconut oil is the last ingredient, 1 Tablespoon 😉

  • Sara

    What is the nutrition information for these? Also made these and so delicious. I didn’t have dates or cashew butter so I used dried Turkish figs and almond butter.

    • McKel Hill

      Hi Sara! Have you checked out the FAQ where I share how to figure out the nutrition information? We’re still in the process of updating all of the recipes!

  • Melissa

    Sound delicious! Could there be a substitute for the dates though?

    • McKel Hill

      Dates hold the energy balls together so they’re needed but you can use less and add more almond butter to desired texture!

    • Kathrin Nash

      I used prunes instead as I didn’t have dates. Delicious!

      • Prunes don’t get enough attention, right? They’re so delicious and packed with fiber!

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  • Beth Mangum

    So good. I love the lemon zest! 5 stars from me!


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