Tropical Energy Bites

These fruit-and nut-packed energy bites are the ideal grab-and-go snack, perfect for any time of day.

Photo: Darren Kemper

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Prep Time
20 min
20 min


  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw unsalted almonds
  • 3 oz unsweetened dried mango slices
  • 6 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup dried goji berries
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds


1. To a food processor, add walnuts and almonds. Process to the size of small gravel.

2. Using kitchen scissors or a sharp knife, cut mango into ¼-inch squares, yielding about 1 cup. To food processor with nuts, add mango, dates, goji berries, vanilla and ginger. Process until clumps form and mixture begins to stick together. Add coconut and chia; process briefly to incorporate, leaving some larger coconut pieces for texture. Transfer to a bowl.

3. Working with 1 tbsp of mixture, form into a ball, compacting firmly to ensure ball keeps its shape. Repeat with remaining mixture, making about 20 balls total. 

TIP: Tropical energy bites will keep for 2 weeks unrefrigerated and covered, or they can be kept in the freezer for long-term storage.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 2 bites
  • Calories 180
  • Carbohydrate Content 21 g
  • Cholesterol Content 0 mg
  • Fat Content 3 g
  • Fiber Content 4 g
  • Protein Content 4 g
  • Sodium Content 12 mg
  • Sugar Content 14 g
  • Trans Fat Content -2 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 3 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 4 g