RECIPE: Raw Power Bites

RECIPE: Raw Power Bites

I recently tried a fruity energy bite from the store the other day and while I really enjoyed it, I was bummed that they added some unnecessary ingredients. I couldn’t get the idea out of my head, so I ran straight to the kitchen and began to run some trials. If you don’t like dates, this recipe obviously isn’t for you. Josh isn’t the biggest date fan, so these were a bit much for him…more for me though!

Sweet, slightly caramel-y, a bit decadent, but 100% fruit-sweetened! You can enjoy them chopped up and sprinkled over a smoothie bowl for breakfast, as a quick on-the-go snack, post workout bite or a healthy dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth.

RAW POWER BITES: {raw, gluten-free, soy-free, oat-free, vegan, oil-free}

Makes 12 balls

What you need:

  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates (approx 10-12)
  • 1/4 cup fruit-sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
  • 2 Tablespoons raw sesame seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons dried mulberries
  • 2 Tablespoons dried finely shredded coconut flakes

How to:

  1. In a food processor, mix together the dates, cranberries and raisins. This will take a bit of time – I bounced between pulsing and running it on low, while scraping the sides down frequently. You’re looking for a paste-like consistency.
  2. Finely grind your sesame seeds and sunflower seeds (I used a nut/spice grinder) and add to the food processor, along with cacao. Mix until well incorporated. See photos below.
  3. Next, using either a nut/spice grinder or clean coffee grinder, pulse the mulberries and coconut flakes to break them down into smaller pieces. Place in a small bowl.
  4. Then using a small cookie scoop form small balls and roll them in the mulberry-coconut mixture. This is a bit of a messy process as the balls are sticky, but the outer coating helps with that! If you don’t have a small cookie scoop, I’d form small balls just shy of a tablespoon measure.
  5. Place them on a parchment lined plate or small baking sheet and allow them to set for a bit in the fridge. For a much firmer bite, place in the freezer. Keep any uneaten bites chilled (we keep ours in a sealed glass container in the fridge).
RECIPE: Raw Power Bites
Finely ground sesame seeds and sunflower seeds.
RECIPE: Raw Power Bites
Dates, raisins, cranberries combined into a paste…doesn’t need to be totally smooth, unless you want it to be.
RECIPE: Raw Power Bites
After mixing in the ground seeds and cacao – it gets a bit darker in color. If you find it to be difficult to combine, you can add a drizzle of liquid sweetener or a splash of milk.

Other variations…

Add raw maqui powder (or acai) to the “dough”

Roll the balls in some cacao nibs or cacao

For an even sweeter bite, add in some maple syrup or coconut nectar.

RECIPE: Raw Power Bites

RECIPE: Raw Power Bites


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14 thoughts

    1. Yay! I can’t wait to hear what you think!! And you can easily leave out the teaspoon of cacao so your anti-chocolate hubby might eat them, too! Happy weekend, my friend! xo ❤


    1. Thank you, Sophia! We love having things like this on hand…helps to curb the hangries and super kid-friendly…unless your kiddos inspect their food a lot 😉 Willow was doing great with these until she saw the chunks of cranberry in the center! Ha!

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    1. Me too! Having an abundance of snacks available is a must and these have become a favorite of mine. I’m making a new batch this weekend for Willow…with chocolate chips, of course! Hope you’re getting outside this weekend to play! And I hope Audrey is loving her new rain boots. ❤


  1. Well I am crazy about dates so these are definitely for me! The entire batch, all for me hehe 🙂 That gooey fruity food processor shot looks so tantalizing, I just might get stuck at that step! But actually the seedy coating is perfect because I am trying to eat sesame and sunflower seeds daily now for hormone balancing and I need delicious ways to get them in. Although I might have to go all raisins, because I don’t think I can find cranberries without tons of sugar around here. This is perfect!

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    1. These have your name written all over them!! I’ll admit, I did eat some of the gooey fruity center all on its own before rolling it in mulberries and coconut…so caramel-y! We have a bunch of raw sesame seeds in the fridge and I had intended on trying my hand at homemade tahini, I opted to throw some in this fruity treat instead. I’ve been trying to consume more seeds these days, too! It is SO hard to find fruit sweetened cranberries!! I’ve only been able to find them at the natural food stores. Let me know if you give these a try with just raisins! I’m making another batch soon with more chocolate for Willow and I might try it with just raisins and dates since she was turned off by the cranberry chunks 😉


  2. These look great Mandy!! I love seeing all the different energy ball versions around! Love the seeds you added and the color. These treats are the best because you can always tailor make them to your own desires! These look perfect!!

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    1. Thank you, Brandi! I’ve been trying to revamp my old protein bites recipe that i have on the blog, since it contains oats, but haven’t quite got that one down…but these fruity ones are delicious! And I agree! The best part about treats like these is that you can adjust them to your liking (more chocolate, add nuts, make them sweeter, etc.). Thanks, again!!! ❤


  3. These sound like little fruity-seedy bites of heaven ❤ I love homemade power bites. Surprised to hear Josh doesn't like dates though. Is he human?! Just kidding. My husband doesn't like most sweet anything… But still somehow I'm surprised… dates? Really? 🙂 They're so delicious. I don't know what I'd do without them!

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    1. Hahaha! Right?! Funny thing is that these little snacks grew on him and he ended up bringing the last of the batch to work as his go-to snack! I used to despise dates actually…crazy to think about that considering I absolutely love them now! Thank you, Audrey! ❤


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