One of our favorite cooking demo foods is making energy balls, energy bites or cookie bites.  These are all names for this type of energy bite that is so popular among our clients. Our culinary dietitian, Kaitlin Williams Eckstein, MPH, RD, LD  has actually developed recipes to mimic popular flavors of girl scout cookies. Did you know that our culinary dietitians create, prepare and photograph the recipes on our blog to encourage you to do the same. Give these Peanut Butter Energy Bites a try and let us know what you think in our comments section.

The Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bites recipe below tastes like a girl scout cookie and is filled with fabulous healthy secret ingredients.

Can you guess the secret ingredients in our chocolate peanut butter energy bites recipe?  Did I mention these cookie bites are gluten-free?  Our Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bites recipe includes dates, cashews and macadamia nuts.  These bites are not only delicious, they are packed with nutrition including protein from the nuts and peanut butter.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookie Bites

Course: Appetizers and Snacks, Desserts
Cuisine: American, Fun With Food
Keyword: Kid-friendly
Cooking Method: Food Processor
Condition: Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes, Gluten Free, Heart Health, Low Sodium, PCOS, Vegetarian
Servings: 5 servings


  • 8 dates
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup macadamias
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract pure
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup chocolate dark, melted


  • Soak dates in warm water for at least 10 minutes to soften.
  • In a food processor, add cashews, macadamias, and oats. Process until mixture reaches a fine, crumbly texture.
  • Add softened dates and vanilla to the food processor and blend until fully incorporated.
  • Pinch off about 1 Tbsp of the mixture and roll into a ball. Continue with remaining mixture. This should yield about 14 bites. Place each bite on a sheet of wax paper.
  • Place peanut butter in a small microwaveable bowl and microwave for 30 seconds, until melted. Drizzle bites with peanut butter and dark chocolate and let sit until fully set.


Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 341mg | Fiber: 5g

Looking for other energy bite recipes?

So, next time you are looking for a healthy recipe for your next party, how about giving making homemade energy bites a try.  These are delicious, easy to make, kid-friendly and definitely a crowd pleaser.  Let us know which is your favorite energy bite recipe?

Please note:

Nutrition info is an estimate and may contain errors.

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An award winning recipe developer, Dietitian Kaitlin’s mission is to empower others to reach their health goals by encouraging them to get back into the kitchen. Co-author of Nourished: 10 Ingredients to Happy, Healthy Eating and Cooking with Diabetes.