These no-bake cannabis energy bites are a customizable
- An easy recipe that is completely customizable
- Multiple different infusion options to choose from
- Tips and tricks for making the best cannabis energy bites
Why You Will Love This Recipe
When we think of edibles, we almost always think of sweet treats.
Cannabis brownies and chocolate chip cookies are the most popular here on the blog.
While they are, of course, tasty and delicious, I have so many members of my Well With Cannabis Community who are always looking for healthier options.
In this post, I will show you how to make no-bake cannabis energy bites for a simple, healthy treat that you can prep ahead of time and enjoy on the go.
This post will show you how you can use your different infusions and extractions to make the perfect, customizable treat.
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- Rolled oats: old-fashioned rolled oats work better in this recipe than quick cook oats
- Nut butter: any type of nut butter you like, such as peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or hemp seed butter
- Dried fruit: any kind you like
- Liquid sweetener: such as honey, maple syrup, or agave
- Seeds: such as hemp seeds or sunflower seeds
- Cannabis oil: or your choice of cannabis infusions from the alternative infusion section below
- Spices: your choice, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or pumpkin pie spice
Note: a complete list of ingredients with amounts and printable instructions is located in the recipe card below.
- Step 1 - In a large bowl, mix everything together until all of the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Step 2 - Using your hands, create 1-inch balls and roll them between your palms until they are perfectly ball-shaped.
- Step 3 - Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Learn more about how to store edibles here.
Note: complete step-by-step printable instructions are located in the recipe card below.
Alternate Infusion Options
As with all things cannabis, there are many ways to infuse something.
Below I will go through all of the various cannabis oils, infusions, and extractions you can use to make energy bites just right for you and your preferences.
It is important that you choose an option that is right for you, based on your own personal tolerance.
If you are unsure, it is best to follow the golden rule of "start low and go slow" and start with my edible dosing guide.
My preferred way to infuse this recipe is by adding 1 tablespoon of infused cannabis oil to the mix.
The infused oil easily blends well with the rest of the ingredients, and it is something most people have on hand already.
Of course, there are so many different oils to choose from you will want to pick the one that is right for you.
Here are just a few ideas of different oils I have available here:
One of the easiest ways to make infused foods is with cannabis concentrates.
These are the most convenient, easy-to-use, pre-prepared concentrated products for cannabis infusions.
Because they are concentrated, you only need to add a tiny bit to each recipe to get the experience you are looking for.
Because you only need to add a tiny bit, cannabis concentrates will not disrupt your food's volume, texture, or flavor.
For this reason, cannabis concentrates are the perfect way to infuse these no-bake energy bites.
While THC-dominant cannabis concentrates must be purchased at a recreational or medical dispensary in a legal state, CBD-dominant cannabis concentrates can be purchased from my shop here.
Full Extract Cannabis Oil (FECO)
Full-extract cannabis oil, also known as FECO, is a concentrated, whole-plant, full-spectrum cannabis extract.
This means that all of the important plant compounds, from cannabinoids to terpenes and other plant materials, are present in the extract.
FECO is a powerful concentrated cannabis extract that interacts with our endocannabinoid system.
Simply mix your FECO with the nut or seed butter you are using.
If you are interested in making your own FECO, check out my post detailing how to make full-extract cannabis oil here.
Decarbed Cannabis Flower
Using decarbed cannabis flower is not everyone's favorite way to infuse, but it works.
Before incorporating straight cannabis as an ingredient in any recipe, it’s important to understand the process of decarboxylation or decarbing.
This process must occur before creating the recipe for you to experience the benefits of activated THC or CBD.
Raw cannabis flower buds contain nutrients and other amazing compounds in their fresh state, like CBDA, THCA, and terpenes.
However, raw cannabis plants do not naturally contain large amounts of active THC or CBD, the two most popular cannabinoids.
To experience the benefits of activated THC or CBD, cannabis must first undergo decarboxylation.
Without decarboxylation, you will not experience the full range of activated cannabinoids such as THC or CBD.
If you've never gone through the process before, have no fear, decarbing is simple.
Bake the dried cannabis in the oven at 240° F for 40 minutes for a THC-dominant flower and 240° F for 90 minutes for a CBD-dominant flower.
If you have never decarbed before, you can get started with my beginner's guide to cannabis decarboxylation here.
After this process, you can add this decarbed flower to any recipe, such as my favorite cannabis ranch or cannabis taco seasoning.
Because each person has a different endocannabinoid system and responds to cannabis differently, it is important to add an appropriate amount for your tolerance.
This recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of ground, decarbed cannabis flower, but you can adjust this as needed to suit your needs.
Kief is a fine, powdery substance that accumulates at the bottom of a grinder or other cannabis container.
Kief typically contains the highest concentration of resinous glands, or trichomes, that contain the cannabinoids like CBD, THC, CBG, etc.
This means that kief can be much more potent than flower or trim.
Because of this, you may be able to use less of it in this recipe, or more, depending on the effect you’re looking for.
Remember that you still need to decarb the kief just as you would traditional flower to enjoy the benefits of CBD, THC, CBG, etc.
If you've never worked with kief before, you can get my full guide to decarbing and making edibles with kief here.
What Are Energy Bites?
Energy bites are a cute, compact version of the energy bar and can be made with all the goodness of plant-based ingredients.
I love energy bites because all you have to do is mix everything and roll it in a ball, and that’s it; you have a snack prepped and ready to go.
These no-bake cannabis energy bites are naturally sweetened with dates and dried fruit and are packed with nutrition from nuts and seeds.
All of the healthy ingredients in this recipe come together to make a sweet, chewy, super nutritious, balanced snack.
The oatmeal and the chia seeds provide complex carbohydrates and dietary fiber, while the nuts and nut butter provide protein and heart-healthy fats to slow down digestion.
All these healthy ingredients work together to help to keep you fueled, full, and focused all morning long.
These energy bites are healthy enough for breakfast, a post-workout snack, and come together quickly because they require no baking or cooking.
The Formula for Customizable Energy Bites
The best part about this recipe?
With my basic formula, you can switch up your dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and nut or seed butter to make customizable bites packed with your favorite ingredients.
1 Cup of Oatmeal
For this recipe, you will want to use Old Fashioned Rolled Oats. Quick oats will not provide the same consistency. I use Bob’s Red Mill Wheat Free, Dairy Free, Gluten-Free rolled oats.
While oatmeal is naturally gluten-free, it is often cross-contaminated with gluten-containing grains during processing.
To ensure that the oats stay gluten-free, they test each batch in their quality control laboratory when they arrive from the farm and are packaged in their dedicated gluten-free facility.
*Note: a small percentage of people with Celiac disease may not tolerate even the purest oats.
½ Cup of Nut or Seed Butter
Due to convenience and cost, peanut butter is my nut butter of choice, but this recipe works with just about any type of nut butter you like.
For those allergic to peanuts, alternate nut butter may be a better option.
Options on the market today include almond butter, cashew butter, and walnut butter.
For those who may be allergic to all nuts and peanuts, butter made from seeds is a great choice.
Hemp seed butter is a popular choice that uses allergen-friendly hemp seeds to make a creamy, delicious nut-free butter.
⅓ Cup Dried Fruit
Options include, but are not limited to: dried blueberries, cherries, cranberries, figs, apricots, dates, pineapple, apricots, banana chips, and coconut flakes.
Recipe Note: be sure to chop your dried fruit, unless it is already chopped or small, like dried blueberries.
The energy balls will not hold together if the dried fruit pieces are too big.
2 Tablespoons Liquid Sweetener
Using a liquid sweetener in this recipe not only adds a sweet flavor but also contributes to the texture and consistency of the recipe.
I do not recommend swapping this for a dry sweetener like granulated sugar.
Pure maple syrup, honey, agave, or another liquid sweetener will work.
2 Tablespoons Seeds
Adding just a small amount of seeds to this recipe is an easy way to get more vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber,
Seed options include, but are not limited
When using pumpkin seeds, or any other larger seed, break them down in a food processor first.
1 Tablespoon Cannabis Oil
As mentioned above, this is my preferred way to infuse these energy bites.
I've also included alternative infusion options if you don't want to infuse cannabis oil.
If you choose another option, just be sure to use 1 tablespoon of non-infused oil still to keep the consistency of these bites the same.
½ Teaspoon Spices
Spices are an excellent way to add not only delicious flavor to your energy bites but also add extra nutrition.
Warming spices work best in this recipe, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, all-spice, ground cloves, ginger, or turmeric.
Just be mindful of which spices you are using; you wouldn't want to use an entire ½ teaspoon of ground cloves -
My Favorite Energy Bite Combinations
- Hemp Seed Butter + Dried Blueberries + Chia Seeds + Cinnamon
- Cashew Butter + Dried Tropical Fruit (pineapple, banana, coconut) + Hemp Seeds + Ground Ginger
- Sunflower Butter + Dried Cherries + Pumpkin Seeds + Pumpkin Spice
Frequently Asked Questions
No, you would not want to infuse these energy bites with an alcohol-based tincture like the Green Dragon or QWET Tincture unless you want to evaporate the majority of the alcohol off first. The alcohol will be too strong and offputting for this recipe.
How to Determine The Dosing
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No-Bake Cannabis Energy Bites
- 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup nut or seed butter
- ⅓ cup dried fruit of choice
- 2 tablespoons liquid sweetener of choice
- 2 tablespoons seeds of choice
- 1 tablespoon cannabis oil of choice
- ½ teaspoon spices of choice
- In a large bowl, mix everything together until all of the ingredients are well incorporated.
- Using your hands, begin to create 1 inch balls and roll between your palms until they are perfectly ball-shaped.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or the freezer for up to 3 months.
- Decarbed Cannabis Flower: Add 1 teaspoon of ground, decarbed cannabis flower during step one
- Decarbed Cannabis Kief: Add 1 gram of ground, decarbed cannabis kief during step one
- Cannabis Concentrates or FECO: Add your desired amount of cannabis concentrates to the nut or seed butter. You may need to gently warm them together to get them to incorporate.
With just a tsp/decarbed flower in 12 bites, approx what would be the THC dose in a single ball, using 25% THC flower?
Hi there! If you averaged say, 2 grams, per teaspoon the total batch would have a total of 500mg THC. 500/12 = 41.6mg THC per bite. If you want to play around with the calculations, you can put the numbers in the edible dosage calculator to find the right amount for you.
Heya, unfortunately these aren't gluten free if they contain oats 🙁 I know some gluten intolerant people can enjoy oats (I can't) but most with celiac can't. Just thought I'd let you know 🙂
Hey Aug, thanks for sharing your thoughts here. As a registered dietitian, I know oats can be super tricky for those with Celiac disease, even when labeled gluten-free, that's why it's always best to do what works best for you! Some people do just fine with oats, but if you don't, it's best to skip this recipe 🙂
Is canna butter a suitable substitute for oil in this recipe?
Hey Ringo. Yes, cannabutter is a perfect substitute; enjoy!