Mocha Energy Bites


  • 1 1/2 cups oats (or quinoa flakes for GF option)
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 10-12 medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp cacao
  • 2-3 tbsp instant coffee powder* (we have a thing for using hazelnut flavoured coffee powder for this recipe!)
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract or essence
  • Optional: 1/3 cup of dark choc chips or cacao nibs


  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz until the nuts are crushed and the mix forms a dough.
  • Roll dough into teaspoon sized balls and then coat with coconut if preferred.
  • Place bite sized balls in a sealed container and store in the fridge or freezer.
  • Simply take the balls out as needed for training and stash in a small sandwich bag for easy access on a ride or run.

Nut Free Alternative:
Substitute cashews for a mix of pepitas and sunflower seeds

* Depending on the brand, each tbsp of instant coffee contain 150-200mg of caffeine (20-30mg) per ball