If you're looking for a quick and healthy snack, look no further. There are so many recipes out there for snack bites or energy balls or whatever you want to call them. These coconut cocoa nib bites are just one iteration, and a tasty one at that! I love the sweetness from the dates mixed with the bitter funk of the cocoa nibs and the chew from the coconut. Everything goes into the food processor and processed until it all comes together. Then just shape into balls and store in the fridge or freezer. Pop one out when you need a little snack. Sweet and hearty and something you can feel good about eating!
As with most recipes like this, these bites are endlessly versatile. You can use your favorite mix ins and flavorings. No almonds? Try peanuts. No dates? I think prunes would work quite well! No cocoa nibs, try some finely chopped chocolate. Whatever sounds good to you can probably end up working out wonderfully!
Coconut Cocoa Nib Bites
Adapted from OH, Babycakes
- 3 ounces coconut
- 1/2 cup (2 1/4 ounces) raw almonds
- Pinch salt
- 8 medjool dates or 15-18 deglet noor dates (approximately 4 ounces)
- 3 tablespoons water
- 2-4 tablespoons (1/2 ounce) cocoa nibs
- 3/4 ounce sunflower seeds
In a food processor fitted with the S blade, blend the coconut, almonds, and salt into a fine meal. Add the dates and pulse for 30-45 seconds. Add the water; pulse until combined.
Transfer the mixture to a small mixing bowl, stir in the sunflower seeds and cacao nibs. Form the mixture into small, bite sized balls. Freeze for 30 minutes on a cookie sheet, then transfer to an air tight container or bag and store in the freezer.