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Created with cocoa dusted almonds, flakes of sweetened coconut, cocoa powder, vanilla, and sweetened with dates! These Coconut Almond Energy Bites are a simple no bake treat to enjoy without feeling guilty.
I am slightly obsessed with coffee and chocolate. I drink coffee first thing in the morning, as a snack in the afternoon, and even after dinner for dessert. It’s not exactly the flavor of the coffee itself that I am obsessed with though. It’s the taste of the sugar/creamer or flavored creamer that I can’t get enough of. We usually have about 3 or 4 different flavored coffee creamers in the fridge at one time. That is where the other obsession comes in, you know, the chocolate. Those creamers are normally in some form of chocolate.
The thing about that coffee obsession is, you don’t realize how many calories you consume unless you write it all down, or use one of those apps that count your calories. I was shocked that I drink more calories then I actually eat! Yikes! It all comes from that flavored creamer. I drink coffee for the caffeine, to give me that steady stream of energy that I need to keep going all day. I know I’m not alone. Many people drink coffee for the very same reason. However, for me the caffeine from all that coffee is cutting into my REM sleep.
For Christmas I ask for one of those activity/sleep trackers. Zack got me the exact one that I wanted, it was the one that has the best results when it comes to tracking your sleep. Wow, I have discovered so much from this thing. I call my new little friend “Harold”. Hey, it’s always around giving me tips to reach my goals and to sleep better, so I figured why not give it a name. Within the first few weeks I discovered that my sleep was, like I suspected, pretty awful. I was waking up off and on throughout the night many times. One day “Harold’s” tip was to cut back on caffeine after 2pm. Huh? My obsession? Well, with lot’s of
willpower Pinterest browsing, I skipped my normal routine and I started noticing that my sleep patterns were getting better. Sure, I could drink decaf, but I’d rather not. Since then I have found two things to replace my coffee/chocolate obsession. I know that your going to love both of these replacements as much as I do!
There are three tempting flavors to choose from; Caramel Almond & Cashew, Toasted Coconut & Cashew, and the one that I bought Dark Chocolate & Walnut. All of these flavors would pair perfectly with my next replacement, Coconut Almond Energy Bites, which are vegan and gluten free.
These Coconut Almond Energy Bites give you that much needed boost in the afternoons to keep you going with natural ingredients, without the caffeine. With only just a few simple ingredients, you can make these in about 15 minutes, depending on the type of blender/food processor you’ll be using.
Toss the almonds into your blender or food processor, grind them up. Set aside.
Next place the dates into the blender or food processor, break them down.
Place all of the ingredients into the blender or food processor with the dates. Pulse until everything is broken down. Scraping the sides as needed.
Roll into balls any size you’d like, we like bite size to just pop into your mouth.
Once you form the balls, roll half of them in cocoa powder, and the other half into shredded coconut.
I also love that by swapping out a few of the ingredients you can make different flavor profiles. Of course the coconut almond flavors that I pulled together go great with all three of the Silk Nutchello flavors, but you could change out the almonds for cashews and the sweetened coconut with toasted coconut, if you’d prefer, to go with your Toasted Coconut & Cashew. Take it a step further and use caramel flavoring as opposed to the vanilla in my recipe, and use cashews and almonds to pair with the Caramel Almond & Cashew. See, endless possibilities!
You’ll love the calorie savings, if you drink coffee like I do with all that sugar/creamer since Silk Nutchello has 90 calories or less per serving! Not to mention that the Silk Nutchello flavors nor my Coconut Almond Energy Bites contain any funky artificial ingredients!
- 2 cups pitted dates I used medjool dates
- 2 cups almonds I used half cocoa dusted and half regular
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- dash of salt
- Extra cocoa powder and coconut for coating the bites.
- 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
- Toss the almonds into your blender or food processor, grind them up. Set aside.
- Next place the dates into the blender or food processor, break them down.
- Place all of the ingredients into the blender or food processor with the dates.
- Pulse until everything is broken down. Scraping the sides as needed.
- Roll into balls any size you'd like, we like bite size to just pop into your mouth.
- Once you form the balls, roll half of them in cocoa powder, and the other half into shredded coconut.
- Store in the fridge.
Swap out the vanilla for other flavorings. Swap out the almonds for other nuts that you love.Try toasted coconut instead of sweetened. The possibilities are endless. Make it your own!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273 Total Fat: 15g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 158mg Carbohydrates: 32g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 22g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g