Healthy snack bites are an easy and delicious snack that pack a ton of health benefits too! I’ve been a fan for a couple of years, but have rarely made them the same way twice or written down a recipe…I just kind of dump and stir and taste until I get something I like. With the holidays over I find myself steal craving something sweet, but I don’t want to have cookies or any of the holiday stuff we JUST got rid of hanging around tempting us…so these chocolate coconut bites are exactly what we need as we all try to eat healthier.
By using a food processor to chop and blend dates, nuts, coconut, and chocolate I created a healthy snack that has energy, protein, healthy fats, natural sweetener, and great flavor! These little bites kind of remind me of almond joy bars! I also love that they are gluten and dairy free so perfect if you are trying to avoid either of those things! You can also use honey or another natural sweetener like Stevia in place of the maple syrup, just adjust the amount to suit your tastes.
- 1½ cups Pitted Dates
- ¾ cup almonds
- ¾ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup
- Sprinkle of salt
- Chop ½ of the dates in a food processor (depending on the size of your food processor you may need to do in smaller batches) and then the other half. Repeat the process with the almonds and then blend both almonds and dates together (in batches again if necessary). Mix in cocoa powder, maple syrup, and salt until well mixed. Press into small balls and freeze for 1-2 hours. Store in the refrigerator or freezer.
What’s not to love about these coconut chocolate bites? Even Layla was on board and LOVED them! She is addicted to Larabars and these are pretty similar so I’m glad she has these healthy “cookies” to satisfy her sweet tooth! (She takes after her mama!)
Hope you all are having a great Monday! We’ve got more snow so I imagine there will be lots of snuggling in…but maybe I will be brave and take Layla out to play in the snow. Her snowsuit is too darn cute that I can’t help but bundle her up in it! When we come back inside we will need some warm cocoa and tea to heat us up and pair with these yummy little “cookies”.
If you’re looking for more healthy snack recipes be sure to check out my Pinterest board Healthy Snack Recipes for more great snacking options! If you like this post, be sure to pin it and share it with your friends on Facebook!
What is your favorite healthy snack? Do you like the coconut-chocolate combination?