These Date Energy Bites are one of my favorite dessert snacks. It’s healthy and it satisfies my sweet tooth (or fang as my brother says). Most of all, it’s super easy to make and something the kids can help with.
Date Energy Bites
2 cups pitted dates
2 cups finely shredded coconut, divided (unsweetened)
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp cinnamon
- Set ½ cup of shredded coconut aside in bowl.
- Place the dates, 1½ cup of the shredded coconut, combine coconut oil and vanilla, then place in processor; finally, add cinnamon and salt to food processor and pulse on and off until a thick paste forms (you may have to stop and scrape the sides of your food processor a couple of times).
- Prepare a cookie sheet or plate with parchment paper or waxed paper.
- Form into 1-inch balls (I use a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon to obtain equal sized bites), then roll them in reserved coconut. Place on prepared cookie sheet.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes (I refrigerate mine for up to 2- 24 hours to create a firmer bite).
Note: Can be made with other dried fruit—figs, dried apples and apricots are all good substitutes for dates.
Storage: Keeps for a week or two in refrigerator. Also freezes well.
Original recipe from The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott, NTP