Cocoa-Date Energy Bites

Crazy for Cocoa-Dates!

 


Heading to the gym or an early morning yoga class? Stomach grumbling before lunch or dinner, needing something small to tied you over?  Need a healthy treat for your kiddos? These wholesome and nutritious cocoa date bites may be the answer.



These Cocoa-Date Energy Bites are the kind of dates that won’t let you down!


I am often on the go, whether it’s errands around town or globetrotting far away (spending a lot of time in airports and on planes), so it’s important for me to fill my body with whole foods and nutrients that are going to power me through my day and not leave me in a weighed-down energy slump.


Processed sugars and unpronounceable ingredients begone, I love to save myself money and guarantee that I always have
healthy snacks on hand


Hangry Cara is not that pleasant to be around 😉 This recipe is quick and easy, can easily be doubled, so that you have lots of little bites to stash in your purse, gym bag, lunch box, freezer etc.



Desserts aren’t supposed to be nutritious! These Cocoa-Date Energy Bites will have you fooled!


Here’s a little tidbit on how these little bites once ‘saved’ me when travelling ….


Last spring when I was traveling from Toronto to Tokyo, I stupidly forgot to select the vegetarian meal option for my flight. I am not a super picky vegetarian, but I was definitely not going to start eating meat on an airplane of all places.


So for 13 or so hours, I subsisted on little fruit salads and these energy bites that I was soooo thankful I had packed in my carry on. Lesson learned, never forget to select your airplane meal and always pack energy bites.



The taste of chocolate truffles without the chocolate or added calories


These energy bites are naturally sweetened with dates, taste like a chocolate truffle, are filled with protein and healthy fats, and can easily be made gluten and nut-free


No excuses my friends, no excuses! Place all ingredients into a food processor, pulse together, form into balls and you are good to go. Let your healthy snacking commence.

 


COCOA DATE ENERGY BITES


An easy and affordable snack filled with nourishing ingredients.



INGREDIENTS

      • 1 cup dates, soaked for 10 mins if hard, then drained
      • ⅔ cup oats
      • pinch salt
      • ¼ cup natural peanut butter
      • 1 tsp cinnamon
      • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
      • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
      • 1 Tbsp flax seeds
      • 1 tsp vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in food processor, pulse together until combined.
  2. You may need to open the top and scrape down the sides once and pulse again.
  3. Using you hands, roll dough into 1 ” balls and place on a small cookie sheet or plate. Put in freezer for 15 minutes to set. Store in fridge or freezer in a zipped bag or sealed container.

NOTES

Additional add-ins:
A handful of chocolate chips
– A sprinkling of unsweetened coconut flakes
– Dried cranberries
– Make with certified gluten-free oats if need be
– For a peanut free option, use sunflower seed butter in place of peanut butter


A rich, healthy dessert that won’t have you counting calories

Enjoy! What’s your go-to healthy snack?


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