This easy recipe for no bake energy bites is a life-saver. You can eat them as a snack, pack them for after a work out or even try them for a healthier dessert option when you're watching your sugar intake. I used dates as a sweetener for this recipe and walnuts to eliminate grains and create a clean-eating, tasty treat. The combination of the sea salt and cacao gives them a sweet and salty flavor that I absolutely love.
As a blogger with a full-time job, I'm always on the go and sometimes find it hard to fuel myself with the right nutrients to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It seems like all of the food that's easy to grab and go is usually the least healthy. I started packing apples to snack on while working, but realized I was craving a something with a little more substance. Now, I bring one or two of these bites in my backpack everywhere I go. The dates and walnuts make them dense and filling, while the chia seeds and coconut add a crunchy texture that I really enjoy. Whether heading to work after a morning workout, or doing a quick photo shoot after work, these little guys keep me going and I feel better snacking on something healthy.
Healthy No Bake Chocolate Energy Bites with Dates
- 1 cup of walnuts
- 1 cup of coconut
- 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
- 1 cup of dates (make sure no pits!)
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil
- 2 tsp of vanilla
- 1 tsp of sea salt
- 2 tbsp of chia seeds
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- Add all of the ingredients except for the chia seeds and chocolate chips in a food processor. Grind for about 10 seconds and then scrape the sides. Continue until ingredients are ground together.
- Add the chia seeds and mix again.
- Place the mixture into the fridge and chill before handling. About 5-10 minutes.
- Press the mixture into a mini muffin pan. If you'd like to add chocolate chips, stir them into the thick mixture before pressing into the pan.
- Keep in the fridge for up to two weeks!
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Why use Dates instead of Sugar?
Dates are a great substitute for processed sugar. They provide a natural sweetness and are a great source of fiber and potassium. According to The Natural Society, dates can help regulate your digestive system, keep a healthy heart, reduce blood pressure and potentially help with brain health. And believe me, we all want healthy brains!
One thing to keep in mind is that dates do have a specific taste that doesn't blend well with all recipes. It works well with these energy bites and other dense breads and cookies, but I wouldn't recommend using as a direct replacement for sugar in normal recipes. Baking with dates can also be a process. Make sure to get the medjool dates that are soft and easy to combine with other ingredients. They are easy to find at Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and plenty of other grocery chains. Otherwise, you'll have to soak the dates until the skin is soft and looks like it will about peel off.
I've seen recipes before with little balls, but I like pressing mine into cups. They are easier to store and easier to eat in small bites. You can make these bites either way and they'll taste the same, I just prefer little cups because they stay packed better.
If you're constantly on the go with your family, a job, school, whatever it is - don't be limit your snacking to unhealthy items. These energy bites are so easy to make and you can make a big batch of them Sunday night for the week ahead. Biting into the chocolatey, crunchy bite is rewarding yourself with something that taste good and is good for you!