Looking for an easy, healthy snack? Try this Whole 30 Chocolate Coconut Bites Recipe! Packed with nutritious nuts + seeds, low in sugar + high in protein! They’re also gluten-free, dairy free, soy free and free of refined sugar! Now Foods provided me with all of my favorite products to make this recipe, but all opinions are my own.
I finally get what all the energy bite hype is about. It only took me a few years, but I really do get it now. For a while I was starting to feel like a bad foodie because every time I had made energy bites I was just highly underwhelmed by them. I think it’s because of the ingredients I was using if we’re being honest. I wasn’t using any dates to bind them, I wasn’t adding oils.. Basically, I was doing everything wrong. Until I got creative and made these Whole 30 Chocolate Coconut Bites.
For those of you who follow us on Instagram, you know that I did a mini Whole 30 about a week ago. I was feeling really bloated and just not my best, so I knew I needed to change something. In full transparency, I’m not a fan of ‘diets’ or Whole 30 in general simply because I think it’s a very extreme program, and can lead to unhealthy thoughts/disordered eating. While I think it can be beneficial to do an elimination diet to see what foods are irritating you, I don’t think that it’s realistic to say that you’ll never eat gluten, grains, dairy or sugar ever again (unless of course you have a serious allergy or issue with one of them!) Obviously I’m all for eating more real, whole foods which is what the program is built on – you guys know that!
Anyways, for those of you who don’t know – sugar isn’t allowed on Whole 30. That means my nightly square of my favorite dark chocolate was out of the question. I know. No chocolate.. sounds crazy. I’m still wondering how I made it through.
The first week I was fine with no sugar, and ate fruit whenever I wanted something a little bit sweet. But by week 2 – I really was missing my dark chocolate/having something for ‘dessert’. We had a lot of dates lying around in the fridge, which are whole 30 approved, so I figured it was worth trying this energy bite thing out. (Worst case scenario, I’d just toss them in the trash where most of my other energy bite recipes wound up).
As with all of my snacks, I wanted these to be low in sugar, high in protein. I pulled together some of my favorite NOW Foods protein packed nuts/seeds to build the base, added in a few different things.. and the result was a bite that tasted basically like brownie batter! I recipe tested these a few times to play with the amount of sugar/protein/fat in them, and I feel like this is the perfect ratio. You’re going to love them.
- ½ cup pecans
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 8 pitted dates
- ½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon liquid coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon almond milk
- 1 tablespoon collagen peptides
- Optional: additional coconut for rolling bites in
- In a food processor or NutriBullet, blend all ingredients until combined
- Roll into 1 inch balls and roll in additional coconut flakes if desired
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days
Things we used for this recipe: food processor or NutriBullet, pecans, hemp seeds, chia seeds, dates, shredded unsweetened coconut, liquid coconut oil, cocoa powder, collagen peptides
If you’ve struggled with making good energy bites, don’t worry – I’m going to share my secrets to how these turned out so delicious. These are my tips for making the perfect energy bite:
-Add in hemp seeds. With 10g of protein per serving, these little seeds added extra protein without giving the bites a weird consistency that a protein powder would.
-Use dates. I honestly had never cooked with dates until a few months ago, but they’re a great natural sweetener + act as the perfect binder in these.
– Liquid coconut oil works wonders. If your bites have every turned out grainy or dry, it’s probably because they were lacking enough oil. I just used a little bit of this and it made these soft + chewy.
-Use a softer nut like pecans for the base. I’ve found that almonds/cashews are a little harder which means they don’t blend as well and can give the bites a gritty taste.
In addition to tasting great, these were super easy and affordable to make. NOW Foods has a lot of affordable options for raw ingredients that go great in these bites. Many pre-packaged Whole30 snacks can get expensive, so if you’re looking for a simple, quick treat – these are you going to be perfect for you!
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