These Whole 30 Chocolate Coconut Bites are an easy, healthy snack recipe! Naturally paleo, packed with nuts + seeds, low in sugar + high in protein! They’re also gluten-free, dairy free, soy free and free of refined sugar!
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These Whole 30 Chocolate Coconut Bites are seriously one of my favorite snacks to make. They’re quick to make, packed with protein, are made with minimal ingredients and just SO yummy!
I started making these healthy bites years ago when searching for an easy snack I could meal prep and take on the go. When you do Whole30, it can get boring and expensive to eat the same things over again in terms of ’emergency foods’. Rather than buying compliant bars, I decided to make my own!
Now, before we go ANY further – if you’re doing a Whole30 I want to caution you. These bites are not meant to be used as a treat, or as dessert. If you think these bites may trigger any cravings or your sugar dragon – please wait until you’re done with your Whole30 to make them!
If you’re someone who likes to have RX bars on hand for an ’emergency snack’ but you don’t want to pay for pricy bars, this is a great alternative to help you save some $$. RX Bars are an approved ’emergency snack’ on Whole30. Throughout any Whole30 I’ve done, I’ve relied mostly on home cooked real foods, but there were a few times where I needed something in a pinch, and usually turned to RX Bars. The last round I did, we happened to have a lot of dates lying around in the fridge, which are whole30 approved, so I figured it was worth trying to make my own RX Bars to save some $$.. just in a bite form!
If you’re not on a whole30, you can enjoy these bites at your leisure. They are a little bit sweet from the dates, but I definitely would classify these as a snack more than dessert (even though the chocolate and coconut combo may make it feel like it’s a dessert!) I like to eat these bites before a workout or when I’m on the go and need something quick!
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.
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!
How long do these energy bites last?
These bites will last up to 1 week if stored in an airtight container in the fridge. (they may last longer depending on the climate where you live/your fridge!)
Substitutions for this recipe:
You can omit the collagen peptides
You can replace the collagen peptides with protein powder (this will not be Whole30)
You can sub dates for other dried fruit like apricots or raisins
Whole 30 Chocolate Coconut Bites
- In a food processor or NutriBullet, pulse pecans until flour like consistency
- Add dates to mixture + pulse again.
- Add remaining ingredients + blend until combined
- Roll into 1 inch balls and roll in additional coconut flakes if desired
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week days
Substitutions for this recipe:
- You can omit the collagen peptides
- You can replace the collagen peptides with protein powder
- You can sub dates for other dried fruit like apricots or raisins