Almond joy energy bites – perfect bite sized healthy snacks to beat that chocolate craving! Vegan & gluten-free sweet treats ready in less than 10 minutes.
I’ve been hearing a lot about dates recently.
Not the dinner and a movie kind. The fruit kind.
I was a little skeptical about adding dates to my dessert, but I did it anyway.
These pictures are from the first time I made them, and you can see that there are still little chunks of almond and dates that are not completely mixed.
Sure, it adds a certain grunge vibe. Am I using that word right? Like not totally put together? Because they’re not.
Because what really happened is that the dates I added almost broke my food processor. If there is one thing you remember from this post, PLEASE let it be to remove ALL pits from dates before doing anything with them.
Remove pits from dates. And double check that they are in fact, missing the pits.
So that you don’t break your food processor.
And end up with grungy energy bites.
Besides that tiny setback, these little things are pretty darn delicious.
Remaking them may end in a prettier, more “put-together” appearance, but it has no impact on their taste. And wouldn’t you know – they are also vegan and gluten-free!
Just for the record, given a choice between Almond Joy and Mounds, I would always pick a Mounds bar.
As a kid I remember picking out that big almond right in the middle of an Almond Joy and throwing it away. As a “grown-up” I have developed a certain appreciation for almonds, and they are kind of important here to hold everything together.
If you don’t kill your food processor before finishing, the almonds will eventually make a sort of almond butter that will make it stick.
I’ve been wanting to hop on the energy bites (also known as “protein balls”) bandwagon for a while now, and I have a feeling I’ll be making more versions of these in the future. Just please, someone remind me about the pits!
If you’re looking for another protein ball / energy bite recipe, check out this carrot cake bites recipe!
- 2 cups medjool dates (mine were the "fancy" variety), pits removed
- 2 cups almonds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
- 1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut (plus extra for topping if desired)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- Make sure the pits have been removed from the dates!
- Add all ingredients into food processor. Blend for 2-3 minutes until combined and the mixture forms a dough-like consistency.
- Form dough into balls and roll in extra coconut flakes if desired.
- Serve immediately or put in fridge. Can store in refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to a week.
For an extra almond flavor, you can add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.
*Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 43mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 2gSugar: 9gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.