Y'all these chocolate coconut bites are life. They are so easy to throw together, healthy, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, whole grain, refined sugar-free, and totally tasty. What more could you look for in a snack? Not much. I make this in a fairly big batch and they last me all week. While they are very lightly sweetened, the sweetener comes from dates and maple syrup, it's still enough to satisfy my sweet tooth.
I bought pitted dates, but you want the pitted, no problem. The pits are so simple to remove.
Here is the beauty of this recipe- everything is thrown in the food processor and mixed that way. Y'all. So. Simple.
I love Hershey's dark cocoa. It is my favorite, mostly for the dark color it produces. I just love that!
You can also sub in honey for maple syrup if you want. I just prefer the flavor of maple syrup. The product will have the same texture either way.
Once the batter is all mixed, I add in the cacao nibs last. I really like to have chunks of these, so I don't want them over mixed. If that texture doesn't matter to you, add them in with all the other ingredients.
Next up, scoop into portions. I like to use this scoop , and use it all the time for these bites. It gives me such a great size for a small snack. I like to roll these too after I have scooped them. You definitely don't have to do this, but I am slightly anal and can't resist.
I like to refrigerate mine for a bit to set the bites. Then, package in an airtight container. They hold really well for 7-10 days, no problem!
I like to hold mine in the fridge. It probably isn't necessary, but I feel better about it anyway.
Chocolate Coconut Bites
- Food processor or blender
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup regular oats
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa I love Hersheys special dark!
- ¾ cup peanut butter or any nut butter of choice
- 1 cup unsweetened shaved coconut
- ½ cup maple syrup you can also use honey or any other liquid sweetener you prefer. This is also a variable. I like my bites a little more dry, less mess. If you prefer a little more sticky bite, add more sweetener.
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- ½-3/4 cup cocao nibs or chocolate chips I love the cocao nibs, but if you prefer, use chocolate chips.
- Add all ingredients to food processor, except nibs or chips. Pulse until all are combined and oats are thoroughly broken up. Mine took several minutes and I had to scrape down the food processor several times. Also, this is a fairly big batch, if it is too much for your food processor or blender, process in half batch. I like to add in the nibs last as I don't want them broken up as much. So, add them in last. Pulse several times, just to lightly mix.Scoop with a portion scoop or just a spoon. I like the portion scoop as it keeps everything consistent and the same size. Then I roll mine into round balls. You don't have to do this step, but I am slightly anal about the way things look, so I always do. 🙂Refrigerate to set bites. Store in airtight containers. You can leave these at room temp if you prefer. This batch lasts me a week, so I prefer to store in the fridge.Now, sit back and enjoy.You deserve it!!