I have lost count as to how many energy bites // snack bites I have on my blog, but these combine two of my favorite things; coffee + dark chocolate. Although I am not much of a dessert person, I love a piece of dark chocolate or something a little sweet with my coffee. These bites make a slightly sweet mocha taste and are on the fudge-like side.
I used cacao powder for these, so they aren't overly sweet since cacao is more bitter in taste and contains no sugar. To balance everything out, I added in a few dates but the dates are completely optional- they just give them a caramel flavor, holds everything together, and that touch of sweetness. For the coffee part, I used coffee extract, but espresso powder would work well or any coffee flavor you have! You can control the amount of coffee flavor that you want to add in, the more you add the stronger it will be, but the less - they come out a little more on the mocha tasting side with a hint of coffee.
These bites also require shredded coconut, nuts (but you can use seeds or oats as a sub!), coconut butter, and hemp seeds! They make the perfect snack or a super healthy dessert for anytime of the day or night.
They are simple to make, quick, and all you need is one bowl - your food processor!
Snack / Dessert
Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: less than 15 minutes!
What you need:
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
1 cup shredded coconut flakes
6 tbsp. hemp seeds
2 tsp. maca powder (optional)
2 tbsp. coconut butter (optional)
Roughly 4 tbsp. coffee extract (Sub with espresso powder or grind up coffee beans! Adjust to taste)
1/3 heaping cup cacao powder or more (if you want a deeper chocolate flavor)
6 pitted dates
dash of sea salt
What you need to do:
1. In your food processor add the nuts or seeds you are using. Blend together until dough like consistency.
2. Add in your dates and the remaining ingredients and blend until a dough like consistency is formed.
3. If it is crumbly; add in 1 tbsp of water or nut milk of choice or you can use more sweetener here I suggest maple syrup or add in 1-2 dates at a time. Taste test and then adjust to preference!
4. I then rolled in extra cacao powder. Store them in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge or the freezer for longer!