These hunger quenching Coconut Energy Bite are a crowd pleaser and makes a super healthy snack idea. I have been making them and sharing since 2012 at conferences and dinner parties. I love the taste, but i also love how they clean you out, thanks to the high fiber. Make a batch. They have an extremely long refrigerated life. I make a big tub and grab and go as needed.
Allergen Information: Free of Dairy, egg, corn, soy, gluten. Can be made grain-free by omitting oats.
Makes 10-12 balls
1/2 cup almonds
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup certified GF oats (or quinoa flakes or coconut flakes)
1 Tbsp flax seeds
1/2 cup dry coconut shreds
1 Tbsp chia seeds
1 Tbsp sesame seeds
1/8 tsp salt
9 Medjool dates, 3/4 cup
1/4 cup packed mint leaves (use mint extract for longer shelf life)
2 tsp lime/lemon juice
zest of 1 lime
2 Tbsp rum or tequila, or Orange juice or a combination of these
Add almonds, walnuts, oats, flax seeds to a food processor and pulse to a coarse meal. Add coconut, chia, sesame, salt, mint leaves and dates and pulse till the dates are well incorporated. The mixture will be crumbly. Add the lemon juice, zest and 2 Tbsp of orange juice or liquor and pulse to combine. The mixture should now be doughy. Transfer to a bowl. If too wet, add oat flour and mix in. If too dry, add more juice or maple syrup. Taste and adjust sweet if needed by adding sugar or maple syrup. Shape into balls or bars. Store refrigerated for up to a week, frozen for months.
Use mint extract to store in the refrigerator for a longer period of time (4-5 weeks).
Variations: Add a scoop of protein powder to amp up the protein. Roll into coconut flakes or sesame seeds for variation.