I am usually not tempted by the candy that stares at me when I check out of the grocery stores. I usually look at it and roll my eyes and think who would really fall for that sneaky marketing genius product placement in America. Oh yeah, pretty much everyone!
On a rare occasion, however, I do find that that sweet blue and brown wrapper stares at me with it’s delicious coconut and almond center, and I cave. It’s delicious.
So I crafted a way to cave a lot more than rarely on a treat that provides a lot more of a nutritional punch than empty sugar calories and a crash in the end. Enter Almond Joy Energy Bites, and you are welcome!
Macros per bite: 60 calories, 4g fat, 6g carbs, 1.5g protein, 1.5g fiber, 4g sugar
- 2 cups dates, pitted (100g)
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp almond extract
- 1-2 T. unsweetened almond milk (optional, if needed)
- Put 1/2 cup of coconut flakes into the food processor and process to break up flakes slightly (about 1 minute). Do not over-process or it will become coconut butter.
- Remove flakes and set aside
- Place dates in the food processor and process until they have broken up and come together into a ball.
- Break up date ball with hands and add in almonds, cocoa powder, 1/4 cup of coconut flakes and sea salt.
- Process for several minutes, scrapping down the sides as needed.
- Add in vanilla and almond extract and 1 T of almond milk.
- Process until mixture comes back together into a ball. If it doesn’t do this, add in 1 more tablespoon of almond milk.
- Remove mixture from the food processor and roll into 20 balls.
- Roll each ball in the remaining 1/4c coconut flakes.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for several weeks.