Superfood Snack: Cacao & Coconut Energy Bites {Paleo, Vegan, Nut-Free}

Superfood Snack: Cacao & Coconut Energy Bites {Paleo, Vegan, Nut-Free}

I'm not sure what the technical term is for these, but I'm going to go with "energy bites". Call them energy bars, bliss balls, fat bombs, whatever. But I'm going to call them energy bites, mainly because they're little bites of energy. And NOT because they're packed with sugar that leaves you energetic for a hot sec and then feeling drained the next. They're energy-filled because they're full of energy in the form of fats, protein, and nutrients. The best type of energy. 

chocolate coconut energy bites

I'm going to be doing a little "energy bites" series, if you will. Starting it off are these cacao & chocolate bites that are full of all the good stuff. Healthy fats, protein/collagen, superfoods, unrefined carbohydrates, and flavor. All that you need! They're sweet -- but not overly sweet. They're full of good-for-you foods, without weighing you down.

I made these with the intention of packing them in my carry-on for what is to be a 20hr+ travel day to South Africa! While I'm super, super excited, that's a long day of travel and a lot of room to wander from our healthy ways. Not for this gal. I'll be packing my energy bites, a healthy meal or two to have when they serve meals, and tons of fresh fruits and veg to keep me hydrated and happy while traveling. I'll also be bringing my huge S'well bottle to chug and fill up whenever I get the chance, along with tons of tea bags, vitamin C packets, and all my supplements. All the ashwaghanda I can get (#destress). You'll be seeing updates on what those are on my Instagram, but for now you get a sneak peak of what's in my snack bag!

cacao chocolate paleo energy bites

Here's how I made them so that YOU can be prepared for your next travel day -- whether it's a 2 hour car drive or 2 10-hour flights! You always have to be prepared! 

Here's what you need:

  • 3 dates (soaked in warm water for at least 15 minutes)
  • 1/2 c unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder (can sub cocoa powder)
  • 1-2 scoops Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides*** 
  • 3 tbsp. coconut flour 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. cacao nibs

Here's what you do:

  • Place the dates and the shredded coconut into a food processor and process until combined and sticky
  • Add the rest of the ingredients until incorporated well, but not over-processed resulting in one sticky ball
  • Form little bite-sized balls out of the mixture -- that's it!
  • You can store these in the refrigerator but are best eaten at room temperature! 

*You can also use Further Food Collagen (which I love) which you can purchase for 10% off using my code "NOGRAINER10"

cacao coconut energy bites

So team -- if you're looking for an easy to make, portable snack, then these are for you. You could buy similar ones or bars at the store, but I always feel like there's always 1-2 ingredients I don't loooove in any bar. So why not just make your own? That way I know exactly what's going into them and they're all ingredients I LOVE and that nourish my body. 

These are chock-full of body nourishing ingredients. Coconut, as we know, is an amazing source of fatty-acids and fiber and boosts metabolism. Cacao is a great source of magnesium (you're probably deficient) which supports literally every system in your body! It's also loaded with antioxidants and mood boosting properties.  There's no ingredient in these balls that your body won't love, meaning that nothing goes to waste! 

So grab your coconuts and cacao beans and get food processing, these little guys are waiting for ya! 

Let me know if you've ever made energy bites/balls/etc and your thoughts! What are you favorite flavor combinations? More flavors to come from The No Grainer! 

Stay warm and talk soon! 

Amylou

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