Recently, I have been in the habit of making a batch of my Homemade Creamy Almond Milk on Sundays to use in smoothies for the week. The recipe is so simple and tasty, and I am left with almond meal after the milk is complete. I hate the idea of wasting the fresh meal, so I came up with a recipe that is another great addition to our Sunday routine - Raw Cocoa Coconut Energy Bites.
My favorite time to eat energy bites is in the afternoon for a pick-me-up boost or in the morning when I am rushing around and don't have time for a sit-down breakfast. In the past, I brought you this No-Bake Energy Bite, but this time around I decided to go grain-free and use almond meal as the base. This new recipe is mildly sweet with the addition of healthy sweeteners like dates, banana, vanilla, honey, and then rolled in cocoa powder. These little energy nuggets are packed with protein from the almond meal and nut butter - perfect for grabbing as a quick snack or breakfast on-the-go!
This new weekly routine of making a batch of almond milk and energy bites certainly helps when weekday mornings are rushed but I want to feel healthy. Now, we have fresh milk and snack bites to start the week off right!
With Zest & Zeal,
Raw Cocoa Coconut Energy Bites (grain-free, gluten-free, vegan)
- 1 cup leftover almond meal (leftover from Homemade Creamy Almond Milk)
- 10 pitted dates
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 4 Tablespoons of water
- Dash of cinnamon
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup nut or seed butter of choice (I used sunflower seed)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 Tablespoon raw honey
- Coating: 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 Tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
- Add all ingredients except coating to a food processor.
- Blend until thoroughly mixed.
- Add more water if the mixture is too dry.
- Roll into balls and then roll into cocoa/coconut mixture to coat.
- Refrigerate for at least an hour.
- Store in the refrigerator.
For even more flavor, you can always add in dried fruit, mini chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, etc. If you require more sweetness, you can also adjust the amount of honey or dates.