No-Bake Almond Coconut Energy Bites

Today my fitness blogger friend (and killer recipe creator!) Natalie Falco of That Fit Chick Falco is taking over From Skinny 2 Strong and I’m so excited. She created these almond coconut energy bites just for you, so keep reading + print out her recipe so you can make them at home. xoxo enjoy!

This recipe is for those looking for a quick and easy healthy indulgence.

These delicious almond coconut energy bites only contain a few ingredients (which you can always modify and make your own!) and can end up feeling like a little “cheat treat” because they are so good.

I have found in my own recipe experiments, that the ultimate tried and true method of making something that holds together and tastes good, is using dates as a base. Dates are a dried fruit that is very healthy, but also high in natural sugar. They can be super helpful to have around when making treats, as well as just something to curb cravings and that sweet tooth. These almond coconut bites are a no-bake, vegan, gluten-free treat that I have been having daily before my workouts in the morning.

I have been attending cycling classes first thing in the morning and they are between 45- 60 minutes. That is a long time to go without eating every morning if you are doing cardio fasted. So occasionally, if I know I am going to need the extra energy to power through my workout I will have two or three of these about an hour before.

The great thing about this recipe is that it takes no more than 15 minutes, so if you are inspired (and hungry!) and want to make them right this second… no need to wait for the outcome, your snack is almost ready.

But first, you will need these ingredients:

Ingredients:

  • 10 medjool dates
  • 4 tbsp almond butter
  • 1.5 cup gluten free oats
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • unsweetened coconut flakes
  • blender/food processor

Directions: 

  • Soak the dates for about 10 minutes in water, then remove the pits
  • Blend dates, adding a little water, until chunky and can no longer blend
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, other than the coconut flakes, into the blender and pulse, chopping everything up as best as possible. You will then be able to scoop the batter out of the blender and roll them into 1 inch balls
  • On a separate plate, pour the coconut flakes out and roll the bites in the coconut until covered completely
  • I lay them out on parchment paper and put them in the refrigerator
  • Recipe yields 12-14 balls
There is no need to put them in the refrigerator, this is just a preference. You can eat them as is. The dates and almond butter make the recipe a little sticky, so of course, I ate the remaining batter from the blender. By covering the bites with coconut, the stickiness isn’t so bad anymore. But don’t be turned off by a little mess, I swear the end result is worth it.
Get even MORE recipes from Natalie + check out her blog That Fit Chick Falco

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