Happy Summer!! We are celebrating here in the Bay Area with some warm temperatures, I certainly did not want to turn my oven on, but had a bit of a sweet tooth this afternoon. These date bites were the perfect solution to satisfy my craving without having to heat up the entire house by baking. My eight year old son is home for the summer and loves to prepare food as much as I do so this was a fun activity for him, as well as a great treat. Dates help regulate digestion, and boost energy, cashews are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and coconut is high in protein, fiber, iron and zinc. These bites are vegan, paleo, have no added sugar yet they are naturally sweet and delicious. Sounds too good to be true right?
First step is to pulse your cashews to smaller pieces in a food processor or blender.
After the cashews are broken down to your desired size (I left mine coarsely chopped) add your pitted dates, unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, cocoa powder, coconut oil and water and blend together until the mixture is finely chopped and looks a little sticky and rollable.
Set aside a little bowl with some extra shredded coconut. Roll the mixture into balls 1 to 1.5 inches in size, then roll the bites around in your coconut bowl to coat.
last step, Enjoy 🙂 this recipe should yield 10-12 bites. If you think this will go quick in your household double the recipe. You won’t regret it!
Ingredients (organic preferred)
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut plus set aside about 1/3 cup for coating bites
- 2 tsp of chia seeds
- 2 tsp cocoa powder
- 4 tsp of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons of water