Coconut & Almond Energy Bites
Recipe by Ivy Manning | Photo by Erin Kunkel
Energy bites are quick and easy to make and toss into your gym bag. Enjoy them as a pre- or post-workout snack, or anytime you need a little pick-me-up. They’re packed with good fats from nuts and seeds, and naturally sweetened with dates and orange zest. So you know you’re getting real, raw ingredients, even if it tastes like you’re snacking on cookie dough!
½ cup (2 oz/60 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
2/3 cup (2½ oz/75 g) sliced almonds
¼ cup (3/4 oz/20 g) rolled oats
2 tablespoons hemp hearts
1½ teaspoons finely grated orange zest
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
12 Medjool dates, pitted (about 5 oz/155 g)
In the bowl of a food processor, combine all but 2 tablespoons of the coconut, the almonds, oats, hemp hearts, orange zest, and salt and pulse until finely ground.
Use a paring knife to split the vanilla bean lengthwise, then use the tip of the knife to scrape out the sticky seeds. Discard the pod and add the vanilla seeds to the nut mixture along with the pitted dates. Pulse until the dates are finely ground and the mixture comes together into a ball.
Lay down a sheet of wax paper or baking parchment. Place the remaining 2 tablespoons coconut in a small bowl. Using a tablespoon, portion the date mixture into 20 pieces, dropping them on the wax paper. Using clean hands, roll the portions in into small balls and then roll them in the remaining coconut to coat.
Store the energy bites an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
Makes 20 energy bites; 10 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
Protein 3 g
Total fat 6 g
Saturated fat 3 g
Carbs 11 g
Fiber 3 g
Total sugar 6 g
Sodium 87 mg
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.