Coconut Date Energy Bites

The marriage of coconuts and dates is one party I would not throw away the invite for.

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There is just destined to be a good time had by all.

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Creamy coconut and sweet plump dates are whipped into tiny energy and nutrient rich snacks.  They are the perfect fuel for a long weekend hike…and in addition, if you need something for that sweet tooth, these are your boys, blue.

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If I were to make these sweet succulent babies again, I would use flaked instead of shredded coconut.  It will mix in easier.  You can sub in chocolate chips for cacao nibs and if you want to get all chocolate-wasted, add in a tablespoon of cocoa powder.

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You can also roll these bites in cocoa powder for a fancy dusting.  I love how these little balls of energy are easy enough to make in 10 minutes but look polished enough to bring to a part-ay.  Pinkies up.

Coconut Date Energy Bites

makes about 10 energy bites, about 110 Calories per bite

  • 1 cup dates, sliced and pitted
  • 1 cup shredded or flaked coconut
  • 2 T cocao nibs or chocolate chips
  • shake of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • almonds (optional)
  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and grind that junk up.
  2. Add more salt or vanilla if you deem it necessary.
  3. Shape into tiny balls, place an almond on top if you want it to look extra deluxe and put on a plate.  Refrigerate or freeze for an hour and then enjoy.  These babies keep nicely in the freezer for at least a week.  I’m not sure how much longer after that though, seeing as how they didn’t last too long ’round these parts 😉

Banana Chocolate Almond Oatmeal

Chocolate and bananas.  Bananas and chocolate.

There has never been a more beautiful combination.  Sometimes we need this decadent concoction to pull us through those weeks where Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday all we are thinking is….”Is it Friday yet?”

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This sinfully delicious breakfast bowl combines heart-healthy oatmeal with rich dark chocolate, creamy bananas, toasted almonds, vanilla, and sea salt.

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Banana Chocolate Almond Oatmeal

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/8 tsp ground sea salt
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 T chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk (or other nondairy beverage)
  1. Begin by chopping and toasting the almonds.  Toast in a toaster for 4-5 minutes or until they become a very light golden brown.  Stir frequently to redistribute for even browning, checking on them every minute to make sure they are not burning! You can tell they’re done when they begin to release a toasted, nutty aroma.
  2. Cook the oats on the stove top according to the package.
  3. Mash the bananas.
  4. When the oats are almost done, stir in the chocolate, almond pieces, salt, vanilla, banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, chia seeds and coconut oil.
  5. Pour almond milk into the whole pot and stir.  Add more if you desire a more runny consistency.
  6. Garnish with some raw almonds or chia seeds on top.
  7. YUM.

Cacao Date Shake

Okay, so I solemnly swore not to make any dumb date puns on this post but the temptation is all too great.  And I just. can’t. resist.

…I’ve got a hot date tonight.

With my boyfriend  blender. And trust me, it’s going to be really, really good.  No awkward moments where you both pretend to reach for the bill.  You don’t have to laugh at his corny jokes. You don’t have to make out after you’ve scarfed down a salad filled to the brim with red onions.  Just sit…and sip.

Have you ever craved a chocolate milkshake? Umm…yeah, me too. Far too often than I care to admit.  As in liiiiiike…every day.  And this delicious shake satisfies that sweet tooth. I wouldn’t be posting it if it didn’t.  You think I’d be all up on here posting a weenie little vegan shake that tastes like chalk and rabbit pellet?  Absolutely not.

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This shake is made with bananas, almond milk, cacao/cocoa, and WOAH you guessed it, sweetened with dates.  I started experimenting with dates when I began cutting back on refined sugars in my baking.  Along with honey, maple syrup, and agave, it turns out making a paste from thick and chewy dates is a wonderful way to add a little natural sweetness. Dates, despite their off-putting wrinkly exterior (see off-putting photo above), are loaded with fiber, iron, potassium, and vitamins A and K.  Mix them up with the rest of the ingredients like potassium-loaded banana and fibrous chia seeds, and you’ve got pure unadulterated creamy dreamy chocolatey goodness that’s healthy, too.

Ladies can I get an amen.

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Aaaaaand it’s amazing topped with granola for a nice pre-sweat-inducing bicycle ride.

Cacao Date Shake

  • 3 Medjool dates (these are the stickier, sweeter type but really any type will do)
  • 2.5 T cacao (unsweetened cocoa powder will work beautifully too!)
  • 1 banana, frozen if possible
  • 1 cup almond milk, or other non dairy beverage like soymilk
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • 4 or 5 ice cubes

The directions are about as simple as it gets:

  1. Add ingredients to blender….
  2. Blend.
  3. Are we following? Groovy.  But wait!  There is ONE exception: the dates!  You can either let them soak for 10 minutes in warm water or (if lazy like myself, read on) throw them in a bowl, cover with water, and microwave for about a minute or a minute and a half. Then take out the pits and add them in with everything else and blend, blend, blend away!
  4. If you have time to plan ahead, it is best to add the chia seeds to the nut milk and let them soak for a good 10 minutes.  Chia seeds are super absorbent little guys and they will thicken up the milk.  This shake is great plain, or you can put on your fancy pants and top it with almond butter, granola, or fresh fruit.
  5. Getcho’ sip on.

 

This sun is out, the birds are chirping…spring is definitely in the air….and all this talk of dates. And hot dates for that matter, or in my case, complete lack thereof.   Regardless, here’s a sweet little lovey dovey ditty by The Donkeys to soothe you while you stab the Blend button repeatedly. Happy Friday kids.