Friday, September 16, 2011

Raw Coconut Almond Bites

Now, this was a great idea.  As a kid, I couldn't wait to get my hands on almond joy candy bars.  The almond coconut combination is a win-win, but they left me in the throes of a sugar hangover.  This is my take on a healthier, grown up version, and I can tell you, they don't last very long around our house.  I left out the chocolate, since my husband isn't a fan, and created a bite sized wonder that will keep the biggest of sweet tooth's satisfied.  Best of all, you won't be a passenger on the sugar roller coaster ride.  

I've used dates to achieve a natural sweetness, which also happen to be a rich source of antioxidants, minerals, and fiber.  I found beautiful Medjool dates in the refrigerated section of my natural food store.  Dates can also be found in bulk bins or baking aisles.  Just be sure to remove the pits before chopping and adding to your food processor.  You can create these bites in about ten minutes with only four ingredients.  No baking required.  Have I convinced you to try them yet?  I like to pack these along in my car for those times when I feel I need a quick energy boost.  Since they don't need to be refrigerated, they work out perfectly.  I also sneak these after dinner when I want something sweet.  One, two,...or three should do the trick.  But hey, who's counting?  

~Raw Coconut Almond Bites Recipe~

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup almonds
1/3 cup organic large Medjool dates, pits removed, roughly chopped
2 tbsp, plus 1 tsp brown rice syrup

Combine coconut, almonds, and dates in your food processor first, until they are finely chopped.  Then add in brown rice syrup and let your food processor go again for a few seconds.  I've made these quite a few times and once in a while I find they need a little more brown rice syrup to help them bind together.  They can be a bit finicky like that.  If you find that's the case, just add a bit more until the mixture starts to form together.  The brown rice syrup will act as a binder.  Scoop mixture out in tablespoons.  Roll between your fingers to create bite sized balls, just as if you were making chocolate truffles.  Makes one dozen.  Enjoy from here, or you can also store in your refrigerator.  Storing on parchment paper will also help to keep from sticking.


Sue/the view from great island said...

I love almond joys---but these look so good, I don't even think I'd miss the chocolate.

Anonymous said...

These remind me a little bit of larabars-- have you tried those before? But I even think larabars are a bit too sweet for me, I can only take so much date sweetness. :P But these look awesome!! I've always wanted to try out little snack bites like these that are like energy bars (or candy bars) but a million times better.

Stephanie said...

Thanks girls. You're right Amy, they do. I love larabars, but they can get expensive.

Amy E. said...

Ooh...these so look delicious! Like the comments above suggest, they do look like a good mixture of an almond joy and a Lara bar. :) On a side note...I made your purist peanut bars and they were fantastic! I used whole wheat pastry flour instead of whole wheat and I drizzled them with bitter sweet chocolate instead of the almonds. Great recipe! Thanks, Stephanie!

Stephanie said...

Hey Amy, so glad to hear you tried out the purist peanut butter bars! I'm happy you put your own spin on them with the bitter sweet chocolate. Sounds like a perfect combination to me!