Coconut Date Bites: Naturally Sweet & Satisfying

It doesn’t get much simpler than this, folks — these coconut date bites have only two ingredients!

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I know, some of my recipes seem far more complicated, but that’s usually due to my love of spices — and lots of them. But don’t worry, you won’t feel like anything’s missing here. These chewy bites are just the thing when you need a little pick-me-up.

You might call them energy balls. I just call them good.

I like to put a couple of these in a small container in my bag when I’m heading out and about. I’ve been on a special diet for a couple of months, and my former pitstops are out of bounds at the moment. Not only do these naturally sweet coconut date bites satisfy my hunger pangs, but they keep them at bay for quite some time, too. I went on a little road trip recently, and a couple of these plus some almonds allowed me to breeze right past the service centres!

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Yup, these energy balls work for me!

The trick to making these is to blend the coconut and dates into a thick but smooth paste. It’s pretty sturdy and takes some muscle to achieve, so it’s best to use a powerful blender like a Vitamix. (And no, I’m not being sponsored to say that!) I think a good food processor would work too, although I haven’t tried it.

Once the paste is made, just form it into balls, roll them in a little more coconut and … voila!

Who knew simplicity could be so satisfying?

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Coconut Date Bites

  • Servings: 20 bites
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  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 12 medjool dates, pitted and coarsely torn or chopped
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut, for rolling

Put the flaked coconut and then the date pieces into the blender or food processor. Process until it forms a smooth, thick paste. If using a Vitamix, you’ll definitely need to use the tamper to keep things going.

Place the desiccated coconut in a small bowl. Then use a tablespoon-sized ice cream scoop to measure out the mixture and roll each scoop into a ball between your palms. Put a few into the coconut at a time and roll them around, pressing if needed to get the coconut to adhere.

Place in a single layer in a dish, cover and refrigerate until firm. After than you can layer them into another container. I keep mine in the fridge, which keeps them extra chewy and gives you more time to savour them.

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11 comments

    • My blender is sounding like it will be in the shop before long … fortunately, Vitamix has a great warranty and customer service! Glad to hear you’ll be adding these to your snacking repertoire. I gave Little Miss M a bite of one yesterday and she said, ‘Mmm, chocolate.’ I let her think that, lol.

  1. Sold my blender when we moved as I just wasn’t using it much. You never know how much you miss something until once it is gone. 🙂 Your little bites sound like a healthy treat.

    • Oh, I know exactly what you mean. It seems that every time I give away a kitchen tool that I “never” use I have a pressing need for it within months! At least you can use your food processor to make this treat!

  2. Sounds like a winner, Mar. Love the idea of taking some along in the car. I look for this type of treat wen I’m traveling to Michigan. As you mentioned, they’re far better than stopping along the way. I always end up with fudge that never seems to make it to my destination. 🙂

    • Ah, the mysteriously disappearing fudge! That’s not something I’ve ever eaten a lot of; even in my raging sweet tooth days, I found that a little went a long way. I’m glad you like the idea of these bites as a substitute. Of course, it’s possible to scarf them down too, but so far I’ve managed to restrain myself 😇

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