Close

temp

temp

Camille Styles

The Sweeter Side

Healthy Almond Joy Bites

January 26th, 2017

After weeks of cookies, cocktails and indulging without abandon, I decided that January 2017 needed to be a month without refined sugars. A brave move for a baker (read: sugar addict), I know, but when moderation no longer holds meaning, work has to be done.

I’ve spent the last four weeks rediscovering my love for nourishing fresh fruit, deeply caramelized root vegetables and, my ultimate favorite, homemade almond milk (if you’ve never made it, it’s a must). And, no surprise, I feel great! My skin is clearer, my energy levels are upped and my 2017 is looking peachy.

The one little hiccup? Chocolate cravings. Ohhh, how I miss dark chocolate. 

*photography by katie wahlman

 

 

Healthy Almond Joy Bites

Healthy Almond Joy Bites

Serves 2 dozen Almond Joy Bites

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dates, pitted (about 19-20 dates)
  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, divided
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons warm water (less if your dates are sticky)

 

Instructions

  1. Add the dates, almonds, 1/2 cup coconut, cocoa powder and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until mixture is thick and crumbly.
  2. Add the almond butter and vanilla and continue to pulse. Take a small amount of mixture and press it between your fingers. If it sticks together easily and can roll into a ball shape, it’s ready. If the mixture is too dry, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time, pulsing in between, until mixture is sticky enough to hold its shape.
  3. In a nonstick pan over medium heat, toast the remaining 1/2 cup of coconut, stirring frequently until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely.
  4. Roll the date mixture into 1-inch balls (mine weighed about 30 grams each), then roll in toasted coconut. You will need to press the coconut into the sides of the balls to help it stick.
  5. Store bites in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.

More “The Sweeter Side”

Share Your Thoughts

6 Comments under :: Healthy Almond Joy Bites
  1. npharney says:

    Nut butter bites are my favourites for an afternoon snack at work, these look amazing, when I run out of my pb stash I’ll be giving these a go

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  2. keith says:

    They looks yummy healthy food.

  3. Erica says:

    Cannot wait to try these! Looks delish!

  4. Erica says:

    Cannot wait to try these!

  5. Sofia says:

    Love these little bites, especially because I’m such a snacker!

    xo, Sofia
    http://www.thecozie.co

  6. Vanitha says:

    These look so delicious and healthy for you too!! Love it 🙂

Leave a Reply