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Chocolate-Date Energy Bites

Makes about 2 dozen
Time 30 min
These bite-sized bursts of energy taste like a brownie and are vegan, made without gluten ingredients and paleo-friendly. Once you’ve formed the bites, they can be finished many ways:
• Roll in powdered dried raspberries (process freeze-dried raspberries in a food processor; shake through a strainer to remove seeds)
• Drizzle with melted chocolate and top with pieces of crushed freeze-dried raspberries or chopped pistachios
• Roll in powdered peanut butter (like PB2) for a chocolate-peanut butter party

Storing these in the fridge or freezer for hotter days makes them an effortless chilled snack.
Ingredients
  • Energy bites:
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup 365 by Whole Foods Market Organic Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, plus extra for rolling (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons creamy cashew (or almond) butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional toppings:
  • dried rasperry powder
  • peanut butter powder
  • Optional chocolate drizzle:
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon freeze-dried raspberries, lightly crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios
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Method

Place dates in a medium bowl and cover with boiling water. Let soak for 5 minutes to soften then drain.

Combine drained dates and remaining ingredients in a food processor and pulse until mixture just starts to clump together and easily holds together when squeezed.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a spoon to scoop about a tablespoon of the cookie ball mixture into your hand and transfer to the prepared pan as you portion them out. Once done, use wet hands to tightly roll each portion into a smooth ball.

For coating: Add the desired toppings (cocoa, raspberry and/or peanut butter powders) to small bowls with a wide base. Roll 2 to 3 truffles at a time in the powder until evenly coated.

For chocolate drizzle: Add chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 30-second intervals until chocolate is melted. Drizzle over balls, top with crushed freeze-dried raspberries or chopped pistachios and place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to set.

Store the balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week — or in the freezer for 2 – 3 months.

Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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  • Energy bites:
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup 365 by Whole Foods Market Organic Unsweetened Cocoa Powder, plus extra for rolling (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons creamy cashew (or almond) butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Optional toppings:
  • dried rasperry powder
  • peanut butter powder
  • Optional chocolate drizzle:
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon freeze-dried raspberries, lightly crushed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped pistachios
Shop recipe on Amazon

Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.