I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for a little snack in the afternoon or late at night, to either satisfy my sweet tooth or stop that rumble in my tummy between meals. You too?? Oh good! I have just the thing! Convenient right?? ☺️ These little Coconut Date Snack Bites are sooooo yummy!
I have never really been a big date fan, truth be told. And it’s not because I didn’t like them, it’s mainly because I really never had them all that much. Boy was I missing out, they are so yummy. They have a nice chewy bite to them and a great level of sweetness, but not too, too sweet. I am planning on trying them in a few other dishes very soon. Dates are also very good for you. Don’t believe me… Check this out: ? Health Benefits of Dates. Pretty cool for something so yummy!
How to make Coconut Date Snack Bites
Rolled oats ✔️
Drizzle of honey, a dash of cinnamon & a pinch of salt…that’s it?? Yep, super easy right??!!
This truly is super simple – my kind of recipe! First thing you will need to do is take the pits out of your dates. I got my dates in the produce section at my local grocery store and they were whole, pits included. No biggie, the pits come out easily. Just start slicing one lengthwise until you hit the pit, after that you can just peel it open with your hands and remove the pit. Fresh dates are pretty darn sticky, just be mindful of this when using a sharp knife…?
Once you have all of the pits removed, give them a rough chop and toss them into your food processor with the almonds.
Pulse your food processor about 8-10 times until it looks like this…
So far, looking pretty good. Now that the dates are in much smaller pieces, you can now see how these mouth-watering Coconut Date Snack Bites are going to have such a great chewy and crunchy texture. It’s ok – take a little pinch and taste it – I won’t tell anyone… Let’s finish these so you can taste the finished product for yourself. Last ingredients into the food processor: rolled oats, cinnamon, sea salt and honey – YUM!! We ❤️ honey in this kitchen. ?
Now just run your food processor for about a minute or so until everything is well combined. Scrape down the sides with a spatula as needed. Once you’ve got it where it needs to be, empty the food processor bowl into a rimmed dish or cookie sheet.
Now…here comes the fun! Time to roll everything up into delectable, bite-sized balls. I used a small cookie scoop here, but you can just as well use any small spoon – just try to make them roughly the same size. Why? Because they look pretty that way. ☺️ Sorry, I’m an accountant by day, I like uniformity. lol Oh man this looks sooooo good – time to roll!
And roll! And roll….. You should wind up with 22-26 of these little guys (It really depends on how many tastes you sneak ? ) I get a different amount every time… haha! Once you are done rolling, time to smother them in yummy coconut.
I used Let’s Do Organic Unsweetened Coconut because I really like the fact that it’s organic AND mostly because the shred is really fine and it sticks really well to the snack bites and it stays on just as well. And that’s it! Just a word of caution – you may want to make a double batch. I brought a few dozen into my office and they we literally gone in minutes! I really hope you enjoy making and eating these as much as I did.
- 1 C unsalted roasted almonds
- 1/2 C rolled oats
- 2 C Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
- 1/3 C unsweetened coconut, plus more for coating (~ 1/4 C)
- 2 Tbs honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
- Remove pits (if necessary) from dates, give them a rough chop and add to your food processor bowl along with the almonds
- Pulse your food processor about 8-10 times, or until the dates and almonds are broken down to small pieces
- Add in the remaining ingredients: rolled oats, honey, cinnamon and salt and run food processor until everything is well combined
- Empty snack bite mixture onto a rimmed plate or baking sheet and by teaspoonfuls, roll into 1" balls
- Roll bites into remaining coconut, press to adhere
- Coconut Date Snack Bites can be stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to a week.
- When ready to eat, let them come to room temperature for the best texture and chewiness