There are two kinds of people in this world: chocolate with nuts people and chocolate without nuts people
I was definitely a non-nuts chocolate person as a kid. Well the exception being peanut butter, but Snickers, Pay Day, and chocolate turtles were definitely a no go. The absolute worst, however, was Almond Joys. I did not love coconut either, so nuts and coconut were definitely a no go. I even was that kid on Halloween who would ask for another piece of candy if I was given an Almond Joy.
My mom did not take my lack of manners particularly well.
Now that I have converted to becoming an Almond Joy lover, I am trying to find ways to eat them without taking in all that extra corn syrup and processed sweeteners (although I will allow myself to indulge here and there!)
So hey, let me introduce you to my newest “date.” I know, I’ve been killing it on the puns lately. This recipe is actually my first time making energy bites and these satisfy all of my late night cravings. They are naturally sweetened with dates and are chocked full of nuts for some protein powder. I also snuck in some Wild Friend Almond Cashew Butter, which comes loaded with superfoods and brings that sexy back to these balls. The flavor screams Almond Joy, but the texture definitely screams cookie dough. And I'm all about cookie dough all the time!
Almond Joy Energy Bites
2 cups loosely packed dates, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes and patted dry
2 cups unsalted almonds
½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut (plus more for rolling)
½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons Wild Friends Almond Cashew Super Seed Butter
Add all ingredients to a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine, scraping down the sides as needed. Blend the mixture for about 3 minutes, or until the mixture has moved past the crumbly stage and begins to clump and stick to the sides of the food processor.
Use a spoon to measure out about a tablespoon of dough. Roll it into a ball, then roll it in coconut flakes. You could also just eat the dough out of the bowl like I do!
Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks.