Zesty Chocolate Energy Bites Zesty Chocolate Energy Bites

Zesty Chocolate Energy Bites | Food styling by David Grenier | Prop styling by Ann Marie Favot Image by: Jodi Pudge

These treats with chia seeds and naturally sweet dates are a great pick-me-up for when you hit a mid-afternoon energy slump. Packed with fibre, they're a healthier snack to tide you over until dinner.

  • Prep time 20 minutes
  • Total time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup whole pitted dates (about 30)
  • 1 cup natural (skin-on) almonds , toasted
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves , toasted
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut or colourful sprinkles

Method

Coarsely chop dates. (If dates are dry, place in large microwavable bowl; cover with water and microwave on high until softened, 1 to 2 minutes. Drain well.)

Meanwhile, in food processor, pulse almonds with pecans until coarsely chopped. Add dates, chocolate chips, lime zest, lime juice, chia seeds and salt. Pulse until finely chopped and mixture starts to form ball.

Roll date mixture into 14 balls. Place coconut in shallow dish. Roll each ball in coconut, pressing gently to adhere. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in single layer in airtight container for up to 5 days or store in freezer for up to 1 month. Bring to room temperature before rolling in coconut or sprinkles.)  

Tip from The Test Kitchen: If the date mixture won't combine in the food processor, add water one tablespoon at a time to soften it up.

Makes 14 bites.

Nutritional facts Per bite: about

  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sodium 43 mg
  • Sugars 9 g
  • Protein 4 g
  • Calories 164
  • Total fat 12 g
  • Potassium 208 mg
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 3 g
  • Total carbohydrate 14 g

%RDI

  • Iron 7
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 3
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 4
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 0.0
  • Vitamin C 3
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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