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Coconut and cacao bliss bites

Coconut and cacao bliss bites

| On 13, Mar 2014

Prepare for love at first bite. These bliss bites are perfectly sweet, melt in your mouth and blend the delicious flavours of chocolate and coconut. Plus, they’re nutritious.

This coconut and cacao bliss bites recipe consists of just five ingredients and can be made in under five minutes. (They can be eaten in under five minutes too…) They’re great for on the go and store in the fridge for up to two weeks, making them ideal snacks for uni and work.

If you’re wondering how these chocolatey, coconutty bites can possibly be healthy, here’s the answer. By combining the nutrient-dense ingredients of coconut, cacao powder, walnuts, rolled oats and dates, you create delicious little globes rich in fibre, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and essential minerals. This means that these bliss bites will keep you full for longer, promote healthy digestion, help regulate blood cholesterol and even boost metabolism.

For these reasons, this snack is a perfect way to both boost your energy and sate your sweet tooth. On top of this, these bites are refined sugar-free, vegan and easily made gluten-free by using gluten-free oats or replacing them with more walnuts.

All in all, bliss!

Coconut and cacao bliss bites

To finish, roll your bliss bites in some extra coconut. Image: Juliette Steen

To finish, roll your bliss bites in some extra coconut. Image: Juliette Steen

Makes around 16 balls

1 cup shredded coconut, plus a few tablespoons for rolling
½ cup walnuts
½ cup rolled oats
3 tbsp cacao powder
6-7 pitted Medjool dates

1. Start by placing the pitted Medjool dates in a small bowl and covering them with boiling water.

2. Then put the first three ingredients in a food processor and blend for about one minute, or until a course flour is formed.

3. Add in the cacao powder and soaked dates and blend again until it becomes a sticky, crumbly mixture. If you find the mixture too dry, add 1-2 tablespoons of the date water and blend again.

4. Roll the dough into small balls using your hands and cover them in extra coconut.

5. Place the bliss bites in the fridge and let them firm up for one hour — if you have the willpower!