Cherry Chocolate Chip Bites with Almonds

Breakfast, midday snack, pre-workout fuel - whenever you need a nutrient-dense pick-me-up, these gems have you covered. Sweet dates, tart cherries, crunchy almonds, and dark chocolate, all rolled in coconut flour. Gluten-free, vegan, uber healthy, no bake, short ingredient list, and ready in a flash! All boxes checked!

My goal with these bites was to create a powerful snack that didn't contain flour, oats or honey - I've done that before and wanted to create something new and different. Well, these are incredibly different and downright fab-u-lous!

The sweetness comes from dates - no refined sugar for miles. I also added dried tart cherries (to balance the sweetness of the dates), almonds (for crunch and protein), and dark chocolate chips (because they're awesome, that's why). The last step is rolling the balls in coconut flour - and wow, what an amazing combination. I love the subtle coconut flavor with everything else in the "bite". 

No baking. No long ingredient list. Nutrient-packed bites you can feel good about eating and serving. Winner. 

Vegan? These bites are 100% vegan if you choose vegan chocolate chips. 

Cherry Chocolate Chip Bites with Almonds

2 cups dried dates (12 ounces)
1 1/2 cups blanched unsalted almonds 
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup dried cherries (I used tart cherries, but you can use any variety)
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used mini so they would spread out more and you'd get more in every bite)
1/4 cup coconut flour

In a food processor, combine the dates, almonds and salt. Process until the mixture is finely ground. Add the cherries and process until blended. Add the chocolate chips and pulse on and off until blended (you just want the chips incorporated, not ground).
Shape the mixture into 30 to 32 balls (if the mixture is sticking to your hands, use water-moistened hands and it'll be super easy). Rolls the balls in the coconut flour and shake off excess (I found it easiest to roll the balls in my hands to shake off the excess).
Store leftovers in an airtight container (if you have leftovers... highly unlikely).
Makes 30-32 balls