These vegan Chocolate Almond Energy Bites are perfect for a road trip! They have a touch of salt to balance out the sweet flavor of the dates.
One of my favorite things to pair with chocolate is almond. It is one dessert combination that I make often. I especially love to use almond extract because it adds a special touch.
These Chocolate Almond Energy Bites are the perfect combination of sweet and salty. I added a little salt because it balanced out the sweet flavor of the dates.
I like to have protein bars and trail mix whenever I travel. I made these Chocolate Almond Energy Bites because I was planning food for a road trip that I just got back from. I also had a package of dates waiting for me to make them into something. I didn’t calculate the cost, but I bet these are probably a lot cheaper than buying protein bars or premade trail mix, and they were super easy to make.
I am really glad that I had these along with me for the road. If you are vegan (and gluten free), you know how hard it can be to find good food in the middle of nowhere. I always bring a bunch of premade food in a cooler to eat, and I bring things to make while camping or staying at a cabin with a kitchen.
I tend to get creative with the provided breakfast foods that hotels offer. One hotel that I stayed at had oatmeal with a bunch of toppings. Unfortunately, I didn’t know if the oatmeal was gluten free, because it could be cross-contaminated with gluten. So, I took the toppings that I liked – dried cranberries, sliced almonds, and pecans. I than sliced a banana, added the toppings and covered it with the soy milk that I packed. Trail mix cereal, anyone?
These bites were a nice treat when I was craving chocolate, and getting sick of my hotel snacks. While on the road I ate a bunch of peanut butter packets, bananas, and oranges from the hotels that I stayed at. Let me tell you, I don’t think I’ll be eating peanut butter, bananas, or oranges for quite sometime!
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Chocolate Almond Energy Bites
Makes approx. 15
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 2 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 cup almond meal
- 2 pinches salt
- cacao or cocoa powder
- crushed nuts
- shredded coconut
- hemp seeds
- chia seeds
- maca powder
- Mix all ingredients in a food processor. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Roll into balls. Roll in one of the coatings and serve.