So, as you may know if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, I’m currently in the midst of Whole30 number three. (Can I get a woot, woot!) I realize the Whole30 program isn’t for everyone, but it definitely works for me. I feel lighter, fresher, and more inspired when I’m eating Paleo or Paleo-ish, so I try to eat that way as much as possible. Every so often, though, I feel as though I’ve fallen into a trap of eating too much sugar and too many refined carbs. So when I start to get sluggish and dull-feeling, I know it’s time to hit that nutritional reset button and do another Whole30. (You can read some of my thoughts about the Whole30 program here.)
During my first Whole30, I made an effort to whip up energy bites (basically, at home Larabar-esque truffle hacks) for Emma and me to snack upon between meals or before workouts. They’re easy and they’re a lot cheaper than buying piles of Larabars. (Don’t mistake me: I do that, too.) Early on in my second Whole30, Emma sent me a fab birthday gift which included several flavors of energy bites from her co-op (and hubby picked some up at our co-op as a surprise, too… so I had lots). I stretched the co-op energy bites through the entire Whole30 and never had to make any of my own. This time, I thought it’d be fun to experiment with a few different flavors of energy bites, and here’s the first. Presenting: Cocoa-Nut Energy Truffles.
- 1 package Dole pitted dates
- 1/2 cup unsweetened flaked or shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup raw unsalted almonds
- 2 heaping tbsp. unsweetened almond butter
- 1-2 heaping tbsp. plain cocoa powder*
*I used 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and my energy truffles came out with only the barest hint of chocolate flavor. If you’re just looking for a whisper of chocolate, use 1 tablespoon, but if you want something fudgier, up the quantity to two heaping tablespoons. I’ll be making that modification the next time I whip these truffles up.
- Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender (such as a Vitamix) or powerful food processor. Process until mixture is the consistency of heavy wet sand. (You’re welcome for the visual.)
- Decant mixture into a bowl. It should look like this:
- Knead with your hands until all ingredients are fully combined, and the batter comes together like so:
- Roll into two-bite sized balls. If desired, roll balls in extra coconut flakes or cocoa powder. (I left mine plain and they were perfectly fine. Refrigerated, they do not stick together.)
- Store in the fridge and enjoy a few at a time anytime you need a little pick-me-up!
These little bites are a great dessert treat, pre-workout fuel, or pick-me-up any time of day. There’s some debate about whether 100% natural cocoa powder is permissible on the Whole30, and even the program’s founders don’t agree. Personally, I agree that cocoa powder is much like cinnamon – it could be reminiscent of a non-Whole30 treat, but if you’re not using it as a crutch then it’s fine. I think that the negligible amount of cocoa powder spread throughout these little bites (particularly when you consider the health benefits) is n.b.d. So go ahead. Enjoy!
Yield: approximately 15-20 truffles, depending on size.
Please source Covered In Flour for this recipe.