These Dark Chocolate Coconut Brownie Bites are made with just dates, almonds, walnuts, cocoa powder, and unsweetened coconut and they taste just like brownie bites!
Around this time last year, I posted a recipe for these super simple peanut butter chocolate chip “energy bites.” Somehow, the recipe ended up getting shared a boatload of times (30k times on Facebook and 10k on Pinterest!?) and to this day, it’s one of the most visited recipes on the blog each week. I definitely haven’t forgotten about them– I actually made a batch last weekend. Plus, those peanut butter energy bites are probably the number one blog recipe that friends in real life have told me they’ve made, which makes me super happy. One friend even told me recently that she figured out how to make them using only ingredients from our dining hall!
When I was at home in Raleigh for a couple of days during spring break, I got the urge to do some recipe experimenting, and so energy bites 2.0 were born. These dark chocolate coconut brownie bites were inspired by a new-to-me Larabar flavor, Chocolate Coconut Chew.
**Update 9/21/17: The Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabars are an awesome deal on Amazon at less than $1 per bar, with an extra 25% discount on top of that right now! Seriously a killer deal since they’re often $1.50+ per bar at the store. But read on for my recipe (or do what I did and order some bars right this instant AND make your own brownie bites. And then you can do a taste test to compare the two, or just roll around in the healthy chocolate coconut brownie goodness.)
I used the exact ingredients that are in the Larabars (dates, walnuts, almonds, cocoa powder, & unsweetened coconut flakes), which kept the ingredient list short, sweet and super healthy.
The recipe only takes about 10 minutes to make and is super easy. Just toss all of the ingredients in the food processor and run it until the everything’s finely chopped up and starts to come together. Then, form into balls and roll them in coconut. That’s it!
The only downsides to this recipe are that it requires a food processor and the bites aren’t quite simple enough to make from dining hall ingredients unless you go to a super fancy school that serves dates and coconut flakes…but it’s worth going to the store because they’re HEALTHY COCONUT BROWNIE BITES.
If you like brownies and coconut and healthy things, you should make them! But you don’t have to! But if you want to be really, really happy, I highly recommend going the first route!
If you try out the recipe, I’d love for you to leave a comment or take a picture and tag me @livbane on Instagram. Hope you enjoy!
Calories: 89 Fat: 5g (Saturated fat: 1g) Carbs: 11g Sugar: 8g Fiber: 2g Protein: 2g
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Note 9/21/17: The Chocolate Coconut Chew Larabars are an awesome deal on Amazon at less than $1 per bar, plus an extra 25% discount on top of that right now!