These strawberry energy bites with dates are such an easy, healthy snack. They taste like dessert, but they’re actually good for you!
We’re big snackers in my house. I like to have lots of quick, healthy snacks on hand to get my family from one meal to the next. I’m partnering with Dole Packaged Foods to share this easy, fruity snack recipe.
These vegan strawberry energy bites are the perfect nutritious snack that tastes like dessert. Almonds and dates give them the bulk of their texture, and dried strawberries, chocolate chips, and shredded coconut bring their flavor to life.
Strawberry Energy Bites with Dates Tips
Berries: I always keep frozen berries on hand, and Dole sliced strawberries are so convenient for this recipe. In order to intensify the strawberry flavor and get the texture just right, I like to partially dehydrate the strawberries. To do this, simply place them in a 250 degree oven for 60 to 90 minutes. They don’t need to be fully dried out, but you want them to reduce to about 25 percent of their original volume.
Chocolate: I like to use mini vegan chocolate chips in this recipe for the best distribution of flavor. For an even stronger chocolate taste, you can add a teaspoon of cocoa powder to the mixture along with the chocolate chips.
Storage: Store these in the refrigerator for several days, or freeze for later use.
Here’s a quick video showing the easy process behind these energy bites:
Strawberry Energy Bites with Dates
- 1 cup almonds
- 4 oz Medjool dates 1 cup, about 8 dates
- 2 tbs mini vegan chocolate chips
- 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut divided
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Place the strawberries in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 60 to 90 minutes. You want to dry out some of the liquid from the strawberries, resulting in about ⅓ cup of dehydrated strawberries. The smaller/thinner slices will take about an hour, and the larger pieces will take about 90 minutes.
- In a food processor, process the almonds until they’re broken up into small pieces (about 20 seconds). Add the dates, chocolate chips, berries, and 2 tablespoons of the shredded coconut. Process until smooth. Depending on how dried out your strawberries are, you may need to add a teaspoon or two of water to get the dough to come together.
- Place the remaining 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut in a small bowl. Form the strawberry date mixture into 12 balls, and roll each ball in the shredded coconut. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve, or freeze for up to 3 months.
Vegan Energy Bites Price Breakdown
This recipe costs a total of $5.56 to make, or $.46 per ball. Enjoy these energy bites with dates for a quick, healthy snack.
Note: This post was sponsored by Dole Packaged Foods. All opinions are my own.