These naturally sweetened Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites are a great snack to help you power through the afternoon. Full of good for you foods like chia seeds and flaxseed meal, they’re a healthier and delicious option.
Let me just start out by saying the given: these chocolate coconut energy bites are really good. They’re full of good for you things like chia seeds and flaxseed meal.
So. I had a bit of a bad mom moment though. I tried tricking Kelsey into eating these by calling them cookies.
It worked since they do look and taste somewhat like a cookie … And I immediately regretted it. She was super excited about having a “cookie” after lunch while I was trying to take pictures of them. I’m not really sure why I thought I had to trick her and I’m really annoyed with myself for going that route. I’m not one to try to trick her about food or drinks. I like to tell her what things are so she knows if she can (or wants to) eat or drink it.
For example, beer and wine. At first we used to tell her they were mommy and daddy drinks. But that didn’t really teach her anything. So we started telling her what it was (beer, wine, coffee, etc.) so she could identify it and know it wasn’t something she could have. We try to do the same with food. I want her to be able to identify different foods because she knows what she likes and doesn’t like. She knows she likes cookies. I know she likes cookies. So I told her it was a cookie so she’d try it. And I totally regretted that decision because I want her to be able to ask for these by name for a snack and not ask for a cookie.
When I told her these were actually called energy bites and not cookies, she didn’t care. In fact, she loved the name. We talk a lot with Kelsey about energy and how food gives us energy and how sleep helps give us energy. Usually it’s in the context of how she needs to eat so she can have energy or she needs to take a nap so she can have energy and grow big and strong. You know how toddlers are. You gotta talk up a big game to get them to do anything.
Anyways, the whole concept of energy is fascinating to Kelsey. She likes to hear about how she’ll get energy or how she’ll grow and get strong. One of her new favorite sayings is “I have energy!” which sounds way cuter than how you’re reading it, by the way.
Once I told her they were energy bites for snacks she was all over that. She started running laps around the house saying her favorite little phrase like a mantra. It was exactly what I wanted her to be doing before nap. Not. At least she likes them, right?!
So while this whole thing was taking place, I was still trying to take some photos. But wait. I have another kid. She was happily playing on her own for a few minutes but like a little baby ninja, she sneaked up on my set up (bad mom moment #2) and swiped my spoonful of cocoa powder.
Cocoa powder everywhere. All over my table. All over my kid. All over my carpet.
But I have dogs, they’re great for cleaning! Which led to bad mom moment number 3. Because chocolate could kill them. So here I am trying to get my dogs away from the cocoa powder, clean up, keep the ninja baby from getting into anything else AND avoid getting run over by my energized, lap running child. Welcome to twenty minutes of my life. Pure chaos.
At least I’ve got these chocolate coconut energy bites to get me through the afternoons. I definitely need all I can get. Also, if you’re looking for more ways to use up that big ol’ bag of chia seeds, they make a great vanilla chia seed pudding. If you’re looking for more chocolate – my mint chocolate chia seed pudding is the way to go! You can even bake with your chia seeds like my friend Kristen from A Mind Full Mom did – she made some rockin’ Paleo Chia Seed Muffins.
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Chocolate Coconut Energy Bites
- 1 C certified gluten free oats
- 1/2 C toasted unsweetened coconut
- 1/4 C cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 C flaxseed meal
- 1/3 C raw honey
- 1/2 C coconut butter, softened
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2Tbsp coconut oil, melted
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, coconut, cocoa powder, chia seeds and flaxseed meal.
- In a separate bowl, stir together honey, softened coconut butter, vanilla extract and melted coconut oil. Pour over the oat mixture and mix well to completely combine. If the mixture feels too dry, add a bit more honey. The mixture will be too soft to roll into balls.
- Refrigerate the mixture for 15-20 minutes and then roll into 24 balls, about the size of a ping pong ball. The mixture may be a bit crumbly so pressing them into balls might work better than rolling. I found that rolling them would cause them to crumble but pressing and forming them worked well. They will harden up and keep their shape when refrigerated.
Store in the refrigerator for 7-10 days.