Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites
Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites- all you need is 8 ingredients to make these decadent chocolate bites that taste just like an Almond Joy!
Almond Joys will forever be one of my favorite candies, even though I haven’t had one in over a decade. I ate enough of them throughout my childhood that I’l never forget what they taste like but I’m also fairly certain that they wouldn’t taste as good to me now as they once did.
Seeing how most of the sweet treats we eat now are homemade, my tastebuds have become much more sensitive to refined sugar. Plus, if I’m going to eat something sweet I prefer not to get that sickly feeling in my stomach afterwards. That’s the beauty of making homemade desserts, you can use better ingredients and adjust things to your personal preferences.
Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites Ingredients
Here’s what you need to make these coconut bites:
- Unsweetened Shredded Coconut- Using unsweetened coconut helps reduce refined sugars. I have not tested these with sweetened coconut so I recommend sticking with unsweetened for best results.
- Coconut Oil- Melted coconut oil helps bind the bites as it solidifies when they are cooled.
- Honey- The main sweetener in the recipe, honey is ideal for its sticky consistency, however pure maple syrup would probably work if you’re not into honey.
- Medjool Dates- Using dates also helps everything stick together while providing natural sweetness and nutrition.
- Vanilla- Just a touch of vanilla extract kicks up the flavor a few notches.
- Roasted Almonds- Raw or roasted almonds will work but we prefer the latter.
- Sea Salt- Because it just works so well with chocolate and almonds.
- Dark Chocolate- We’ll use melted chocolate for the coating and Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips are my personal favorite. However, you can also use your favorite chocolate bar if you prefer.
How to Make Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites
The only caveat to make these is that you will need a food processor. It’s essentially for fine chopping the dates and getting everything to stick together properly.
That said, all you have to do is place everything but the chocolate in the processor and pulse to combine. Then you scoop out the filling, press an almond on top, freeze it, roll it in melted chocolate and freeze again until set.
They’re not only easy to make but they’re kind of fun too! I’m telling ya, it’s good stuff.
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Dark Chocolate Almond Coconut Bites
- 2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup melted unrefined coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons honey, or pure maple syrup
- 5 Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ½ cup roasted almonds
- 6 ounces dark chocolate
- In the bowl of a food processor, combine the shredded coconut, coconut oil, honey, pitted dates, and salt. Blend for 20-30 seconds, until dates are very finely chopped and well combined with the coconut. At this point you should be able to press the mixture between your fingers and have it somewhat hold together. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. This will help the mixture set as the coconut oil solidifies, making it easier for you to shape into bites.
- Using a scooper, scoop out about one heaping tablespoon at a time and transfer it to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press one almond into the top of each. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, or until they are firm.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate by placing a small glass bowl over a pot with boiling water. Break the chocolate into pieces and place into the bowl then bring the water to a low boil. Continue to stir for about 5 minutes, as the chocolate melts.
- Once the coconut bites are firm from the freezer, use a fork to lift each one out and dip into the melted chocolate. Transfer the sheet back to the freezer for at least 15 minutes, or store in the refrigerator for several hours. After the chocolate has set they are ready to eat! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.