Almond, Coconut & Date Bites

by Kiran on February 21, 2014 · 34 comments

in Desserts, How-To, Snack

Age is just a number. Right?

After all, how much does it matter if you are eating healthy and conscious about what you put in your mouth. Or so I thought.

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What’s my age you ask? While I’d love to believe that I’m 29 and I’ll forever have a 29 year old personality — the reality is, hitting mid-30s came with shocking responsibilities. For starters, taking our health more seriously.

Its boring necessities, but very crucial.

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The fact of the matter is, I have almost no control over carbs. There’s no way to ever say goodbye when it comes to desserts or even rice. But I can make a commitment towards a healthier lifestyle. And that begins with portion control and healthy snacking whenever necessary.

These bites surely delivers. Healthy, sweet and indulgent bites — definitely curbs my sweet tooth and carbs at bay.

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Oh, thank goodness, chocolate is “healthy”. For snacking or otherwise 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of toasted whole almonds, chopped
  • 40 soft medjool dates, pitted + chopped
  • 2/3 cup of grated coconut, lightly toasted
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • optional: 4 oz bitter sweet chocolate & grated coconut for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet on low, lightly toast almonds and grated coconut until fragrant. Stir frequently to avoid burn. Remove to cool.
  2. Add chopped pitted dates into a large food processor. Pulse to breakdown before adding toasted almonds and coconut. Pulse again and add honey, salt and coconut oil.
  3. Pulse until everything combines into a soft dough.
  4. Line a small rectangular dish with a parchment paper. Press down dough or shape it into dough balls before refrigeration.
  5. Optional: spread a thin layer of chocolate to make date bars. Or roll dough balls, drizzle some chocolate and sprinkle on more grated coconut. Arrange it on a parchment and refrigerate to set.

 

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1 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health February 21, 2014 at 3:33 PM

lovely photos. I make something similar but shape them into balls and freeze them for my snack or as a dessert. Well, healthier life is like a habit I think..the more you practice, the easier it gets. Also, if you have a strong support system its easier stay in check.
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2 Kiran February 26, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Dixya — so true about a strong support system 🙂

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3 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ February 21, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I follow your blog for a while now. Your recipes look definitely healthy to me. Of course you also give space to chocolate, churros and a variety of rice based dishes but that’s definitely OK. It’s all good and genuine. In regards to aging, I realize I should exercise, practice a sport… I’m getting lazier and lazier instead 🙁
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4 Kiran February 26, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Daniela — me too! we need to motivate each other to get some exercise in 🙁

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5 Rosa February 21, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Welcome to the club! I’m also in my mid-thirties (feeling like a 16 years old, though) and taking my health very seriously. 😉

Those bites are perfect!

Cheers,

Rosa

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6 Kiran February 26, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Rosa — lol! serious is the right word 😉

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7 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings February 22, 2014 at 12:11 AM

Wait ’til you hit 40! LOL! These sweet treats transcends any age, that’s for sure!
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8 Kiran February 26, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Jen — thanks for the encouragement 😉

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9 Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 22, 2014 at 12:35 AM

These treats are the perfect way to cure a carb craving!
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10 Kiran February 26, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Laura — 🙂

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11 Asmita February 22, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Gorgeous clicks and these look so good! Have a great weekend!
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12 Kiran February 26, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Asmita — thank you and same to you!

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13 Ina gawne February 22, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Kiran – these look fabulous…I soooo have to make them, YUM!
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14 Kiran February 28, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Ina — thank you and yes, you should!! xo

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15 Ashley February 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Love these bites – I make something kinda similar and they definitely help me keep my sweet cravings in check! Because I agree – there’s no way I’ll ever be able to give up desserts but I try to be as healthy as I can! I try to keep as little “bad” food in the house as possible – if it’s not there I can’t easily grab it! And going to the store is such a pain : )
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16 Angie@Angie's Recipes February 22, 2014 at 2:31 PM

Lovely healthy bites! Anything with coconut, I am SOLD.
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17 Shobelyn February 22, 2014 at 2:41 PM

It is true. It feels like you become aware about health when you hit your mid – thirties. You feel aches and more flabby belly at this age too. Wait till you get in your 40s and it will be much worse. The good thing about getting old is, you feel you have more experience about life and everyone calls you ” maam.”
I like this snack you are sharing today. It look like a perfect portion to satisfy a sweet craving. Thanks.
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18 Lizzy (Good Things) February 22, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Delicious, Kiran… you are but a spring chicken, but it’s a good thing to take care of yourself! : )
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19 Alanna February 22, 2014 at 3:19 PM

Um, oh my goddess. Your photography is just exquisite and these bars look like little bits of heaven. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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20 Choc Chip Uru February 22, 2014 at 8:55 PM

I love how this is so full of healthy ingredients but would still be incredibly sweet and delicious 😀
Best of both!

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru
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21 Nancy/SpicieFoodie February 23, 2014 at 12:26 AM

It is a just a number, but you totally have the right attitude. These healthy bites would satisfy my sweet cravings. Thanks for sharing Kiran!
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22 Kelly February 23, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Love these bites, they sound incredible and perfect for kicking that sweet carb craving! I have definitely been more conscious of what I eat now that I am in my mid-thirties too and it’s nice that we can still enjoy tasty treats like this that are still healthy 🙂 Gorgeous photos as always Kiran and hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend!
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23 John@Kitchen Riffs February 23, 2014 at 12:50 PM

No matter how good of a diet you have and as much exercise you do, as you age your body changes and things head south. We all know people who are great about limiting caloric intake and who become gym rats — and look terrific! — but that’s not most of us, alas. No good answer for you, I’m afraid. But these little bites? They’re an answer for me! I love these — such great flavor. Who cares if bits and pieces are heading south when I can have these? 😉
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24 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy February 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Love the combo here. I try to include as much raw produce & nuts in our diet as possible. You simple can’t go wrong with them.
I love this recipe. Such as great thing to nibble – all day maybe? lol 🙂
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25 Selma February 24, 2014 at 3:09 AM

Delicious as well as healthy – it’s a win, win! I find the best way to hold fast is not to buy or keep processed food at home – you know, like crisps and fizzy drinks and if you drink a big glass of water before every meal, you stay hydrated and also don’t eat as much. It is a very sad fact that in general, the older we get, the less we need to eat. Oh and it’s really important to beef up the calcium intake as well…
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26 Helene D'Souza February 24, 2014 at 4:02 AM

well… I am in my mid 20s and I feel the same way and I wish I was 23! lol Somehow I can feel that each unhealthy food bite is taking down my energy level. I wonder how I will feel when I hit my mid 30s… Anyhow I would gladly take all your healthy bites and enjoy them alone and quietly in a corner of the house. =D

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27 easyfoodsmith February 24, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Awesome Kiran! I am going to make these to snack on…delicious and healthy. My hubby is going to love these since coconut and dates are his favorite. thanks for sharing 🙂
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28 Dipti Joshi February 25, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Really healthy bites. Awesome clicks..feel like having a bite!
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29 rika@vm February 25, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I will approach my 30s in a couple of years though and I understand about taking our health more seriously – and of course, more exercising and drinking plenty of water! I love these kinds of bites – coconut & almonds & a bit of salt…I bet that is pretty tasty with maple syrup, too!

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30 Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com February 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Kiran these bites are incredible! Almonds, dates and chocolate – ahhhh be still my heart! These remind me of little Larabars – only with a gorgeous chocolate topping!
I love dates – they are the ultimate fuel and GREAT with curbing sweet cravings – though they dont curb my cravings for more of THEM!
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31 Raymund February 26, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Can you send a pack of those to New Zealand, they look so scrumptious
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32 Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence February 26, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Mmmmmm, I make something similar but throw some almond butter in the mix. So tasty.
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33 Sylvie | Gourmande in the Kitchen February 27, 2014 at 4:57 AM

These sound like just my kind of treat!
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34 Carolyn Chan March 4, 2014 at 9:28 PM

I am TOTALLY with you on the trying to be healthy thing as you get older. And TOTALLY TOTALLY with you on the carbs thing – you know they’re not great for you, but I can’t go past a bowl of rice or a good pasta. What I have tried to do is reduce the wheat that I eat – which eliminates a lot of the carbs we eat nowadays anyway. And snacking with these treats would definitely keep the sweet tooth at bay for a while – they look delicious !
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