These superfood-filled, protein-packed bites are perfect for a pre-workout boost or mid-day recharge. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, feel free to skip the chocolate-coffee coating.
YIELD: Makes about 3 dozen bites
ACTIVE TIME: 25 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes, plus chilling
3/4 cup dark chocolate-covered espresso beans (optional)
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1 1/2 cups pitted dates (preferably Medjool)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup creamy almond butter
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
If using, pulse espresso beans in a food processor until very finely ground. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet or plate; set aside.
Pulse coconut, almonds, and pumpkin seeds in food processor until very coarsely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl.
Pulse dates in food processor until finely chopped. Scrape down sides of bowl and add chia seeds. With the motor running, slowly stream in 1/4 cup very hot water and process until a paste forms. Add almond butter, ginger, turmeric, and salt; process until very smooth. Add coconut mixture and pulse until just combined.
Scoop date mixture by the level tablespoon, roll into balls in between palms, then roll in reserved chopped espresso beans, pressing slightly to adhere. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet or plate and chill at least 1 hour.
Bites can be made 7 days ahead. Chill in an airtight container, or freeze up to 3 months.
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