Toasted Coconut and Macadamia Energy Bites

Let’s talk a quick two-bite snack that is perfect for those moments when you are trying to cook dinner but can’t stop thinking about how hangry you are.

Or, or! For an after-dinner sweet treat. You know, for those days when you don’t want to eat an entire piece of cake and all that jazz.

These simple toasted coconut and macadamia energy bites are a perfect wholesome snack! And they taste like a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie!

Maybe as a pre-workout energy boost?

These toasted coconut and macadamia energy bites are most excellent for all of the above scenarios. All of which happen fairly often at our house.

Now, I’ve been enjoying energy bites for a whole lotta years. Like these oatmeal raisin energy bites. And these chocolate peanut butter energy bites!

But today’s flavor? Well, it’s my current bite of choice. Because, coconut! And coconut = spring.

And let me let you in on a little secret. They taste like a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie … even though there’s no chocolate involved. I couldn’t quite put my finger on exactly what I thought they reminded me of, but it was the husband’s immediate reaction. And he’s totally spot on.

These little bites are naturally sweetened with some pure maple syrup and are packed to the brim with all the good stuff – we have oats, ground flaxseed, almond butter, macadamia nuts! And of course the toasted coconut. <— The best!

These simple toasted coconut and macadamia energy bites are a perfect wholesome snack! And they taste like a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie!

So, let’s shimmy on along to some tips & tricks for the recipe.

  1. A small cookie scoop is your best friend here. It makes the process of forming the bites much quicker and you’ll wind up with ones that are all the same size.
  2. A note on the almond butter – I like plain almond butter here (i.e. not one that’s jazzed up with lots of sugar, vanilla, etc.). There’s plenty of sweetness from the other ingredients! Also, try to go for no-stir almond butter (or just stir yours really really well before using in the recipe).
  3. If needed for your diet, be sure to use ingredients that are certified gluten free.
  4. I mention this down in the recipe, but I’d encourage you to let the balls chill in the refrigerator for several hours before enjoying. They firm up more during this time and get perfectly chewy!

And yes, my world absolutely revolves around snacks. Hmmm, and meals.

Okay fine, food in general.

These simple toasted coconut and macadamia energy bites are a perfect wholesome snack! And they taste like a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie!

Yield: about 28 bites

Toasted Coconut and Macadamia Energy Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes

These simple toasted coconut and macadamia energy bites are a perfect wholesome snack! And they taste like a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie!

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ⅓ cup chopped macadamia nuts
  • ¾ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup crispy brown rice cereal (or regular)
  • 3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup creamy almond butter
  • ⅓ cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Add the coconut to a small skillet set over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant and golden brown. {Don’t walk away during this! The coconut can burn easily!} Add to a large bowl.
  2. Add the macadamia nuts to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add to the large bowl. Add the rolled oats to the bowl of the food processor and pulse until finely chopped (but not so far that it turns into a flour-like consistency). Add to the large bowl, along with the brown rice cereal, flaxseed, almond butter, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix until well combined (it will be thick). Place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes until well chilled (if you need to let the mixture sit longer to get nice and chilled, do it!).
  3. Form the chilled mixture into balls about 1 to 1 ½ inches in size.* Store the balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I like to let these chill for several hours after forming into balls before enjoying.

*These bites are MUCH easier to form into balls with cold and slightly wet hands. A few times during the process, I quickly rinse my hands with cold water and shake dry (and then continue forming). Helps tremendously!

Prep time does not include time to let the mixture chill in the fridge before forming into balls. The 15 minutes is the hands-on / active time for the recipe!

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