Chocolate Covered Coconut Bites

Originally, these were going to be caramel bites made with dates and a little bit of coconut.  However, the consistency wasn’t quite right and before I knew it the coconut had taken over!  But not to worry, they tasted great anyway!

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I love chocolate in all shapes and forms and a box of chocolates with various fillings (like the ones you get for Valentine’s Day) is one of my top favorites.  But I rarely eat them because of their high sugar content and long list of unrecognizable ingredients!  These Chocolate Covered Coconut Bites help fill that void.  Made with only 3 ingredients they are a much healthier version of those sinful (yet delicious) boxes of chocolates.

Chocolate Covered Coconut Bites

Ingredients

  • 20 pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
  • 1 cup chocolate of your choice
  • pinch of salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put dates and water in a small bowl and let soak overnight.
  2. Using a food processor, blend soaked dates*, coconut and salt.  Repeatedly scrape the sides of your food processor and then blend to get a consistent dough.**
  3. Refrigerate dough in a mixing bowl for 1 hour or until firm.
  4. Roll dough into bite-sized balls and place on lined baking sheet.***  Put in the fridge.
  5. Melt chocolate in a small sauce pan on low heat.
  6. Once chocolate is melted, take the balls out of the fridge and coat them in the melted chocolate.  Put chocolate covered balls back on the lined baking sheet.
  7. Refrigerate to let chocolate set.

*Put soaked dates and any remaining water into food processor.

**You will know the dough is ready when it is a uniform texture and color.  You will be able to mold it into a ball, but it will be very sticky…hence the refrigeration.

***I made 22 bite-sized balls and placed them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper.

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Dough is just right!  Scrape into mixing bowl and refrigerate.

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Roll dough into bite-sized balls after refrigeration.

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Melt one cup of your choice of chocolate then coat balls in said chocolate.  I used a Godiva dark chocolate Easter bunny 🙂

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Refrigerate to let chocolate set then enjoy!

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Question for you guys: What is your favorite filling in a box of chocolates?

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