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Chocolate Almond Chia Bites (Paleo)

  • Author: Caitlin
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 12-16 1x


  • 6 dried dates, soaked in warm water (or about 78 Tbsp date syrup)
  • 3 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1.5 cups almond meal
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • optional: 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • (If not sweet enough, add a 1/2 Tbsp maple syrup or honey)


  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Soak the dates in the warm water until soft, about 5 minutes or so, then squeeze out the water and add the dates to the blender. You can add about 2-3 Tablespoons of the soaking water if necessary, and the melted coconut oil. Blend until a paste forms. (If desired, add the optional vanilla now.)
  3. In a bowl, mix together almond meal, salt, cocoa powder, and chia seeds. Add date paste and stir well. It will probably be a little crumbly, which is fine. It might be sticky if you added extra water, which is also fine! Taste and adjust as desired.
  4. Scoop one Tablespoon of dough at a time and roll into a ball, or shape with your measuring spoon. (Makes 12-16 balls.) Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and then flatten with your hands, a fork, or the bottom of a glass. (Or leave them with rounded tops!)
  5. Bake on 350º for 12-15 minutes.
  6. Tips for this recipe: Based on your blender, and how much water you need to get your dates pureed, the final results might vary. I made these by warming the dates instead of soaking, and then blending them without water. The resulting cookies were firm and almost crunchy, so you can totally do that. I preferred them a little softer, so soaking them works perfectly.
  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Category: Snack, Dessert, Breakfast, Workout Fuel
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