Nutty Chocolate Date Bites (Vegan, GF)

We’ve now been here in Nicaragua for over a month (EEK!) and I’ll be honest… the first few weeks I was having such a hard time adapting. I felt very alone and lost.

As fate would have it, I ended up stumbling upon (not one, but TWO) local groups of expat women who were forming some women’s circles here in my town. I was ecstatic and it 100% changed my energy to be able to connect with some other amazing women.

At one of our recent gatherings, we had a potluck- which normally, are my jam. Seriously- you know me. I love to bake, cook and host. That is literally what I live for!

However, at this time, being only a few weeks into a new country… I had ZERO idea where to find anything and the ‘regular’ ingredients I would use for my items were also hard to come by.

That meant I had to jump outside my comfort zone and make a dessert I didn’t often prepare. I mean, you’ve seen my blog! My normal go-to when I bring an item is muffins or cookies… so what could I possibly make with no flour?!

After peering through my cupboards racking my brain (and a generous gift of a bag of coconut palm sugar from a neighbor), I got the idea to make some date bites!

The idea was great and the end result was delicious. But speaking from experience, this recipe will be a LOT easier than it was initially for me if you have a food processor. Attempting to break down the dates in an old blender wasn’t an adventure I’d like to repeat! haha.

Anyways, these delicious little bites make a GREAT potluck item or a yummy mid-day snack. If you wanted, you can follow my recommendations below to add in some protein powder and make these a powerful pre or post workout snack as well 🙂

This recipe is:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free
  • No bake
  • Easy to make
  • Healthy
  • Kiddo approved
  • & Delicious

Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Nutty Chocolate Date Bites

15 Minutes


8 Bites



  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp almond milk

For rolling:

  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar



STEP 1: Add dates, almonds, cashews, cacao powder and almond milk to a food processor and blend on high speed for 10 seconds. Scrape down with a spatula and repeat if needed. The texture should be smooth and it should form a sticky paste.

STEP 2: Combine the cacao powder and coconut palm sugar in a small bowl.
STEP 3: Roll the mixture into 1 inch balls with your hands, then gently roll them through the powder/sugar mixture to coat them evenly.
STEP 4: Place them spaced out on a tray with parchment paper or in a container, and then set them in the fridge for 30 minutes to chill.


  • If your mixture isn’t coming together, try adding a bit more almond milk (slowly) to help it mimic a paste.
  • Make sure your dates are pitted or do so yourself before placing in the food processor!
  • A high-speed food processor works best for this recipe. I used a blender and it was very difficult to get it to take the proper form.
  • To make these a high-protein workout snack, replace the cacao powder in the recipe (AND the cacao powder used for rolling) with a chocolate plant-based protein powder instead.



Brianne xx

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