Monkey Bites (Vegan, GF)

Do you have a monkey in your household? ðŸ™ˆ ðŸ™Š 🙉

I do ... not literally, but I do live with someone who LOVES bananas and asks for banana-flavored snacks and treats a LOT 🍌 . You'd think I'm talking about a child ... but he's in his 40s 😂 .

Last week, I had an extra bunch of bananas that were that perfect ripeness for banana bread (which is rare that they even lasted that long). But I just wasn't in the mood for banana bread.

I've been into making energy bites lately, and thought it could be fun to try making banana-flavored ones. With chocolate of course 😇 . 

A couple of notes:

  • I like to use Equal Exchange Chocolate Chipsas they are they are organic, vegan, fair-trade, and produced in a facility that does NOT process peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, and soy. Win!
  • If you're not a chocolate-lover like me, feel free to omit the chocolate chips and simply roll the balls in coconut flakes. If you're not a coconut lover, this recipe may not be for you 😉 .
  • BONUS: I added a Monkey Bite into my morning smoothie (before blending) for a little coco-nutty flavor action. DEE-LISH.

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Monkey Bites
(Vegan, GF)

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Prep time: 15 min
Makes 15 bites

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup roasted organic almonds
  • 1/4 cup organic cashews
  • 1/4 cup organic walnuts
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 very ripe organic banana
  • 4 organic Medjool dates, soaked
  • 1.5 cups coconut flakes
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 cup 70% semisweet
    Equal Exchange Chocolate Chips
  • Optional: Coconut flakes for ball rolling

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Soak the dates in hot filtered water to soften (5-10 min). After complete, fully drain the water and remove the date pits.
  2. While the dates are soaking, add almonds, cashews, walnuts, and sea salt to a food processor, and process until a fine nut flour is formed.
  3. Add coconut oil, banana, and medjool dates, and process until thoroughly mixed (note: the mixture will be VERY wet at this point).
  4. Add coconut flakes and process until the mixture thickens to a rollable texture.
  5. Transfer the dough to a bowl and fold in chocolate chips. Feel free to omit chocolate chips and go straight to step #6.
  6. Roll dough into 1" balls and coat with fresh coconut flakes (optional).
  7. Store in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days, or freeze for longer storage (thaw in the fridge before eating).