• Chocolate Coconut Date "Lara" Bites

    October 7, 2012

    Hi Carrots ā€˜Nā€™ Cake readers! I am honored to be writing a guest post for Tina while she is away in Seattle! My name is Danielle and I blog over at Clean Food Creative Fitness! I am a CrossFitter, who eats Paleo about 80-90% of the time, and live in Boston! Sound familiar?! I’m also a nutritionist and health coach and love making healthy eating delicious!

    Today I wanted to talk Paleo. I am hearing about more and more people trying Paleo or wanting to give it a try, which is so exciting! However as we are getting closer into Fall and Winter and the holidays start coming up, we are finding more sweets and non-Paleo temptations available! I wanted to give you a recipe that is Paleo and a great treat to make and have on hand as a quick snack when you are craving something sweet! Little secret: My family (who is nowhere close to Paleo) really liked them! You could even bring them to an outing, the office, or a holiday party so you know there will be at least one Paleo option available.

    Chocolate Coconut Date “Lara” Bites



    • 25 small dates
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
    • 1/4 cup almonds
    • 2 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder***For those of you wondering if chocolate is Paleo see this awesome post from Whole9!
    • 1 tsp. coconut oil
    • dash sea salt


    1. In a food processor add all of your ingredients.
    2. Pulse your ingredients until well blended. About 2-3 minutes. They will be a bit chunky still.
    3. Roll your mixture into balls.
    4. Refrigerate to store and enjoy!

    Makes 13 Bites

    DSCN1073 Some other Paleo “Sweets”:

    • Larabar (not the peanut one)
    • Dates, figs, or Dried Unsweetened Mango
    • Scoop of coconut butter
    • Coconut flakes toasted with sea salt and cinnamon
    • Freeze dried fruit
    • Fresh fruit

    What’s your go to when you want something sweet???

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    { 26 comments… read them below or add one }

    Cassie @ CassieRanae.com October 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I LOVE that you included other Paleo “sweets” — I’m about a week and a half into Paleo eating and my biggest challenge is the after-dinner sugar craving. I’ve done fruit + almond butter, microwaveable “cookies” (like Tina’s nut butter cookie) with varied ingredients (cocoa powder, almond butter, pumpkin, egg, cinnamon, flaxseed, almond milk, etc.), and chocolate milk (cocoa powder, almond milk, stevia), but I’m still looking for ideas that are low sugar and calorie. How sweet is coconut butter? That’s on my list to try…

    Any other ideas anyone has are greatly appreciated!


    Melissa October 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    @Cassie @ CassieRanae.com:
    What a perfect opportunity to challenge yourself to nix your after dinner sugar habit! šŸ˜‰


    Cassie @ CassieRanae.com October 9, 2012 at 11:20 am

    @Melissa: Ha! Yes. Yes, indeed.


    michelle kim October 7, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Looks like a great recipe! I love the simple ingredients that go into this dessert. For something sweet, I usually go for dark chocolate or something with peanut butter.


    Stefanie October 7, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    I may try these. Lara bars are my favorite sweet treats.


    caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy October 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    sounds perfect!!


    Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear October 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Love the recipe Danielle!


    Katie October 7, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I just got a food processor (my first) – so I’m excited to try this!


    Michelle @ Eat Move Balance October 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I usually look to fruit when I want something sweet. Apples, oranges, berries, mango . . . I love it all.

    I recently made an apple pie that happens to be a paleo recipe (I found it on Pinterest). It was incredible. I brought it to my sister’s house for a football party, and everyone loved it. Here’s the link to my post if you’re interested: http://eatmovebalance.com/a-twist-on-homemade-apple-pie/


    luv what you do October 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    I made a similar bar that people have said is like a Larabar. I’ve never tried one, but I love the date based bars. These look incredible and I will be trying them soon!


    Emily @ www.main-eats.com October 7, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Looks super amazing-great idea!


    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers October 7, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    These little bites look delicious! I take it you can’t have peanuts on the paleo lifestyle? I don’t think I could give up peanut butter! šŸ™‚ However I do like everything else that paleo has to offer. For me, it woul dbe easy, but my Husband would never go for it! Going to make your little bites this evening!


    Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 7, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    YES!!!! Totally making this recipe. I love Lara bars (not the price!) and I’m always looking for something easy that I can enjoy for a quick snack that’s also healthy.


    Ellie@Fit for the Soul October 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    If I want something sweet I usually end up eating a baked good within moderation, or more often than not, I’ll have greek yogurt, cereal, granola, and all those add-ins! It’s actually really delish and filling. šŸ˜‰ ok ok, and I’ll have dark chocolate (my fave choc) too hehe.


    Maria @powerpeanutlife October 7, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I love salty and sweet – dried figs with salted macadamias. Sooo good! I also have to have one piece of very dark (at least 70%) chocolate every night.

    The bf brought be back dates from Turkey. Guess who’s making you “lara” bites tomorrow? This girl! Thanks for the recipe.


    Cher @ Weddicted October 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm

    Plain dark chocolate, love Lindt the best!


    Ed October 8, 2012 at 2:42 am

    I actually do grab a Larabar, but when I want something sweet it usually means ice cream. And by ice cream I mean salted caramel ice cream!


    Jess October 8, 2012 at 5:06 am

    These look really good! Love that they are bite size!


    heidi kokborg October 8, 2012 at 6:44 am

    They look delicious! šŸ™‚


    Life's a Bowl October 8, 2012 at 8:40 am

    These look delic!!! I tried my first Lara bar a couple of weeks ago and love the short ingredient list! The taste and texture remind me of the filling in Fig Newtons [a childhood favorite] šŸ™‚


    kristle October 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

    i’m not pro-paleo, but i do love to make my own flavors of lara bars or lara “ballz.” much cheaper!


    Meghan@themeghamix October 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Oooh, these look delicious!


    Ashley October 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    I made these last night and they were delicious! I’ve tried other “Lara Bar” recipes in the past, but these will be my go-to recipe from now on. Thanks!! šŸ™‚


    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance October 10, 2012 at 3:28 am

    I LOVE making homemade Larabars. The cost is just not worth it since you can make a giant batch at home in such a short amount of time. I normally make bars, but I have to try “bites” to cut out half the time šŸ™‚


    Jenn November 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    These look great! My kids love LaraBars- I can’t wait to give these a try!


    Mary Quinn November 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I luuuvvv these! I added a tiny bit of almond milk to get the consistency I wanted! Yummy!


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