Paleo Cacao Bite Recipe

Paleo Cacao Bite Recipe

Posted by Damian Mika on

Sometimes we are craving all the richness of a dense chocolate brownie or torte, but without the heaviness of full butter or gluten. Enter these little Paleo Cacao Bites!
We found this recipe in the May issue of Bon Appetit and couldn't resist! Now that is it Spring we are in search of lighter versions of our favorite treats. Let us know if you have a recipe using ChocoVivo chocolate you'd like us to feature! 

 Prep Time
15 minutes

Chill Time 
60 minutes

Total Time
75 minutes

Recipe Yield
18 Servings

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: Paleo
Keywords: Energy, Chocolate


  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil, melted, cooled, plus more for pan
  • 3 tablespoons ChocoVivo cacao nibs
  • 5 ounces pitted Medjool dates (about 8)
  • ½ cup nut butter ( Cacao Butter for extra flavor)
  • 3 tablespoons ground chia seeds, ground flaxseed, and/or ground hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons almond flour or meal (we use hazelnut meal) 
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Flaky sea salt


    STEP 1

    Brush an 8½x4½" loaf pan with oil; line with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on long sides. Pulse cacao nibs in a food processor to a fine powder; transfer to a bowl.

    STEP 2

    Place dates in a small heatproof bowl; pour boiling water over to submerge. Cover with plastic wrap; let sit until softened, 8–10 minutes.

    STEP 3

    Drain dates and transfer to food processor. Add nut butter and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil; process in long pulses until dates disintegrate and ingredients come together (mixture will be crumbly). Add seeds, kosher salt, and cinnamon; pulse to incorporate. Add almond flour, ground cacao nibs, and shredded coconut and pulse just to combine. Press into prepared pan in an even layer, compacting as firmly as possible (it will look slightly greasy, but oils will solidify once mixture is cold). Cover and chill until firm, about 1 hour.

    STEP 4

    Uncover and use sides of parchment paper to lift bar out of pan. Cut into a 6x3 grid to form squares; sprinkle with sea salt.

      Variations & Tips

     *Energy bites can be made 5 days ahead. Cover and chill, or freeze up to 2 weeks.

    *Recipe and Photo Courtesy of Bon Appetit May 2017

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