Sweet, nutty, and exotic in flavor, Raw Cacao Goji Coconut Bites are the perfect healthy snack or treat when you want a little something extra special while also keeping it healthy and plant-based!
I’ve never met anything with chocolate and coconut that didn’t catch my eye, but add in nutrient-dense berries and keep it healthy? Well, consider me smitten!
Truthfully, I set out to make a goji berry energy bar recipe using crushed, organic raw goji berries. But then I got a major craving for some chocolate.
Cue the raw cacao nibs!
And after I toyed around with a few ideas for creating my energy bars, I realized that I didn’t feel like energy bars anymore.
No, let’s make perfectly poppable little energy bites instead!
But everyone has had energy bites, right?
Fruit, nuts, seeds, spices, etc. We all know how to make energy balls and love them dearly. In fact, these little lemon coconut energy bites are some I make on a regular basis.
No, no energy bars; I wanted something different. Something light enough to be a snack but decadent and just exotic enough to be totally dessert-worthy too. So these little Raw Cacao Goji Coconut Bites were born!
They look a little like red velvet cake balls, don’t they?
But they’re definitely not red velvet flavored (although that would be good too). No, these bites have a unique flavor unlike anything I’ve ever had in an energy ball or bite. In fact, they’re the perfect mix of raw chocolate, slight sweetness from the berries, rich caramel sweetness from the dates, and I love how the coconut gives them a light flavor and such a lovely texture.
The best part about making this recipe? There’s no baking required!
All you need to do to make these little bites is process the ingredients in your food processor or a blender (I used my Nutribullet), mix, roll into small bites, and then let them sit in the freezer for 20 minutes to firm up.
Or you put them in a brownie/cake pan, press them down, freeze for 20 minutes, and slice them into bars if you prefer to have a brownie-like treat. Either way, they’re delicious and are so good for you!
Nutritional Benefits of Raw Cacao Goji Coconut Bites
Magnesium, fiber, zinc, calcium, potassium, healthy fats, protein, vitamins A and C, loads of antioxidants, and even iron are all found in these little bites.
Plus, they’re phenomenal for your skin due to their high vitamin and mineral content, and they make you feel so good after just a few!
Did you know goji berries contain all the essential amino acids meaning they’re the only berry that’s a complete source of protein? Sure they’re not high in grams of protein, but they’re still a wonderful source and are amazing for your eye, brain, digestive, heart, and nervous system health.
Goji berries, coconut, and raw cacao are all great for your immune system since they’re so rich in minerals. Goji berries are also a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C as well as fiber, and they’re low-glycemic and a great source of potassium to regulate blood pressure and electrolytes in the body.
Dates are high in vitamin B6 and other B vitamins, magnesium, and potassium that make them wonderful for energy levels and metabolic health as well as calming frayed nerves and lowering cravings for sugar and other types of junk foods.
I love the pitted variety of Medjool dates by Natural Delight, but you can find other types of Medjool dates online if you want to order them in bulk. Smaller, deglet dates will also work in this recipe, but you’ll need to soak them first since they’re not as gooey as Medjool dates so they won’t mix up quite as easily. Just be sure that whatever type of dates you buy they’re either pitted or be sure to remove the pits before you use them.
Raw cacao is also great for lowering blood pressure as well as enhancing blood flow to your heart. It’s even rich in iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and antioxidants that make it one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet. Not to mention that raw chocolate makes everything better!
Now, to make these bites a little easier to chew and to enhance the color of the bites just a bit, I actually processed the goji berries up first before blending together the other ingredients.
This step resulted in a beautiful, bright red pinkish powder that reminds me of something magical like fairy dust (or as close to I’ll ever get to any)! 🙂
If you don’t take this step first, be sure to soak the goji berries in water for an hour or so to soften them up and then drain them before you mix up this recipe.
Goji berries aren’t as chewy and soft as other fruits like raisins or dates, but blending them up into a powder first works perfectly not to mention it adds a beautiful color to your bites too!
Finally, you can leave off the coconut flakes that I used as garnishes if you want, but I thought they added a nice touch not to mention a lovely pop of fresh color.
- 1 cup of pitted Medjool dates
- ¼ cup raw goji berries
- ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¼ cup raw cacao nibs
- First, process the goji berries in a food processor (or a blender like a Nutribullet) until they turn into a fine powder to help them blend with the other ingredients easier.
- Next, add the dates, goji berry powder, coconut and cacao nibs into a food processor (or blender).
- Process until a thick dough forms like cookie dough.
- Roll into one-inch bites and place on a glass plate. Top with extra unsweetened shredded coconut or unsweetened coconut flakes as a garnish if you like.
- Freeze for 20 minutes to set and enjoy, or set them in the fridge and enjoy a couple hours later after they firm up. These will keep up to one week in the fridge if well covered or in the freezer for one month if kept in a freezer-friendly container.
Ingredients I Used for This Recipe:
- Navitas Organics Raw Organic Cacao Nibs
- Navitas Organics Raw Organic Goji Berries
- Let’s Do Organic Reduced Fat Unsweetened Shredded Coconut (finely shredded)
- Bob’s Red Mill Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- Natural Delights Pitted Medjool Dates
I hope you all enjoy these Raw Cacao Goji Coconut Bites as much as I have been this week. They’re one of my favorite healthy desserts that don’t leave me with an upset tummy afterward, and they can be eaten any time of the day you want a feel-good chocolatey treat that’s also good for you!