ChocoVivo Paleo Cacao Bites

Perfect for when we are craving all the richness of a dense chocolate brownie or torte, but without the heaviness of full butter or gluten.

1 tablespoonVirgin coconut oil, melted, cooled, plus more for pan
3 tablespoonsChocoVivo Cacao Nibs
5 ounces (about 8)Pitted Medjool dates
½ cupChocoVivo Chocolate Nut Butter
3 tablespoonsGround chia seeds, ground flaxseed, and/or ground hemp seeds
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
½ teaspoonGround cinnamon
3 tablespoonsAlmond or hazelnut flour or meal
3 tablespoonsUnsweetened shredded coconut
Flaky sea salt


Brush an 8 x 4" 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.

Place dates in a small heatproof bowl; pour boiling water over to submerge. Cover with plastic wrap; let sit until softened, 810 minutes.

Drain dates and transfer to food processor. Add nut butter and remaining 1 tablespoon 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.

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.

Do Ahead: Energy bites can be made 5 days ahead. Cover and chill. Or freeze up to 2 weeks.

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