Paleo Power Bites (or just really tasty coconut date balls!)

One of my favorite nibbles that falls in the Paleo diet (Whole 30 is really a very strict Paleo diet) are these Paleo Power Bites. Honestly, this is something that I feel happy sharing with friends who are not taking on the Paleo lifestyle because they are so tasty.

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Ahh, January!

By the time the holiday season comes to an end and January shows up on our calendars, I am more than ready to reel in my indulgent eating and drinking, and make a change for the better with respect to my health. The trouble is, there is so much information out there on what is “the better” way to eat. How can anyone know what they should be eating? I feel that every diet or lifestyle eating plan that comes out eventually gets knocked down by some researcher or the next fad diet that emerges. So, what to do?

Paleo Power Bites scattered on a grey marble surface.

Well, I think that diet is very individual. Some people benefit from a high protein diet, others thrive with carbs. Some people can’t tolerate dairy, while others don’t want to eat meat. So how you eat is really a personal choice. There are some things that we can all do to improve our diets, but what that something is, is up to you. My advice is to pay attention. Pay attention to how you feel after you eat a certain food (or quantity of food) and then think about it before you do that again? Is it worth it? Sometimes, it is! Most of the time, however, probably not.

I like to treat January as a new clean slate with respect to my eating and this January I’m embarking on a modified Whole 30 plan (which is really an oxymoron because you really shouldn’t modify Whole 30 at all!). That means that I’m not going to eat sugar (that includes alcohol), grains, dairy, beans or legumes. ? I’ve done this before and while it can be difficult at times, I generally feel great. My respiratory allergies disappear and I feel lighter and more energetic. Today is only day 2, so we’ll see how I do!

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Paleo Power Bites scattered on a grey marble surface.

These are a perfect treat to keep in your freezer (or fridge, but I love them partially frozen), made up of coconut, coconut oil, nuts, dates and a little vanilla and salt. You will need a food processor to make them (or some really diligent knife skills!), but they’re done in a snap and you might have trouble eating just one, even if you’re not trying to tailor your eating in any way. You can even roll them in cocoa powder or more shredded coconut to dress them up.

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Paleo Power Bites scattered on a grey marble surface.

If Paleo, or Whole 30 feels like too much for you (and I don’t blame you!), why not challenge yourself to remove just one thing from you diet? Maybe you’d like to try Sugar Free January? It’s only 30 days, and I know you can do it!

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Paleo Power Bites

  • Prep Time: 15 m
  • Total Time: 15 m
  • Servings:
    16

Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons chia or flax seeds
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 cups soft Medjool dates pitted
  • 2 heaping tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a large food processor, process the walnuts, pecans, chia seeds and coconut until crumbly. Add the dates, coconut oil, vanilla and salt and process again until a sticky, uniform batter is formed.
  2. Scoop the dough by heaping tablespoons and squeeze each portion between your hands to form balls. Arrange the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then place in the freezer to set for at least an hour before serving.
  3. Store the balls in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for an even longer shelf life.
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