Chef Kirsten Helle | Coconut-date-nut energy bites
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Coconut-date-nut energy bites

These are a go-to snack for my professional athlete clients, but also in my son’s lunch box! I think they are up there with my favorite snack ever, they are naturally sweet, a little bit salty, chewy and absolutely satisfying. They are a wonderful way to get instant (from the dates) AND sustained energy (from the coconut, nuts and coconut oil.) Great on their own, as a half-time refuel, after-school snack or even with a cup of coffee or tea in the afternoon when you’re not on the field/track/court expending energy!


You can flavor them any way you want to, change up the nuts to your liking and even swap out a bit of dried cherries or raisins for some of the dates. These last a couple of weeks in the refrigerator (if they’ll last that long – best to make several batches) but are best left out to come to room temperature before eating.


Best of all, they are so easy!



  • 1 cup shredded coconut meat (not sweetened coconut, you’ll often find the unsweetened in the bulk food section)
  • 1 cup nuts of your choice (pecans, cashews, almonds, walnuts, pistachios)
  • 1 cup pitted dates (soften a bit if they have been refrigerated)
  • 1 pinch Kosher/sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tb coconut oil, soft




Place the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until you have the consistency of coarse sand.


Form into balls (you have to use firm pressure) or even press into mini muffin tins, and refrigerate.


This also works as a beautiful crust for a healthy fruit tart!


Simply press into a tart or pie plate. Cover with vanilla Greek yogurt and any assortment of fruit that you love. This is healthy enough for breakfast! Full of protein, healthy fats and vitamins to fuel your day, or just a sweet and healthy treat at the end of yours. Yours will likely look even more beautiful than the one I made here for my client. 🙂 The flavor is buttery, rich and decadent. Sure to bring life to your table!


Healthy no-cookfruit tart dessert.


Food photography (except for the fruit tart photo) by Audra Mulkern


Audra Mulkern for Chef Kirsten Helle Coconut Energy Ballsjpg

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