No Bake Blueberry Coconut Bites

blueberry coconut bites

I adapted this No Bake Blueberry Coconut Bites recipe from a friend with changes.  It is easy and quick to make and perfect even for snacks or for kids on the go.

Have you ever just wanted something small to either snack on or to finish off dinner? These little No Bake Blueberry Coconut Bites are perfect. Very easy to make with minimum ingredients.

Sometimes you just want something small for those taste buds. I have made these with cherry and key lime as well and they turned out fantastic. For this, I used date syrup (nectar) but you can also use agave. I try to use date nectar when possible but if what I am making is light in color, then I use agave to keep the color light.

You could use maple syrup but date syrup is much healthier. Maple syrup is close but many doctors who are knowledgeable in Plant-Based nutrition, recommend dates, date sugar, and date syrup. So though many people recommend it, try to use date when possible. I tried date syrup a year ago and I was hooked. Date syrup has a slightly milder flavor that maple syrup.

Even though Date syrup are both natural products, the potassium, calcium and magnesium levels in date syrup is twice as high as the ones in maple syrup. So dates are actually a source of fructose, which is a natural type of sugar found in fruit. For this reason, dates are very sweet. They also have a subtle caramel-like taste. Dates make a great healthy substitute for white sugar in recipes due to the nutrients, fiber and antioxidants that they provide.

Let’s look at the characteristics of Date Syrup: 1) Less sweet than agave, honey, or maple syrup; 2) Similar to molasses in form but runnier – but not the heavy taste molasses gives. Its lighter. 3) Date Syrup has a hint of caramel, vanilla and a touch of maple. 4) High Polyphenols anti-oxidant in Date Syrup makes it a great anti-inflammatory .

Date syrup is an invert sugar. Date sugar is easily absorbed and assimilated by body. Below are the benefits of using dates:

Benefits of date Syrup:

  1. Adds sweetness without refined sugar
  2. 78% invert sugar
  3. High fiber content
  4. Low-Glycemic index food
  5. 16 vitamins & minerals
  6. No cholesterol
  7. Good source of Phenolics
  8. Good source of natural antioxidants
  9. 50% more potassium, by weight, than banana

You can replace date syrup with any syrup or sweetener in your household. Date Syrup is the optimal 100% natural Syrup. It also contains more nutrients and minerals compared to Maple Syrup and Honey. It is understandable why dates are called the “Brain food”. Another great and important benefit is that dates have low GI index.

For this recipe, you will be using blueberry jam or preserves, coconut flour, date syrup, coconut milk, vanilla and unsweetened shredded coconut.

In a food processor, you want to combine all the ingredients except the shredded coconut (put this aside). Combine until it all comes together in a ball.

Once the batter has been processed, start scooping it in your hand using a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon. Then roll the balls immediately after mixing. You must keep the dough covered because if you let it sit out for a bit before rolling, it can dry out. If that has happened and you feel it is somewhat dry, before rolling it add a little bit of milk and you will see the consistency come back.

Next pour the 1/2 Cup of shredded coconut onto a plate to start rolling the balls. Roll each ball into the shredded coconut and set it on a serving plate or bowl. After you have rolled all the balls in the coconut, let it sit for 10-15 minutes before you serve it so the flavor has the chance to meld together.

These store well for up to 5 days by storing in a covered container or in the refrigerator. Feel free to experiment using fig preserves (my absolute favorite), strawberry or raspberry jam. You can even use apricot preserves.

no bake blueberry coconut bites

No Bake Blueberry Coconut Bites

Yield: 18-19
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

No Bake Blueberry Coconut Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup blueberry jam or preserves
  • 1 1/4 Cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 Cup date syrup or agave
  • 1/4 Cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 Tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

    1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients except the shredded coconut, until it starts to come together in a ball.
    2. Once the batter has been processed, using a small cookie scoop or a tablespoon, start scooping and roll into balls immediately. You will need to keep the extra dough covered as it can dry out. Should the dough feel "dry", just add a bit of milk and the consistency will return.
    3. Pour the shredded coconut onto a plate to start rolling the balls.
    4. Roll each ball into the coconut, then place on your serving plate. Repeat until you have used up all of the dough.
    5. Once all of the balls have been rolled into the coconut, let it sit for 10-15 minutes before serving so the flavors can meld together.



Notes

These wonderful little bites will keep for 4-5 days covered on the counter or in the refrigerator. I really prefer mine in the refrigerator. If it is humid out, they will feel soft so it is better to store them in the refrigerator.

You can also use fig preserves (my absolute favorite), strawberry, raspberry or even apricot preserves.

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Michele Wallace

Entrepreneur and author of A Plant-Based Revolution.com. Michele has also earned her Plant-Based Nutrition Certification from eCornell University. The book is an easy and complete guide for those wanting to get healthy and offers step-by-step instructions, including over 85 delicious and healthy recipes.
A Plant-Based Revolution is dedicated to whole food plant-based nutrition.

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