One of the most important things I’ve learned about eating healthy consistently is always be prepared. Hunger can create a feeling of urgency, and reaching for the easiest and most accessible snack can sabotage a day’s healthy eating (or your whole month if you’re on Whole30). These no-bake bites have saved us in the last couple weeks in between meals, after a workout, or just when we’re craving something sweet but still want to keep it clean.

This recipe calls for five ingredients, you can adjust it to fit your likings or to what you have in your cupboard at home.

For twelve Date with a Bites, you’ll need:

Raw cashews and almonds: Four ounces. You can substitute with any nuts you like, like walnuts, pecans, pistachios, hazelnuts, etc. (Note that walnuts are a bit oiler so you’ll want to use a little less to keep your bites from falling apart.)
Mejdool dates: Six ounces. I love mejdool dates, because visiting the Middle East as a kid, they remind me of my homeland (and the nuttier taste is more to my liking, too). Again, you can use regular dates or even raisins.
Almond butter: Four ounces. Crunchy or creamy. You can use sunflower seed butter or cashew butter, too, or if keeping Paleo is not a concern, peanut butter will work.
Shredded coconut: Half of a cup. Make sure it’s unsweetened!
Cinnamon: About two tablespoons of the ground stuff. You can use nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice, too. mix-it-up

After you’ve prepped your ingredients, it’s time to rock and roll.

1.) First, chop your dates into small pieces – about 1/4 inch in size or smaller. One date should be about four to five pieces. Set dates aside.
2.) Next, take your bowl of nuts and place in a blender or Vitamix. Pulse on a medium speed about five times until nuts are ground but not completely fine. Place in a medium sized mixing bowl.
3.) Add the chopped dates, almond butter, cinnamon, and 1/4 cup of coconut to the medium sized mixing bowl with the nuts.
4.) Finally, stir the mixture together so all of the ingredients are evenly distributed, thenuytrdsyuaty6t take spoonful amounts of the mixture and roll into balls with your hands.

For an extra bit of sweetness: Take the remaining shredded coconut (about 1/4 cup) and place into a dish. Gently dap each ball into or dust each one with the shredded coconut.

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…and that’s it! In about the time it takes you to listen to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs song that inspired the name of this recipe, you’ve got 12 protein-packed energy bites that will keep just fine in an air-tight container in the fridge for five days or freeze for weeks!