Delicious Chocolate Cherry and Coffee Energy Bites, that are easy to make, delicious and a great snack!
I love these energy bites. They are super easy to make, not super sweet and chock full of goodness. They are perfect to grab and go!
For these bites, I used Lavazza’s feature coffee this month – their Single Origin – specifically, the Kilimanjaro. This coffee is crisp and fruity, with notes of cherries, so it was a perfect match for the dried cherries in these bites. And yes, the ground coffee goes right in these bites, sprinkled on top of melted chocolate, then topped with a mixture of oats, coconut and whole almonds.
I made my own granola mixture, but you can make these bars even easier (and no-bake!) by using your favourite ready-made granola instead. You could also use dried cranberries, instead of dried cherries, if you prefer.
Chocolate, Cherry and Coffee Energy Bites
Granola: (or use 2 cups ready-made granola)
- 2 cups large-flake rolled oats
- 2-3 Tbsp coconut oil melted (or vegetable/canola oil)
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 cup whole almonds
- 1/4 cup flaked coconut
- 1 cup dried cherries
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 2 tsp fine ground coffee (or 3 tsp. of a medium ground coffee)
Preheat oven to 300° Line a 7x11-inch baking pan with parchment paper, allowing the parchment to overhang the sides by a couple of inches (to make it easy to grab and pull out of pan).
In the microwave, melt together the oil and honey. In a large bowl, toss rolled oats with oil/honey mixture and spread evenly on a baking sheet. Sprinkle almonds and over top.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Stir, then sprinkle coconut over top. Bake an additional 10-15 minutes, until oats are lightly toasted. Remove and allow to cool.
Remove granola to a large bowl and add dried cherries and honey. Stir well, to combine. Set aside.
Meanwhile, melt chocolate chips in microwave or double-boiler. Pour in to the prepared 7x11 inch pan and spread evenly over the bottom. Sprinkle ground coffee evenly over melted chocolate. Spoon granola mixture over-top and press down in to chocolate in to an even layer. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours, then remove from pan and cut in to bites or bars.
Be sure to read the "Cook's Notes" in the original post, for more tips, options, substitutions and variations for this recipe!