Tropical Snack Bites with Almonds and Chia

A Tropical Retreat … at Snack Time!

~ Quick, healthy, delicious snack bites with an awesome tropical twist! These are full of dried fruit, protein and grains – great as a post-workout snack and also perfect for kids! Super easy to make and totally freezable!! Make a double batch! ~

This Recipe Is:     Ready in 30 Minutes or Less    Freezable    Make Ahead    Vegetarian    Gluten Free  

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For all of you who have been raving about our Quick and Healthy Snack Bites: Buckle up … we’re heading to the tropics!

Yep, our traditional Snack Bites just got a new, jungle-inspired groove! These are loaded with protein-rich almonds, sweet and healthy pineapple and dates, chewy coconut and oats, not to mention all the awesome omega-3s of chia. Oh, yum! They’ve still got the same portability and make-ahead convenience of the originals, but these new Snack Bites are packing their bags for a tropical retreat (and just in time for summer!).

We’ve been making so many Snack Bites around the THK kitchens that our families suffer withdrawal any time our supplies run low. Our hubbies get all sad and fussy (not attractive emotions in adult males – trust us!) if there aren’t any Snack Bites for a quick grab-and-go breakfast or a refueling kick after a long run. And our kids are equally bummed if they have to munch on store-bought snacks (egads!) because we’re out of Snack Bites.

So really, you can probably just imagine the excitement when we told our families we had new Snack Bite flavors to taste test! (Hint … hint … more yummy versions still to come … shhhhhhh!) The only problem was that most all of the new versions were wildly popular, and we couldn’t seem to get our taste testers to agree on just one or two big winners. So, we chose (hey – it’s our blog after all!), and decided this tropical version was just the right way to welcome summer.

These are great to toss in your backpack as you head off to the pool or on a family bike ride. They’ll be the perfect accompaniment to all your summer adventures … and they’ll help keep your troops feeling full of good energy. (We all need a little extra positive energy for some of those long family adventures, right!?!?!?)

Just like our original Quick and Healthy Snack Bites, these freeze great, so make your life easy and do a triple batch while you’re at it!

Don’t worry – making a batch (or three!) is easy! You have only one decision to make – do you want to purchase almond butter or take the couple of extra minutes to whir up your own in the food processor? Almond butter can be pricey, but you can sometimes snag good deals and stock up. If you’ve never purchased it before, just look for it near the natural peanut butters. Generally, you can choose unsalted or salted – go with whatever you prefer, but if you choose salted, remember to skip the 1/8 teaspoon of salt we call for in this recipe.

Can’t find almond butter at your local store? We understand! We typically make our own almond butter – it’s so simple!

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For this recipe, just dump about a cup of almonds into a mini food processor and let it work its magic for a few minutes. Give it a stir and scrape down the edges every so often. You’re done once the almonds are about the consistency and texture of natural peanut butter. How long that takes will vary based on whether you use whole, sliced or slivered almonds. The sliced and slivered will save you a little time, but whole almonds work just fine, too.

You should end up with about ½ cup of almond butter (if you don’t sneak too many spoonfuls along the way!). Transfer your almond butter to a medium-sized bowl.

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Add your other ingredients: oats, coconut, chopped dates, pineapple, honey, chia, almond extract, and salt. (Remember to omit the salt if you purchased salted almond butter.)

Just mix it all together and shape it into little one-inch balls. If you’re really in a time crunch, you can even toss the bowl in the fridge at this point and finishing shaping all the little balls later when you have more time.

That’s it!

No kidding!

Now, grab those kids and a handful of Snack Bites, and set off on your adventure with confidence! No energy crashes for you!

Happy snacking …

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We’d Love to Hear From You!

Have a tropical vacation planned this year, or maybe a tropical backyard party? What’s your favorite tropical flavor or summery recipe? Are you a citrus fan? Bananas? How about mango? Leave us a comment and tell us all about it!

 

Tropical Snack Bites with Almonds and Chia

Preparation 20-25 min. 2017-08-17T00:00:00+00:00 Cook Time 0 min. 2017-08-17T00:00:00+00:00
Serves About 2 dozen     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole, sliced or slivered almonds (to make 1/2 cup almond butter once processed) or 1/2 cup purchased almond butter
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup dried chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup dried chopped pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (omit if using purchased, salted almond butter)

Instructions

  1. To make almond butter, place 1 cup of almonds in a mini food processor. Process, scraping sides occasionally until the butter is the consistency of natural peanut butter. (The exact timing for this will vary depending on your processor and on whether you begin with whole, slivered or sliced almonds.) You should end up with approximately ½ cup of almond butter.
  2. Place almond butter in a medium bowl and add all other ingredients.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Using your hands, press firmly to form one-inch balls.
  5. Place in an air-tight container and refrigerate until serving.

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Recipe Notes

These freeze very well. If frozen, they will be thawed and ready to eat in about 20 minutes.

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Comments

Tropical Snack Bites with Almonds and Chia — 15 Comments

  1. Lovely work! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is collecting snacks and treats? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. Cheers

  2. I don’t know about chia. What is it and where do I find it. (I thought it grew on a ChiaPet!! Sorry I didn’t get to taste these at the family gathering. Aunt Kay

    • Ha! Well, yes – you are exactly right that chia is what all the “hip” indoor gardeners grow on funny-shaped clay pets. But, fun with chia goes way beyond Chia Pets!

      Chia is actually a flowering plant in the mint family that yields highly nutritious, tiny blackish-gray seeds. Chia seeds are commonly found in the organic or natural foods section of grocery stores. They are one of the new “superfood” darlings of the nutrition scene because they are high in fiber, protein, antioxidants and other nutrients, plus they even have slightly more omega-3 fatty acids than flax seeds (although, unlike flax, you don’t have to grind chia seeds in order for the human body to derive nutrients from them).

      If you can’t find chia or just don’t have any on hand – don’t worry! You should definitely still make these Snack Bites, anyway. You could sub in some ground flaxseed meal, or leave the chia out altogether. Either way, make these Bites soon! They are so yummy! Enjoy! ~G&S

  3. Oh, will have to give these summer snacks a try now that school is out. I’d love to see a future post of a snack using Nutella. It’s healthy and delicious and usually loved even by picky eaters. I have friends with kids who want to do “something” with Nutella instead of just spreading it on toast but we lack and need your creative direction. Love you guys, keep up the great recipes.

    • You’ll love these, Yvonne! We love these as much as our original snack bites – but in a totally different way! These just taste like summer with coconut, pineapple and dates. Enjoy!
      Thanks for the great suggestion about Nutella! We’re excited to start creating – the possibilities could be endless! Stay tuned … ~G&S

  4. I like to get that big bag of almonds from Costco and make my own almond butter. Isn’t it great when it’s freshly made?! Your snacks bites sound so good, I’m excited about giving them a try. I just love that you mixed in pineapple and coconut. I’m all for making my own healthy homemade treats. I think they taste better than store bought, and I like knowing exactly what is in my food 😉

    • Cindy – we love to make our own nut butters, too! And yes … those enormous bags from the wholesale clubs come in handy when we’re on a roll in the kitchen!
      These snack bites, as well as our original Quick and Healthy Snack Bites, have been SO popular in our homes! And we love that everyone asks for these instead of store bought! Let us know how you like them! 🙂 ~G&S

    • That is exactly what I’m doing – no kidding! Just this morning I was making little Tropical Snack Bite balls to throw in the freezer so they’re ready for our vacation! Next, I’m making some of the original Quick and Healthy Snack Bites to take along, too. Seriously – those saved my healthy eating plan when we vacationed over spring break, and helped me stay full and energized without dipping into evil vacation snackies that were laying around! Have an awesome trip! ~Shelley

  5. I have made the “original” snack bites several times and gotten rave reviews. I can’t wait to try this one! Thanks!

    • Hi, Janette! So glad you like the originals! We love these just as much but in an entirely different way. Best of all, we like having different Snack Bite versions to mix it up a little and keep things exciting! Enjoy! ~G&S

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