Instead of waiting for the next round of girl scout cookies, enjoy these thin mint energy bites at any time as a pre-workout snack or sweet treat after a meal!
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- Food processor
- Measuring cups & spoons
- Medium sized mixing bowl
- Plate or baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Small microwavable glass bowl
- Airtight storage container
Fresh medjool dates are a natural sweetener in this recipe. The sticky consistency also helps to bind all of the ingredients. Don’t forget to remove the pits!
I like to add cashews to this recipe to mellow out the sticky texture and sweetness from the dates. It also adds a little bit of healthy fat to the recipe, so we can’t complain there. Cashews are a mild tasting nut that will not overpower the flavors the way that peanuts or almonds would.
While I haven’t made this recipe with walnuts yet, I think they would be an okay substitution. I have successfully used cashew butter in place of whole cashews. The texture was just a bit softer – not in a bad way! If using cashew butter, be sure to cut the ingredient amount in half (1/2 cup).
Hellooooo chocolate! Make sure to use an unsweetened cocoa powder to avoid unnecessary added sugar in this recipe!
A little bit goes a LONG way. I would start small here with 1/8th tsp and increase to 1/4th tsp for a stronger flavor if desired. Somewhere in the middle of 1/8th tsp and 1/4th tsp is the sweet spot for me.
Tip: Omit the mint extract and make this recipe into more of a no-bake brownie bite! 🙂
Chocolate rice cereal
Traditional thin mints are crispy chocolate cookies coated in a minty flavored chocolate. Adding some chocolate rice cereal gives these bites a fun crispy cookie texture!
For drizzling or coating, of course.
Optional, but adding a teeny bit of coconut oil when melting chocolate helps with a smooth consistency that’s easy to drizzle. Ya don’t need much!
How to make thin mint energy bites
Step 1: Add pitted dates, cashews (or cashew butter), cocoa powder, and peppermint extract to a food processor and blend on high until mostly smooth and combined (~1-2 minutes)
Step 2: Add the date mixture to a medium sized mixing bowl with the chocolate rice cereal and combine. I say mix with your hands for best results!
Step 3: Form into even, bite sized pieces and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
I usually get 16 pieces from this recipe.
Step 4: Heat chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small glass bowl that is microwave safe. I suggest only 15 seconds at a time, mixing in between to prevent burning
Step 5: Drizzle chocolate onto bites
Step 6: Place sheet pan in the fridge or freezer for the chocolate to set
Step 7: Store bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week
Love bite-sized treats? Try my almond joy bites next!
Thin Mint Energy BitesPrint Recipe
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates
- 1 cup whole cashews or 1/2 cup cashew butter
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/8 tsp peppermint extract increase to 1/4tsp for stronger flavor
- 1/2 cup chocolate rice cereal I increase to 3/4 cup if using cashew butter
- 2 tbsp semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 tsp coconut oil
- Add pitted dates, cashews (or cashew butter), cocoa powder, and peppermint extract to a food processor and blend on high until mostly smooth and combined (~1-2 minutes)
- Add date mixture to a medium sized mixing bowl with chocolate rice cereal and combine.I say mix with your hands for best results!
- Form into even, bite sized pieces and place onto a parchment lined baking sheet.I usually get 16 pieces from this recipe
- Heat chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small glass bowl that is microwave safe. I suggest only heating 15 seconds at a time, mixing in between to prevent burning
- Drizzle chocolate onto bites
- Place sheet pan in the fridge or freezer for the chocolate to set
- Store bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week
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