I recently wrote a post about home-delivered snacks, but I’m a big proponent of homemade snacking too. After a visit to Fred Meyer a few months ago, I was inspired to try recreating a cubical little snack I found in their bulk bins: Coco Mango Pomegranate Chews. I did a little recipe modifying here and a little recipe renaming there and the result? Soft and Fruity Coconut Bites.
They’re essentially a sweet and chewy coconut base to which all manner of dried fruit, nuts, and seeds can be added. I chose dried mango, dried tart cherries, freeze-dried strawberries, and pumpkin seeds but I’d encourage you to change these up to fit your preferences.
I followed the lead of the original recipe and included some dry sweetener in addition to the brown rice syrup because it gives a satisfying crunch. My bag was labeled “organic turbinado raw sugar” and the only ingredient was listed as evaporated cane juice. But if you want to reduce the overall sugar in this recipe you can simply leave it out and they’ll still be plenty sweet.
These are definitely a collection of energy-dense ingredients. Coconut, dried fruit and seeds, not to mention brown rice syrup, all pack a real calorie punch. So you’ll want to be careful with portion control. Luckily, with their sweet-tart flavor and perfect chewy texture, just a couple of bites can be quite satisfying, for only 120 calories.
I’ve been enjoying them as an afternoon snack at work, or as a tiny bite of something sweet in my bento lunch box. But I bet they’d make a fairly sturdy traveling snack as well for long car trips or your favorite hike.
I found the square shape appealing for some reason but these could just as easily be rolled into balls if that strikes your fancy. Or molded into trapezoids, pyramids, or rectangles. Once you get the mixture made, the shape possibilities are endless.
Whether they’re store bought, mail order, or homemade, having healthy snacks on hand can set you up for success with good choices throughout the day. When the hunger hits, you’re already prepared with a reasonable choice instead of being tempted by candy bars, chips, and cookies. I’d encourage you to make a batch of these Soft and Fruity Coconut Bites this weekend and pat yourself on the back as you start next week armed and ready for the afternoon snack attack.
What combination of fruit, nuts, and seeds would you choose for your cubical coconut bites?