Coconut Cacao Protein Bites

Mar 14, 2018

Last autumn my friend, Jamille Vieira, and I held three nutrition workshops on plant-based eating at the Natural Food Pantry, a local health food store in Ottawa. We focused on the health benefits of embracing a plant-based lifestyle and shed light on the reality of what it’s like to eat a healthy vegan diet.

I should probably start off by saying both Jamille and I eat animal protein, so these workshops were strictly educational. We were by no means pushing people to adopt one particular way of eating. Although we both eat meat, our diets are predominately made up of plants. We look at plants as our main source of fuel and supplement with high-quality animal protein to support our health goals. I ate a vegan diet for three years and learned a lot along the way. While eating a vegan diet no longer suits my lifestyle or health goals, it taught me about the importance of having an abundance of plants in our diet. There’s no one size fits all approach to eating; we’re all biochemically unique and should focus on what works best for us. Also, let’s ditch the labels!

Jamille and I shared these Coconut Cacao Protein Bites with the wonderful attendees who joined us at our workshops. You can find a ton of variations of similar recipes online and all over social media. They’re a popular snack because they’re made with made with minimal, nutrient-dense ingredients, requiring only 15 minutes to put together. I like to make a batch on Sunday night to snack on during the week in between work, the gym, and errands.  

If you make them, remember to tag @hannah.rauhanen so I can check out your creations!


Coconut Cacao Protein Bites


Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 cup medjool dates*
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 4 Tbsp. protein powder
  • 2 Tbsp. raw cacao
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil room temperature


  1. In a food processor, add the almonds, coconut, chia seeds, protein powder & raw cacao. Pulse until a fine flour forms.

  2. Add the dates and coconut oil to the food processor. Pulse until a sticky dough forms. 

  3. Using your hands, roll the dough into balls.

  4. Serve & enjoy. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. 


*Soften dates in a bowl of hot water for 5-10 minutes. Pat them dry with a towel before putting them in the food processor.