ROASTING ALMONDS: If topping your bites with almonds (optional), preheat the oven to 350 F (176 C) and place raw almonds on a small baking sheet. Place almonds in the preheated oven and bake for 8 minutes (be careful not to burn). Set aside for later use.
BITES: To a food processor, add pitted dates and coconut flakes and pulse until well combined and only small chunks of date remain — about 1 minute.
Add in the almond butter, cacao powder, vanilla extract, and salt. Pulse until everything is evenly combined. The mixture should be wet enough to stick together when you squeeze it but dry enough not to stick to your hands too much. If too dry, add more almond butter 1 Tbsp at a time. If too sticky, add more coconut flakes 1 Tbsp at a time.
Scoop out 2-Tbsp amounts and use your hands to roll into balls. As original recipe is written, makes ~12 balls. Place balls on a parchment-lined plate or baking sheet and transfer to the freezer for 20 minutes, or until semi-firm to the touch.
GLAZE: If using the optional glaze, prepare it while the bites chill. Add 1 inch of water to a small saucepan and bring to a low boil over medium heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and place the coconut butter and coconut oil in a small heat-proof bowl (we prefer glass). Carefully place the bowl on top of the saucepan with simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally with a spatula or spoon, until melted and loose (~2 minutes). You can also melt the glaze in a heat-proof bowl in the microwave in 20-second increments until melted.
Remove bites from the freezer. Dunk each bite into the glaze and roll around until all sides are coated. Use a fork to tap off excess glaze, then transfer back to your parchment-lined plate or baking sheet. To reduce pooling, you can place glazed bites on a cooling rack set over the parchment-lined dish.
If there’s any leftover glaze, either chill once more then coat again, or pour extra glaze into a silicone mold or cupcake liner, chill, and enjoy as a treat.
Once all balls are glazed, option to place a roasted almond on each ball while the glaze is still wet. Leave them to set at room temperature or place in the refrigerator for at least 10 minutes to harden faster.
Enjoy right away or whenever you need a quick snack! Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Note that the coconut glaze can get soft at warm temperatures.
*Prep time includes chilling.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated without optional glaze or almonds.