Recipe: 5-Minute Dark Chocolate Cherry Snack Bites

It’s January, which means that we’re recommitting to healthy living, and for most, that involves cutting back a bit on sweets. I’m a big believer that there’s room in a healthy diet for sweet treats. In fact, I think treating yourself every now and then to foods you love is vital to maintaining a healthy diet. There are two solid methods for treating yourself healthfully – eat small portions of decadent foods infrequently and create healthy versions of your favorite treats that you can enjoy everyday. And, that’s exactly what I did with these dark chocolate cherry bites.

I have a special place in my food-loving soul for chocolate-covered cherries, but instead of mowing down a whole box of my favorite candy, I brought some of those flavors into a super healthy, protein-packed, real ingredient snack food that’s great for everyday eating. These bites are a healthful way to treat yourself while still staying on track!

5-Minute Dark Chocolate Cherry Snack Bites

Makes 16 – 1″ Bites



  • 1 cup unsalted almonds
  • 10 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried, unsweetened cherries
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao nibs OR 1/4 cup dark chocolate chunks


Combine the almonds and dates in a food processor and process until the almonds are chopped into small pieces and the mixture is paste-like. Add in the oats, cherries, water, and salt. Pulse again until the mixture begins to form a “dough.” Add the cacao nibs or dark chocolate, and pulse until just combined. With damp hands, form the mixture into one-inch balls. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Nutrition per bite: 122 calories, 3.1g fat, 27.6g carbohydrates, 2.4g protein

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Cassie Johnston is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer living and working in Southern Indiana. Her work has been feature in national publications such as Gourmet Magazine and The Huffington Post. Cassie’s a big fan of strenuous hikes, cheese, watching sports, Brussels sprouts, and craft beer, and she’ll talk your ear off about her love of local food and seasonal eating. She’s obsessed with social media and loves connecting with new friends!