#YUinPRINT Finalist: Magic 5 Snack Bites

Entrant: Andrea Hood

Andrea says:
With all of the processed snacks on the market, people don’t often take the time to create snacks from scratch. I made this recipe to show people just how easy it is to make a snack that is healthy, delicious, and one that the kids all love. Made with 5 ingredients in 5 minutes, my Magic Five Snack Bites are the perfect snack to cure any snack craving—the healthy way. This recipe has been a huge hit among my friends, family, and followers and I thought it would be a great addition to your cookbook!

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You can vote once a day with a comment below until voting ends August 13, 2013. Only comments below this post will be tallied as official votes.

Servings: 16 bites
Time: 5 minutes

1 cup raw organic almonds
1 cup fresh dates (about 10 dates), pitted (depending on how fresh your dates are, you may need to add more to create more “stickiness”)
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
Dash of sea salt

Place all ingredients into a high speed blender, or food processor, and process until mixture is loose, small crumbles—about 1 minute.

Use a tablespoon to take a spoon full from blender —pack it in between your hands, by forming a fist—then, roll into a ball. (Please note: if you notice that your crumbles are not packing together, just add another date, or a few dates to make the mixture more sticky.)

Repeat until all of the mixture is used.

Stores well in an airtight container for up to 5 days (if they last that long!)

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Do YU think this recipe should be published in my upcoming book?


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Leave a comment saying “YES!” and tell me why YU think this recipe deserves to be the big winner.

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  1. Rosanna

    YES! I think this one should be a winner because it’s easy and nutritious.. I’m looking for recipes that are easy to remember and that I can make over and over..

  2. The Old Curmudgeon

    The “Magic 5 Snack Bite” get my vote. Quick, simple and raw. A child could make it. Healthy and delicious.

  3. Yes! I vote for this recipe to be printed. Not only are these snacks delicious but they are easy to make with with few ingredients all of which most people are familiar with. Can not wait to see the book in print!

  4. Amanda

    This is my favorite of the 5 recipes. This easy, pantry friendly snack would help alleviate some of the fear that folks transitioning to a plant based diet have about snacking or being “hungry all the time.” I’ll try them today!

  5. These are perfect for a quick energy bite that curbs a sweet tooth. Great for on the go too and everyone has 5 minutes.

  6. Sandie Peabody

    Magic 5 Snack bites………..Go A

  7. Yes! I love this recipe and never think about making snacks to go with my healthy eating. What a great addition!

  8. Yes, because it’s simply, healthy for you, and tastes yummy! Soothes my sugar craving every time!!

  9. kathleen lyons

    Yes! Simple and healthy!

  10. Get in my belly! These look amazing and so easy to make! Can’t wait for the cook book!

  11. Yes! It’s fast, simple, nutritious and her website is amazing. I signed up for the news letter.

  12. YES! I have these ingredients on hand NOW and am making them this afternoon to have with my afternoon tea! LOOOVE!

  13. Lola

    Completely awesome recipe- who knew healthy could be so delicious! Definite winner!

  14. Amanda Morrison

    YES!! One of my favorites… Plus it is so delicious !

  15. Tammy

    I am voting for Magic 5 Snack Bites!! Great snack and healthy too!!

  16. Terry Umberger

    I vote YES for the “Magic 5 Snack Bites”. Simple to make, easy to remember, takes care of craving for sweets, and very good for you. Snacks that blend sweet and salty are the best!

  17. Yes, it’s a great recipe – a simple to make yummy, healthy snack – it’s a winner.

  18. This has my vote because I love the simplicity + delicious flavors in this RAW recipe. Yum!

  19. Ashley Hoyt

    Yes!!!!! Fast and easy! Supppperrrrrr!!!!!

  20. Crystal V.

    Yes! Quick, healthy and you don’t even need to turn on the oven!

  21. Yes! This is easy and delicious:) great snack

  22. sami

    The magic bites get my vote!

  23. Naomi Reid

    Yes!! Andreas Magic 5’s are always a hit, and so easy to make. Chocolate lover’s dreamy, nutty solution to a healthy a dessert!

  24. Courtney

    We vote for the Magic 5 snack bites! So easy and delicious. I made them in 5 minutes and half the batch was gone in 5 minutes! I like these too because you can add other ingredients like chia seeds if you’re in the mood.

  25. Kristin daSilva

    Yes. This recipe gets my vote!

  26. yum! yes! I love easy to make treats like this!

  27. This one gets my vote. As a professional chef, I can tell by just looking at the ingredients that this is a winner…not an easy task to get something so good with just 5 ingredients…this takes real skill to create…but so easy to recreate. Great job Andrea!

  28. Brianne

    This is a great recipe, but not new. I made these a long time ago from a recipe on the web. I could be wrong but I believe they are in a book written by another author w very slight differences (cashews not almonds). I’d rather buy a book w recipes that are fairly original. But that’s just me. It’s so easy to get recipes for everything free on the Internet.

  29. Melody Evans

    Delish! This one gets my vote.

  30. Cassie

    Yes! This recipe needs to win because what could be any easier! It is a great way to get people to eat healthy! 🙂

  31. I have a recipe just like this! LOVE IT and I vote for it to be put in the book 🙂

  32. Brittney

    YES! This snack should be the winner, it’s a very easy, healthy snack to make!

  33. The “Magic 5 Snack Bite” is super easy, healthy and a perfect go to recipe for parents (or anyone) always on the GO! LOVE THEM!

  34. Amy

    Yes, this is a winner. Looks easy and something I would eat.

  35. Rella

    Yes!!! these Magic 5 Snack Bites are Undescribably out of this world!!!!!
    Amazingly G to the Double O D GOOD!!!!

  36. Yes!! I love the recipe and its so easy to make and there very yummy 🙂 thanks Mrs.hood

  37. Liz Despres

    Yes! So yummy!

  38. YES! Quick, easy and healthy, plus they sound delicious!!

  39. I vote for these!! quick, healthy, all natural, perfect size. Yum!

  40. Naomi Paulson Calderon

    Yes! I always have clients looking for SIMPLE, healthy snacks for on the go or their kids. It doesn’t get more simple, and with whole, healthy ingredients, it hits both points beautifully.

  41. Andrea

    A healthy delicious snack/alternative! I think this one should win because sweet cravings are where many of us fail when it comes to healthy eating.

  42. Amanda Morrison

    Simply amazing!

  43. These sound delicious! They’re simple and nutritious. I vote yes for this one to be printed!

  44. Yes! Love these! Andrea is so great too and her recipes are always amazing. Rock it out A!!!

  45. Pam

    Yes! Delicious Snack Bites!!

  46. Sharon Weldy

    I think this recipe should be included in your book because it looks very easy to make with simple ingredients that I already have on hand. It would be a healthy snack to have when I get the urge for something sweet.

  47. This should be in your new cookbook. Cant wait to try it out.

  48. The “Magic 5 Snack Bite” get my vote also! I love clean foods with a short list of simple ingredients <3

  49. RC

    Quick, easily available ingredients, finger food and satisfy a sweet tooth in a healthy manner. What’s not to love?! Yes!

  50. Yes! Great recipe and is so yummy my daughter loves them it’s easy to make! Thanks AH

  51. Yes! This is so easy and yummy… a definite winner in my book.

  52. Sandie

    vote for Andrea………….Magic 5 Snack Bites

  53. Brandy


    It’s yummy & easy for when your craving a lil’ something sweet!!!!

  54. Eileen

    5 minutes to sweetness!

  55. Meagan

    Yes! I love that its a simple, healthy, dessert- like a healthy macaroon!

  56. Alan

    Yes! Great treat on the go!

  57. Tiffany

    Winner! Easy and delish!

  58. hoda

    I agree with the other Magic 5 voters. I vote is for the Magic 5 Snack Bites! I’m always looking for healthy snacks that don’t require tons of ingredients or tons of hours in the kitchen. Plus, this will pack easily for an on the go YUMmy snack!

  59. jill

    All my favorites in one simple recipe. Sweet, chocolate and salty…and healthy!!! My vote is this one.

  60. Daniel Cole

    Yes they are amazing and easy to make

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