Who says healthy snacks can't be indulgent? These bites are packed with fiber and heart-healthy fats, but they're also sweet, crunchy and delicious. Whip up a batch and pop them in the fridge so you'll be ready the next time you're in need of a snack-time boost. By Maya Ferrante for Food Network Kitchen
Place the dates in a medium bowl and cover with warm water (about 100 degrees F). Let sit for 2 minutes. Drain well and place in a food processor with the oats, almonds, flax seeds and 1 teaspoon salt. Process until the oats and almonds are minced, about 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup coconut flakes, the almond butter and cacao nibs and blend until fully incorporated, scraping the sides of the food processor down as needed, 1 to 2 minutes.
Shape the mixture into 2 tablespoon-sized balls (a 1-ounce scoop works well here). Once all of the mixture has been shaped, place the remaining 1/4 cup of coconut flakes in a small bowl and roll each ball in the coconut flakes to fully coat. Store in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
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