Paleo Coffee Energy Bites

Coffee Energy Bites

Coffee Energy Bites


This recipe title describes my life lately: daily coffee, to sustain my energy, and only able to eat in small bites throughout the day. Moving with a baby during the holidays is one intelligent decision.


Now that I live in the same city as my sister, I go over to her place much more often. She’s been keeping these yummy little almond, date, coconut & lime balls in her fridge for quick breakfasts, and I’ve grabbed a couple for a snack.


Since that recipe has already been created, I wanted to make a version of the classic date energy ball that I haven’t seen before. This recipe is perfect for a busy morning where you simply don’t have time for your typical protein and veggies. It happens to the best of us. If you want to add protein, I suggest a few scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides


Did you know Vital Proteins also added these neat little Collagen Peptide Sticks to their product line?

They do use individual packaging which isn’t the most environmentally conscious, but if you’re like me and travel with your collagen everywhere you go, they are definitely convenient and can fit in an overall responsible lifestyle. I usually put collagen in a plastic bag or small container when I travel but the problem is that traveling with a white powdery substance in your purse on an airplane is probably not going to fly (literally). I would prefer individual packaging over being searched by the feds while stating in panic, “I’m just trying to maintain gut health while traveling for leisurely pursuits!!”


Notes About The Recipe

  • You can find unsweetened banana chips HERE that contain just bananas and coconut oil.

  • Feel free to use any nut of your choice but a stronger tasting nut like a pistachio or pecan will definitely change the taste of the bar. 

  • You can use whole coffee beans for larger pieces of coffee and a less coffee taste overall, or you can use finely ground coffee to more evenly disperse the taste of the coffee throughout the bar. Or experiment both ways and decide which you prefer!

  • You can make these nut-free by subbing in an additional 1/2 cup each shredded coconut and banana chips for the 1 cup of nuts. 



5 reviews

Paleo Coffee Energy Bites

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 12 squares


  • 2 cups pitted Medjool dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dried banana chips (unsweetened, if possible)
  • 1 cup raw walnuts, almonds, or pecans 
  • 2 tablespoons whole coffee beans or 1 tablespoon ground coffee
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt



In a food processor, blend the pitted dates until finely processed. Add in remaining ingredients and process until a sticky mixture forms. Press the mixture into a parchment-lined dish using wet hands. The size of the dish will determine how thick the bars are. I used a container about 5''x8'' large. Refrigerate for a few hours before slicing into squares. Store in refrigerator.



Spicy Pumpkin Spice Latte (Paleo)



Okay, I’ll admit I’ve never had a PSL. In fact, I didn’t know what that acronym meant for the last 3 years. I know what PYT stands for (Pretty Young Thing, thanks MJ). So I assumed PSL was some reiteration of this. It is not. If you didn’t catch on, it means Pumpkin Spice Latte.


I am positive this is properly explained in Urban Dictionary.And this version is more spicy than what I assume the overly-sugared, garbage-coffee original is from Starsucks. Their coffee LITERALLY TASTES LIKE BURNT GARBAGE. Literally. 


So my old man husband was on a text chain with my brother-in-law and me (who are both the same age). He did not get my reference to the classic Instagram-worthy shot so many PYTs post of their PSLs. “Why don’t you go take an Instagram picture of just your hand holding a warm mug of pumpkin spice latte while donned in an off-white cable knit sweater and sitting in a trendy coffee shop with a succulent on the table, ya betch!”


This is the problem when you marry someone more than a decade younger than you. I don’t get his early 80’s movie references, and he’s never heard of Now & Then. The travesty, by the way. 90’s classic.


So after seeing twelve too many Instagram posts from friends this month of their cozy little cable-knitted upper extremities gently wrapped around a steaming mug of something frothy, I decided to see what all the fuss was about. They are really dang delicious, dang it. Millenials 1 and Anti-Everything-Millenial 0.


The latter is myself. If I didn’t have a blog, I also wouldn’t have an Instagram or Facebook either. If you haven’t caught onto my sarcasm & irony yet, then you’re probably thinking I’m one giant conundrum. Remember in high school and college when you could reel in the boys just by confusing them, which was never really that hard anyway?


I’m really glad I’m taken in 2016 because apparently (this is what I’m told) that Tinder and the like … you’re given ONE SHOT. Like you screw it up or say something about your dead grandma on the first date, and you’re toast. Seriously, my first date with my husband was ridiculous. He would never have asked me on a second if we had met on Tinder. “Who is this tiny girl making me eat vegan sprout pita pockets & walk around a modern art museum?”


Actually, I sound like the perfect woman for one of Austin, TX’s fine bean burrito-loving men. I missed my chance. Well this post has really just taken a turn for the worst. Probably way up there in the second or third sentence too. Grace is napping and I have nothing else to do except ramble pointlessly and about absolutely nothing until she wakes up. I guess I could nap or shower. Or shall I be a filthy, exhausted human instead?



Keep toasty warm + full of holiday cheer with this spiced homemade latte!


1 review

Spicy Pumpkin Spice Latte (Paleo)

Prep Time 00:10 Cook Time 00:00 Serves 1


  • 1/2 cup Chameleon Cold Brew concentrate
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 whole black peppercorns
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons Primal Palate Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 tablespoon Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • pinch sea salt


1. Whisk cold brew, coconut milk, water, peppercorn, cloves, and vanilla extract together in a small saucepan. Cover the pan partially with lid and turn heat to medium low.
2. As soon as liquid starts to boil, turn heat to low and whisk. Cover and let simmer for 5 minutes, being sure it does not overflow. Transfer to a high speed blender, including peppercorns and cloves.
3. Add Pumpkin Pie Spice blend, collagen, maple and sea salt to blender. Blend on high for at least 30 seconds until smooth (this will break down the peppercorns and cloves). Pour into a mug and serve warm or if you would refer an iced latte: cool at room temperature then serve over ice!


The Ultimate 100+ AIP Breakfast Recipe Round-Up

aip breakfasts


Out of all three meals we eat, breakfast while following the autoimmune protocol seems to stump many! I rarely make something special for breakfast unless my husband requests waffles or pancakes, but I’ve been doing this Paleo thing for almost 4 years now.


Dinner leftovers are frequently breakfast or a big smoothie full of veggies, fruits, fats, and my favorite breakfast companion Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. I add 1 to 2 scoops to any smoothie recipe or even in bowls of broth-based soup for extra nutrients on mornings I don’t have time to do anything but a simple soup puree. In this round-up, I’ve included 30 of the most delicious AIP-compliant smoothie recipes so you don’t reach smoothie boredom. Adding “supplements” like collagen, turmeric, coconut oil/MCT oil, or matcha powder turn your smoothie into a beautifying morning treatment.


Now if you’re the type that likes to make one big skillet each week so you can grab and reheat a small portion every morning, you will love the hash & skillet section! My new Five Spice Beef Skillet is included below and has some really flavorful and lovely North African flavors. And my Crispy Salmon Hash from The Healing Kitchen is one of the tastiest, nutritious, omega-3 packed breakfasts you can have on the AIP!


We all have those special Sunday mornings that call for a traditional breakfast/brunch treat – especially if we’re feeding our family AIP foods as well! That’s why I’ve included a lengthy section of waffles, pancakes, and baked goods from the greater AIP blogger community (which is where most of these recipes will direct you to!) My Flourless Waffles are pretty magical and I’ve been told they make great pancakes too!I don’t often share my breakfasts on social media because they’re usually a mish-mash of leftover soup and salad from the day before. I love starting my day with a broth and veggie-heavy soup because it sets a perfect foundation for a day of nutritionally-minded food choices. The breakfast soup collection below contains easy to digest soups, mostly purees, that you can make Sunday night to feed you every morning before work.







If this list isn’t enough and you want a whole e-book of 100% AIP Breakfasts including “coffees and lattes”, biscuits & gravy, over a dozen other hashes, and my ebook-exclusive recipe for Silver Dollar Carob Pancakes!



Hashes & Skillets
Sage Plantain & Butternut Hash by Don’t Eat the Spatula

Moroccan-Inspired Breakfast Skillet by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Kedgeree by Kate Jay for Autoimmune Paleo

Breakfast Risotto with Greens by Angie Alt for Autoimmune Paleo

Chicken Breakfast Skillet by Joy Filled Nourishment

Sweet Potato, Apple & Pancetta Hash by Gutsy by Nature

Turmeric Pork Skillet by Sweet Treats

Oh Mama, Umami Kale by Grazed & Enthused

Nightshade-Free Buffalo Chicken Skillet by Grazed & Enthused

Five Spice Beef Skillet with Fennel & Currants by Grazed & Enthused

Greens n’ Dines Hidden Hash by Grazed & Enthused

Potato-Free Breakfast Potatoes by Meatified

Crispy Salmon Hash by Alaena Haber (me!) from The Healing Kitchen

Epic Bar AIP Paleo Breakfast Hash by Clean Eating Veggie Girl

Sweet n’ Savory Hash by Beyond the Bite

Chicken Hash Brown Patties by Alaena Haber from The Healing Kitchen

Celeriac-Parsnip Hash Browns by Eat Heal Thrive

Chicken Breakfast Skillet by Joy-Filled Nourishment

Bison, Kabocha & Cabbage Skillet by Don’t Eat the Spatula



Pancakes, Waffles & Muffins
Allergy Friendly Waffles by Don’t Eat the Spatula

No-Egg Waffles by Don’t Eat the Spatula

Banana Muffins by Eat Heal Thrive

Banana Bread by He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Maple Sugar Waffles by Marissa Franklin for He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Oven-Baked Pumpkin Spice Pancakes by Gutsy by Nature featured in 85 Amazing AIP Breakfasts

Plantain Bacon Pancake by Castaway Kitchen

Cinnamon Raisin Rolls by Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Banana Bread Cookies by Beyond the Bite

Carob Bread with Date Caramel by Heart Beet Kitchen

Sweet Plantain Waffles by Hold the Grain

Baked Breakfast Casserole with Apples & Raisins by Provincial Paleo

Grain-free Banana Mug Bread by Provincial Paleo

Bacon Herb Biscuits by Grazed & Enthused

Cinnamon Plantain Fritters by Grazed & Enthused

Rustic Apple Cinnamon Rolls by Grazed & Enthused

Flourless Lemon Poppy Waffles (omit poppy seeds) by Grazed & Enthused

Bacon Maple Cinnamon Pancakes by Comfort Bites

AIP Pancakes by Comfort Bites



Breakfast Soups
Creamy Mushroom Soup with Bacon & Fried Sage by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Roasted Chicken & Vegetable Soup by He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Spring Breakfast Chicken Soup by A Squirrel in the Kitchen

Fennel & Spinach Soup by Healing Family Eats

Lamb Stew with Butternut, Apples & Ginger by Healing Family Eats

Beef and Plantain Curry by Provincial Paleo

Triple Seafood Chowder by Grazed & Enthused

Roasted Cauliflower & Garlic Bisque by Grazed & Enthused

Nightshade-Free “Potato” & Leek Soup by Grazed & Enthused

3-Step Root Vegetable & Leek Soup by Grazed & Enthused

Mushroom & Fennel Soup by Comfort Bites

Sweet Potato & Broccoli Soup by Meatified

Creamy Leek & Salmon Soup by Meatified

Creamy Leek Soup (omit ghee) by Stupid Easy Paleo

Comforting Creamy Broccoli Soup (omit ghee) by Stupid Easy Paleo

Cream of Mushroom Soup by Primal Palate



Porridge & N’Oatmeal

Warm Porridge with Berries & Lemon by Kate Jay for Autoimmune Paleo

Chai Spice & Pear N’Oatmeal by Eat Heal Thrive

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cereal by Eat Heal Thrive

Apple Cinnamon N’Orridge by Eat Heal Thrive

Cinnamon Coconut Crisp Cereal by Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Cauli-Porridge with Rosemary Plum Compote by Healing Family Eats

Sweet Cinnamon Tigernut Granola by Beyond the Bite

Instant Oatmeal by Grazed & Enthused


Sausages & Bites
Fennel-Herbes de Provence Sausage by Eat Heal Thrive

Blueberry Bacon Breakfast Burgers by Adventures in Partaking

No-Fuss Sweet Potato & Apple Sausages by The Unskilled Cavewoman

Homemade “Bangers” (omit nutmeg) by The Paleo Mom

Lox & “Everything” Sweet Potatoes by Grazed & Enthused

Bacon-Wrapped Cinnamon Apples by Grazed & Enthused

Cranberry Fig Collagen Protein Bars by Grazed & Enthused

Breakfast Tostones with Fried Garlic Guacamole by Grazed & Enthused

Prosciutto Meatloaf Muffins with Fig Jam by Grazed & Enthused

AIP Breakfast Stack by Comfort Bites

Chicken & Bacon Bites with Green Onion and Sage by Meatified

Breakfast Sausage by Gutsy by Nature

Beef Breakfast Sausage by The Paleo Mom

American Style Breakfast Sausage by The Paleo Mom



Smoothies & Beverages
Pina Colada Smoothie Bowl by Grazed & Enthused for Autoimmune Paleo

Green Detox Smoothie by Kate Jay for Autoimmune Paleo

Collagen Berry Green Smoothie by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Creamy Coconut Milk by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Tea by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Carrot Cake Shake by Eat Heal Thrive

“Chocolate” Protein Smoothie by He Won’t Know It’s Paleo

Creamy Carob Banana Smoothie by Joy Filled Nourishment

Strawberry-Banana Protein Smoothie by Joy Filled Nourishment

Raspberry Sunrise Breakfast Shake (replace almond milk with coconut milk) by PaleOMG

Matcha Jasmine Tea Latte by Sweet Treats

Spiced Apple Kombucha by Sweet Potatoes and Social Change

Blueberry Kale Collagen Shake by Healing Family Eats

Maple Pumpkin Collagen Shake by Healing Family Eats

Raspberry Turmeric Collagen Shake by Healing Family Eats

Turmeric Papaya and Orange Smoothie by Biohackers Recipes

Strawberry Peaches n’ Cream Smoothie by Grazed & Enthused

Orange Cream Healing Smoothie by Grazed & Enthused

Matcha Smoothie Bowl by Comfort Bites

Apple Pie Smoothie (use coconut milk) by PaleOMG

Mango Ginger Kale Green Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Coconut Papaya Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Creamy Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Blood Orange Green Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Carrot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie (use coconut milk) by Minimalist Baker

Coconut Clementine Green Smoothie by Minimalist Baker

Cherry Limeade Smoothie (use coconut milk) by Minimalist Baker

Super Thick Coconut Yogurt by Oh She Glows

Island Blast Green Smoothie by Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

Cool Paleo Melon Mint Smoothie by Stupid Easy Paleo


Offal in the Morning

Pork and Chicken Liver Terrine with Spiced Apple Compote by Kate Jay for Autoimmune Paleo

Bacon Beef Liver Pate by Mickey Trescott for Autoimmune Paleo

Beef & Offal Burgers by Castaway Kitchen

Loaded Toast with Pate by Castaway Kitchen

Easy Pan-Fried Chicken Hearts by Comfort BitesSuperfood Sausages by Primal Palate