So normally I don’t have a huge sweet tooth (unless a DQ Blizzard is within 100 feet of me). However, I think since I’ve been eating a lot of savory items this week (eggs, sausage, nuts, etc.) I suddenly developed a craving for something sweet besides fruit. Since I can’t have a granola bar or flavored almonds, my usual sweet craving go-tos, I found a recipe for little paleo “brownie” bites that looked really good. Last night I had some free time (a rare occurrence in my busy life) so I went to Trader Joe’s, got the food processor out, and made these bites. They were SO GOOD. To the point where I made my roommates try them and they wouldn’t have guessed that they were paleo, let alone that the key ingredient was dates. Something I had honestly never eaten before in my life, but it made them perfectly gooey and delicious. An important note: don’t forget to pit the dates! I almost did…but maybe they would have just been chopped up? Luckily, I didn’t have to find out. It made about 13 balls, so depending how big you roll them, you will probably have around the same. I rolled a few in coconut, put them in the fridge in a closed container, waited about 20 minutes, and they were perfect! Try not to eat them all at once 🙂
Paleo Chocolate and Coconut Bites
- 1 1/3 cup Slivered Almonds
- 11 pitted Medjool Dates
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 cup Shredded Unsweetened Coconut
- 1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1.) Combine all ingredients (except water), in the order listed, in the bowl of a food processor. Process until mixture resembles coarse gravel.
2.) While the processor is running, add a thin stream of water, about ½ tsp. Stop the processor and check the mixture inside. If it sticks together when you smush it, then you’ve got the right consistency. If it’s still crumbly, add more water. You don’t want to add too much water because the bites will be too sticky!
3.)When you’ve got the right consistency, roll mixture into tablespoon-size balls. Roll in coconut, if desired. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Info (Per bite, from My Fitness Pal):