This recipe is a quick, nourishing way to get your chocolate fix without refined sugars, grains, or baking. It contains six simple, energy rich ingredients like dates and nuts.
Dates contain a high source of energy from glucose and fructose but unlike refined sugars, they contain ten different minerals including selenium, copper, potassium, and magnesium. Dates are also a good source of B-complex and C vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants (mainly carotenoids and phenolics).
Aim for non-alkalized cocoa for a less processed (a.k.a. Dutch processed) powder to retain it's natural polyphenols, which may provide health benefits for obesity, type 2 diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, and gut microbiota.
Coat these Cake Bites with hemp seeds or shredded coconut for a guilt-free snack!
1 and 1/2 cups of walnuts or almonds
1 cup pitted dates
1 tsp. vanilla
A pinch of sea salt
Shredded coconut or hemp seeds for coating
Add nuts and sea salt to a food processor. Pulse until the nuts are finely ground but not too oily.
Add the dates, cocoa powder, and vanilla to the food processor. Mix well until evenly combined. With the blender still running, add a couple drops of water at a time until the mixture sticks together without becoming too wet.
Using your hands or a Tablespoon, form about 12 round balls, by rolling them in your palm. Using a separate bowl, coat the Cake Bites in your topping of choice.
Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Enjoy!
This recipe was modified from Paleogrubs.com