These chocolate bites are so yummy -- kind of a cross between a truffle and a no-bake cookie. It should be noted that I don't believe in low fat, and so I have no idea how many calories are in these little guys. They are healthy because they are sugar free, grain free, and nutritionally dense. They are great to have on hand for midnight nursing sessions (I always get hungry when I'm nursing at night!) or anytime you need a bit of energy. If your toddler eats nuts they will love these; just make them small enough to be one little mouthful or you will have chocolate all over.
(adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie)
- 2/3 cup raw pecans (or walnuts if you can't do pecans)
- 1 1/2 cups (240g) pitted dates - I like to use the kind you can buy in a big block, thinly slice off the amount you need and it's minced!
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 5 tbsp cocoa (get nice cocoa, you can taste the difference. I love Cocoa Camino because it's fair trade)
- 4 tbsp shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- In a food processor, chop the nuts into tiny bits.
- Add the chopped dates and blend until the dates are about crumb sized and it's well combined
- Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until combined
- Form into little balls. If it's too crumbly, add a bit more oil. If it's too sticky, add more coconut.
- Try not to eat them all at once (it made more than the five pictured, but it's the day after I made them!)