dark chocolate date nut energy bites
Last Saturday was the perfect rainy stay in the kitchen kind of day. It was made for experiments like these.
I’ve long been curious about sweetening food with Medjool dates but replacements for sugar rarely work for me.
Visually, these desserts were as adorable as the recipe picture and they did look appealing - a feat healthy food does not always accomplish. Tastewise? The crust was a nuttier version of a Lara bar, which I had hoped for. My daughter summed it up best when she said, "I like the crust a lot but I just don't really need that cashew smoothie on top!" 😝
While I won’t be making these again (the leftovers were hanging in the freezer a week later), it did affirm for me something about healthy dessert swaps: they are usually not worth it for me. If it’s my birthday, I don’t crave a cashew smoothie, you know what I mean? If it’s not my birthday, I’d just take a peach, thanks.
But about those dates. Medjool dates are high in fiber and minerals which support good digestion, and they have a low glycemic index for those with blood sugar issues, or anyone not wanting to develop blood sugar issues! A little goes a long way to add a bit of sweet, and the stickiness holds ingredients together.
Which all led to this week's experiment: I started with almonds and dates, then added a nut butter (this time peanut butter because of the love, and I had it on hand), protein powder, and organic cacao powder. It tasted good but was crumbly. The crusts from last weekend's test had coconut oil as an ingredient so I added 1 tablespoon and popped in another date to make it 6. Here's what I discovered:
Dark Chocolate Date Nut Energy Bites!
While I second guess recipes that work on the first try, I gave it a day to observe the tried and true testers and behaviors in the house. Yesterday there were 20, today there are 5.
They have a dark chocolate taste with just the right amount of sweet and nutty. Yum and more please.
Here are details!
- 6 large medjool dates
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup unsweetened nut butter (I used peanut butter)
- 1/2 cup unflavored protein powder (I like Mullin's Whey 100% Pure Protein Isolate)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- Put dates, almonds, nut butter, protein powder, cocoa, and coconut oil in a food processor and blend until thoroughly chopped and mixed together. Continue mixing until the dough just starts to clump together.
- Using a mini scoop or tablespoon, scoop up mixture and roll into balls.
- Store covered in refrigerator until ready to eat!
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