I’ve been staying clear of processed sugar lately (I’m on a 5 day streak, go me :D) and what I’ve found myself gazing at in the grocery store is chocolate. I debated buying a dark chocolate bar last night but decided to give this recipe a shot instead and I was happy with the results! Hope you enjoy them too!
These are packed with various nutrients, fiber and protein in every bite making it a great on the go snack! Just be sure not to eat the whole batch at once, they’re made with nuts & seeds making them a healthy & nutritious but calorie dense treat.
14 Medjool Dates(soaked for 5 minutes)
3/4 Cup Cashews
1/4 Cup Almonds
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 Cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/2 Cup Cacao
Maca powder (optional)
Soak your dates in hot water for 5 minutes. Don’t let them soak too long and get too soggy here!
Combine cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds in your food processor and process until they’re completely crushed and about to start turning into a more ‘butter’ texture (as in almond/cashew butter). Once they get here stop and scrape the sides/bottom to mix everything up.
Add your dates. Not the water they were soaking in, just the dates! Process everything together. You may have to stop a time or 2 to scrape down the sides.
Once everything is good and mixed add your cacoa powder and process again. This is most likely going to turn into a huge stuck together clump! That’s ok, you want it to. Once it’s like that you’re done processing!
All you do now is roll the ‘dough’ into small bites/balls! I made 14 larger bites but I’d recommend making ~18 slightly smaller ones. I like to pop the whole thing in my mouth at once and these are quite a big bite!
Once you’ve done that you can dust them in maca powder, cacoa powder or whatever you’d like! (though I’d suggest staying away from powdered sugar :D) I did about 1/3 maca, 1/3 cacao and 1/3 plain. I believe the cacoa dusted are my least favorite because the powder is a little too bitter for me!
Store in a container or plastic bag in the fridge.
*You can sub other seeds and nuts here – let me know what you try!