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Raw Cacao Vanilla Energy Bites

Where oh where to start?

Well for starters, how about as promised, I'm back today with a sweet snack to share.

Or should I say a luscious chocolatey snack?

Raw Cacao Vanill Energy Bites | ediblesoundbites.com

If you've been following along with me for awhile now, you're probably familiar with how much I love to make real easy snacks, especially no-bake energy bites. They're always nutritious and deliciously good. These are no exception! The title says it all. If you have a sweet tooth and are in love with chocolate, these little bites might just fit the bill. They're texture is so smooth, soft, and chocolatey. Very reminiscent of a decadent truffle. Only these won't go straight to your thighs ;)

Raw Cacao Vanill Energy Bites | ediblesoundbites.com

You may be thinking they look pretty impressive, but they're surprisingly easy to prepare. Just 6 ingredients and some quality time with my favourite kitchen accessory, the food processor.

Raw Cacao Vanill Energy Bites | ediblesoundbites.com

I recently bought some raw cacao powder at my local healthy food store and boy is it good. I've been doing some experimenting with it in a few recipes and this is one of them. I think I nailed this recipe the first time I made it. After the first bite, I almost died and went to heaven! Maybe I'm biased but I think this is one of my best energy bite recipes yet, and my family agrees with me. They came out so fluffy and soft. They just melt in mouth.

I made sure the chocolate and vanilla flavours were nice and prominent. Pure and simple clean ingredients for clean nutrition.

Raw Cacao Vanilla Energy Bites

by Jennifer Trennum

Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Keywords: food processor no-bake raw dessert snack gluten-free grain-free vegan almond butter dates cacao powder energy bites

Ingredients (12 energy bites)

  • 3/4 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup smooth almond butter
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

Place macadamia nuts in the bowl of food processor and grind until finely chopped. Be careful not to turn them into nut butter.

Next add the dates to the chopped nuts and grind until combined and mixture holds together.

Add the rest of the ingredients to the food processor. Process until a smooth dough forms, stopping and scraping the walls of a food processor as needed. It should take about 2-5 minutes. The dough should be sticky enough that you are able to form it together in your hands.

Using a small ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop 2 tablespoons worth of the mixture out (about the size of a golf ball) and roll with hands into a ball. Place some coconut flakes in one bowl and cacao powder in another, roll half of the balls in the coconut flakes and the other half in the cacao powder to coat.

Notes

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks. Freeze for up to 3 months. They can be eaten right out the freezer, no defrosting necessary!

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 energy bite Calories: 136 Fat: 10g Sodium: 21mg Carbohydrates: 13g Sugar: 7g Fiber: 5g Protein: 2g

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Reader Comments (4)

Hi Jennifer!
These little bites look fabulous! Love the addition of mac nuts and almond butter. I don't know what it is about dates and cacao, but when they come together, its pure magic. I'll have to try these. Thank you for the recipe. Lovely photographs!
@Traci - Hi Traci! I totally agree, there's just something special about dates and cacao. Thank you for the sweet comment!
May 22, 2014 | Registered CommenterJennifer
Hey I never seem to have macadamia nuts on hand, any other kinda you'd reccomend as a replacement?
May 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEm
@Em - I would recommend using cashews if you have them, because they're a softer nut for this recipe. Any nut will do the trick but try cashews. It will give you a nice truffle like texture. Enjoy!!!
May 29, 2014 | Registered CommenterJennifer

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