Cocoa Date Bites

Cocoa Date Bites

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I love these easy dessert bites! I make them about once a month for me and Steve to have in the evenings, or to take to parties or potlucks. They are easy to make and are a great snack when I am craving something sweet.

I have made them using different nuts, but I recently started using a nut mixture and found they taste like brownie bites! I have been using a combination of raw walnuts, raw pecans, and a few toasted hazelnuts. I don’t mind if the hazelnuts are raw, but I love the deep flavor of a toasted hazelnut…I mean, this could almost be like everyone’s chocolate hazelnut spread, just vegan! 

There are only a few ingredients, and most people have everything they need already in the pantry! 

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It is as simple as chopping up the nuts in a food processor – 

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Adding the rest of the ingredients and processing until everything is broken down and combined together –

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And then portioning them out into individual pieces. You might also be able to press everything into a small cake pan and then cut them into squares, but I have tried that yet! Maybe I will try that next time and add a simple frosting! 

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That is one of the best things about this dessert. It can be customized to fit your favorite flavor combos or play around with the shape and toppings!  I hope you enjoy them, or find a favorite flavor combo for you. I would love to hear if you changed it up a little bit! 

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Cocoa Date Bites

Prep Time15 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Keyword: Gluten Free, Holidays, Nuts, Potluck Ideas
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates (soaked and drained if they are a little dried out)
  • 1 cup raw nuts (I used raw pecans, raw walnuts, and toasted hazelnuts-you can use raw hazelnuts, but i find they tasted better toasted in this recipe)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp teaspoon vanilla extract or paste
  • pinch of salt
  • 1-2 tbsp nondairy milk
  • optional: extra cocoa powder or finely shredded coconut for toppings

Instructions

  • Start by placing the nuts in the work bowl of a food processor, and pulsing them until they are broken down and chopped. Be careful not to overprocess the nuts because they will turn into a flour.
  • Once the nuts are finely chopped, add the dates, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt to the work bowl of the food processor with the chopped nuts.
  • Pulse the mixture a few times to break up the dates. Then let the food processor run until all of the dates are broken down, and the mixture is fully incorporated. Depending on your food processor, it will take about 1-3 minutes.
  • The mixture should hold its shape when pressed/squeezed together. If you find that the mixture is a little dry or crumbles, add a little bit of milk at a time and pulse the mixture to incorporate the liquid. Test it again to see if it holds together when squeezed.
  • Use either a small cookie scoop or a small spoon to portion out the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper. Once it is portioned, roll each piece in your hands to create a ball.
  • Place them in an airtight container and into the fridge for a few hours to firm up.
  • Once they are firm, you can roll them in finely shredded coconut or extra cocoa powder as you would a chocolate truffle.

Notes

This recipe can be customized to different flavors! Try adding a little orange zest and juice instead of milk for a chocolate orange combo. Or you can even pulse a few pieces of dried fruit, like dried cranberries, in the final step to give it a holiday flavor (or if you like to eat cranberries year-round like me!).

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