I’m not gonna lie. I love chocolate. My daughters love chocolate. My husband loves chocolate. We are also somewhat health-conscious, yet always searching for budget-savvy ways to get a chocolate fix that isn’t detrimental to our health (or my daughters’ behavior!). This is how our Crazy Cocoa Bites came into existence….
Easy to make
Easy to involve the kids
Even without kids involved in the process, it’s still fun to get your hands a little messed up once in a while, lick some sticky goodness of your fingers and feel like a kid again. My daughter enjoys molding them into spheres, or use cookie cutters to form them into whatever fun shape she fancies.
What I really love about this dessert / snack is its versatility (see extra flavors/nutritional boosters listed below) and ALA Omega-3 fatty acid content found in the walnuts. My favorite nutritional boost (pictured) is to roll in a bowl of hemp hearts as a finishing touch plus another ALA Omega-3 boost! It looks pretty awesome too!!
Raw vegan, grain and gluten free, high in ALA Omega-3 fatty acids
1 cup medjool dates, pitts removed
½ cup walnuts (ideally soaked for 12 hours then dehydrated thoroughly)
¼ cup Cocoa powder (Raw Cacao powder is better than Hershey’s brand).
Pinch of Sea salt (just as a flavor enhancer; optional)
Flavor or nutrition boosters of your likings to taste: (optional). Examples:
Sea Salt crystals
Process ingredients into a food processor until the ingredients are thoroughly combined. If they begin to make a ball while processing, turn the mixer off. (The texture should be moldable, yet somewhat easy to break apart even after pressing and shaping it.)
Mold into desired shape, or spread evenly in a small pan and cut into squares to make raw vegan “brownies” / AKA Homemade Lara Bars….
Store in cool, dry place. Keeps well at room temperature for 2-3 weeks. Avoid exposure to water to extend the shelf life. Can be refrigerated or frozen. Enjoy!