Most of my friends and family know that I have quite a sweet tooth. The common debate of salty vs sweet isn’t a debate for me at all – sweet is always the winner. Through my years as an undergraduate nutrition student, I have learned about different types of sugars and explored various ones that are available in our food supply. The major problem with many sweets that the average North American consumes is that they are filled with refined, low-quality sugars which spike blood sugar levels after consumption and contribute to the development of many metabolic conditions, the major one being type II diabetes. If you are itching for something sweet, eating fruit or sweetening with natural sweeteners such as maple syrup or honey would be the healthiest option.
I have been making this recipe for a few years now and it has been quite the hit among my friends and family. Dried fruits are a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth because they are both nutritious and sweet and can be used to create interesting desserts. This recipe uses one of my favourite dried fruits: dates. Dates are practically fat-free and are great for the digestive system as they have a good amount of fiber. They also contain magnesium which is essential for the body as it is involved in various biological pathways such as energy expenditure and bone remodeling.
These bites taste just like brownies (I promise you won’t miss the fatty, high-sugar brownies). They are also suuuuper quick and easy to make! I really hope you give these a try and like them as much as I do!
- ½ cup cashews
- ¼ cup walnuts
- ⅛ cup cacao nibs (optional - for a little crunch)
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut
- 2 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ¼ tsp salt
- Add nuts & cacao nibs (if using) to a food processor & process into small crumbs.
- Add dates & pulse until small chunks form.
- Add coconut, cacao, maple syrup, vanilla & salt and pulse until dough-like consistency.
- Slightly wet hands & use a teaspoon to roll dough into 1 inch balls.
- Place in an airtight container & let set in the fridge for at least 2 hours or in the freezer for about 45 mins. Store in the fridge or freeze. Bites are tastiest eaten cold out of the fridge.