Hello internet family. I feel like it’s been a lifetime since I have written anything on this blog of mine and I am really missing it. A lot has happened over the past few months, but I will leave that to another post.
For now, I wanted to start the new year with a post about food. The holidays were killer for my sweet cravings. All the delicious and abundant cookies, cakes, and candies sent my body into a confused sugar-crazed blur. I didn’t even eat that much junk, but it was there. I have been trying to stay away from processed sugar and give my body more natural foods when it craves sugar. Drinking lots of green smoothies and eating fresh fruits and vegetables has helped, but sometimes I just want some chocolate.
This recipe kills my sugar cravings and totally satisfies my sweet tooth while curbing my appetite. I love dark chocolate, the darker the better, so these are full of unsweetened cacao and very little sugar. Chia seeds, coconut oil, and almonds are among the other ingredients that make these bites delightful. No-bake, and one bowl prep also make them extremely easy to whip up.
1 c dates
.5 c almonds
2 tbs chia seeds
2 tbs coconut oil
.25 c cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 tbs coconut sugar
First, place the almonds and dates in a food processor and process until they are broken down into small chunks.
Add remaining ingredients and process until a smooth dough forms and the ingredients form a ball and come away from the sides of the bowl.
Line a small sheet pan with parchment paper and use a tablespoon scoop to portion out the balls onto the sheet pan. You should yield 12 protein bites and you can roll them in your palms to create some shape as the dough tends to be a little soft. Place the sheet pan in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, or until the balls firm up and the ingredients are set. Store them in an airtight container for up to seven days. I usually eat two or three at a time with a crisp apple or some coffee. They are a great mid-afternoon snack when my sweet cravings hit and we are too close to dinner to eat a huge meal. Grab a few before you hit the gym, run errands, or go to the park and you have a healthy treat that is delicious and sweet.
Tip: You can add more sugar to the dough if your little ones want to try them, these are too dark for my sons palette.