Monday, February 25, 2013

Chocolate Date Bites

    We all have our vices. If you know me at all you will know that mine is certainly without a doubt Chocolate! I love chocolate, in all forms. So I am always out looking for new chocolate recipes. What is so great about this recipe is that these are actually good for you. Each bite is only 77 calories and has only five grams of fat. I got this great recipe from Kiwi magazine. They always have new and healthy recipes to try. This is also a no bake recipe so it is incredibly easy. Kiwi magazine put this recipe as Chocolate Fudge Bites. I decided to change the name. Simply because as a chocoholic there is no way these can pass as fudge. However, I like dates so these are good as they are. However, if you have finicky eaters at home you probably can pass them off as Chocolate Fudge Bites as it is very hard to detect the date instead of fudge.
    Also, to note about this recipe. I highly recommend a food processor for this recipe. Unless you have a very durable blender or chopper and blender combination there are strong chunks that really need to be incredibly small. Enjoy!

Chocolate Date Bites
Makes 24 bites

- 1 1/2 cups of pitted dates
- 1 1/2 cups of walnuts
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt

Place pitted dates and walnuts in a large bowl and add enough hot water to cover.

 Let the dates and walnuts soak for 30 minutes, drain, and transfer to food processor along with cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla extract and salt. 

 Process until completely smooth (about 1 minute), then use a spatula to transfer the mixture to an 8-inch-square baking dish lined with parchment paper.

Top with walnuts.

Refrigerate overnight before slicing into 24 bite-size pieces and serving.

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