Salted Dark Chocolate & Almond Butter Bites (Vegan)

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These are what I call the ‘I just did my taxes and need some chocolate’ cookies. They were a little ‘guilt free’ reward that was needed after sifting trhough document and papers and receipts and bank statements. It’s a shame really…I went to yoga right before sitting down to do my taxes in hopes that it would leave me in a state of calm. But after all questions after questions about loans / checks / wages…I needed some chocolate.

I decided to go the healthy and lazy (no bake) route with these. A whole lot of protein with a bit of sweet (from the dates) and some natural fats (from the nuts). They are totally indulgent but not in a ‘oh shit, I’m going to have to spend an extra 3 hours on the treadmill’ sort of way. They are rich and gooey but also filling and…dare I say, practical? As a vegetarian, I can pretty much convenience myself that anything with 5+ grams of protein is an acceptable snack / breakfast / lunch / dessert.

 

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Salted Dark Chocolate & Almond Butter Bites (Vegan)

Inspired by The Sprouted Kitchen and Oh, Ladycakes
  • 1 cup nuts (I did 1/2 cup pecans and 1/2 cup almonds)
  • 1 cup dates, pitted (soaked in water for 10+ minutes)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (or peanut or sunflower or cashew, whatever you are feeling)
  • 1 ounce dark chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Sea Salt, to garnish

 

Throw everything into a food processor and pulse until a thick dough forms (if its crumbly then add a tiny bit of water). Roll dough into tablespoon size balls and place on waxed paper. Smash the dough balls down slightly with clean fingers or a fork. Sprinkle with  sea salt . Stick in the fridge for an hour or enjoy them right away [in their prime gooeyness].

Shellywest

Shelly is the creator of Vegetarian Ventures. She is also the Creative Director of Driftless Magazine and likes to wear wolf shirts, drink peppermint tea, and dance to Stevie Nicks.

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11 Comments

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    Rochelle @ WheatlessRochelle.com

    February 7, 2013

    Ohhh, I know what I’m doing now with the leftover dates I have in my fridge. Thanks! 🙂

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    jmayel & sacha

    February 8, 2013

    These look lovely. but is it possible to make the almond butter? i live in Thailand and getting interesting ingredients for baking is a nightmare!

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      Shellywest

      February 8, 2013

      For sure! Homemade almond butter would be SO delicious in these. I’d recommend this recipe for homemade almond butter (I like mine with a small hint of honey but any recipe would do): http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2012/04/sea-salt-and-honey-almond-butter/. Also, you could experiment and substitute peanut butter, cashew butter, tahini, etc etc etc.

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        jmayel & sacha

        February 10, 2013

        i’m making these today for my wifes 29th. Lets hope i don’t mess it up!

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          Shellywest

          February 10, 2013

          Good luck! They’ll turn out wonderful!

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    Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or Less!)

    February 9, 2013

    Oh yeah, these look delish and easy 🙂

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    Abby @ The Frosted Vegan

    February 10, 2013

    Oh man, these look so so good! Props to you on doing your taxes, I become way too frustrated for that!

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    Pat

    March 13, 2014

    These look really good and I’d like to try them. What do you mean by “dark chocolate?” Baking chocolate? Chocolate bar?

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    The Peace Patch

    April 13, 2014

    Another fabulous treat for last-minute guests…so yumfully easy! Many thanks! 🙂

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