Salted Dark Chocolate & Almond Butter Bites (Vegan)


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].



  • Rochelle @
    February 7, 2013

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

  • 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!

    • Shellywest
      jmayel & sacha
      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): Also, you could experiment and substitute peanut butter, cashew butter, tahini, etc etc etc.

      • jmayel & sacha
        February 10, 2013

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

        • Shellywest
          jmayel & sacha
          February 10, 2013

          Good luck! They’ll turn out wonderful!

  • Lisa is Raw on $10 a Day (or Less!)
    February 9, 2013

    Oh yeah, these look delish and easy 🙂

  • 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?

  • The Peace Patch
    April 13, 2014

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

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