5-Ingredient Energizing Raw Cacao Bites
Ingredients: (note – use organic whenever possible)
1 C pitted dates
2 T walnut-cacao milk
1/4 t sea salt
1/3 C walnut pulp (from walnut-cacao milk recipe – see below)
1/4 C walnuts, finely chopped
1 T cacao nibs (optional)
Place the dates, walnut-cacao milk, and sea salt into the bowl of a small food processor. Pulse to break-down the dates into a smooth purée. Remove from the food processor to a medium sized mixing bowl.
To the mixing bowl, add the nut pulp. Use your hands to combine the date paste and the nut pulp into a homogenous dough. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
While the dough is chilling, wash and dry the bowl of the food processor. Add the walnuts and pulse to chop into a fine crumb. Pour the walnuts into a small bowl, add the cacao nibs, and gently toss to combine. Set aside.
Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and divide into 10 equal portions. Roll each portion into a ball and place on the lined baking sheet. Roll each ball in the walnut-cacao nib mixture, pressing the crumbs to stick to the entire surface of each piece. Return to the baking sheet and chill for an hour to firm.
Store the bites in a covered container in the refrigerator or freezer.
recipe yields 10 bites
keep bites chilled for up to 4 days or frozen for several weeks
substitute coconut flakes for the cacao nibs, if desired
place 1 C raw walnut halves in a bowl, cover with cool water, and allow to soak 6-12 hours. Drain and rinse walnuts and place in a blender. Add 3 C cool water, 2 T raw cacao powder, 1-2 t raw honey (depending on desired level of sweetness) and a pinch of sea salt. Blend until completely smooth. Pour liquid into a nut bag or through a cheesecloth-lined sieve over a large bowl. Squeeze the fabric to extract as much of the milk as possible. Pour the milk into a jar, store in the refrigerator and enjoy over the next 2-3 days. The leftover nut pulp can be used to make 5-Ingredient Energizing Raw Cacao Bites.