I will never understand how/why some people don't like chocolate.
In a way, I envy them. Life would be a lot easier I you didn't want chocolate all the time.
Seriously: ALL. THE. TIME.
I’ll tell you a secret though: I used to not care for chocolate once upon a time. It’s not that I didn’t like it – just that I wouldn’t go out of my way to purchase it. My vice used to be potato chips. But now? Something about dark chocolate melts away the negative emotional vibrations that take unwelcome refuge in my body. Chocolate makes my soul smile.
Some studies say chocolate (dark) does the body good – you know with the antioxidant properties and all that wonderful stuff. But let’s be honest: the stuff they add to commercial chocolate bars is anything but good for you. This includes bleached sugar, milk fat and artificial flavours (to name a very few).
Pro Tip: Thinking someone at school or work isn't fond of you? Make them some of these and I guarantee you'll be Facebook friends before lunch. You're welcome.
Here’s a recipe that will serve to fulfill your chocolate fix. Indulge knowing the ingredients are wholesome and healthy: walnuts, cashews, dates and raw cocoa powder with a sprinkle of salt. Only 5 ingredients? Beat that Cadbury!
What’s more? These little orbs of bliss can be made in batch and kept in the freezer; I find they taste best frozen anyway. If they last long enough (which they won’t) they can keep in the freezer for a couple of months. I refuse to believe anything is better after dinner than some fudgey-goodness with a comforting tea. You’re welcome (again).
Chocolate Fudge Brownie Bites
▸ ▹ Vegan, raw, gluten-free, oil-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free
Yield: 20 bites
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 10 min
1 heaping cup (about 15) soft medjool dates*, pits removed
1 cup (125 g) raw walnuts (optional to soak in water first for a few minutes/hours, then drain)
1/2 cup (75 g) raw cashews (optional to soak in water first for a few minutes/hours, then drain)
1/4 cup (25 g) raw cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 Tbsp (20 g) dairy-free dark chocolate, roughly chopped (optional)
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until fudge consistency achieved. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides.
Then add the chocolate to the food processor and pulse a few times to roughly chop the chocolate.
Remove the blade, and using your hands, form the batter into 1-inch round balls. Enjoy!
*if hard, soak in warm water for 10 minutes and drain
Optional: you can coat these balls in cocoa nibs, coconut flakes, or finely chopped dark chocolate bits. I personally enjoy them without an external coating to achieve the maximum sticky fudgey goodness without the chewing.
Storage: store in the freezer for up to two months.
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