We’ve now been here in Nicaragua for over a month (EEK!) and I’ll be honest… the first few weeks I was having such a hard time adapting. I felt very alone and lost.
As fate would have it, I ended up stumbling upon (not one, but TWO) local groups of expat women who were forming some women’s circles here in my town. I was ecstatic and it 100% changed my energy to be able to connect with some other amazing women.
At one of our recent gatherings, we had a potluck- which normally, are my jam. Seriously- you know me. I love to bake, cook and host. That is literally what I live for!
However, at this time, being only a few weeks into a new country… I had ZERO idea where to find anything and the ‘regular’ ingredients I would use for my items were also hard to come by.
That meant I had to jump outside my comfort zone and make a dessert I didn’t often prepare. I mean, you’ve seen my blog! My normal go-to when I bring an item is muffins or cookies… so what could I possibly make with no flour?!
After peering through my cupboards racking my brain (and a generous gift of a bag of coconut palm sugar from a neighbor), I got the idea to make some date bites!
The idea was great and the end result was delicious. But speaking from experience, this recipe will be a LOT easier than it was initially for me if you have a food processor. Attempting to break down the dates in an old blender wasn’t an adventure I’d like to repeat! haha.
Anyways, these delicious little bites make a GREAT potluck item or a yummy mid-day snack. If you wanted, you can follow my recommendations below to add in some protein powder and make these a powerful pre or post workout snack as well 🙂
This recipe is:
- No bake
- Easy to make
- Kiddo approved
- & Delicious
Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Nutty Chocolate Date Bites
- 1 cup dates, pitted
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1 tbsp almond milk
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 2 tbsp coconut palm sugar
STEP 1: Add dates, almonds, cashews, cacao powder and almond milk to a food processor and blend on high speed for 10 seconds. Scrape down with a spatula and repeat if needed. The texture should be smooth and it should form a sticky paste.
- If your mixture isn’t coming together, try adding a bit more almond milk (slowly) to help it mimic a paste.
- Make sure your dates are pitted or do so yourself before placing in the food processor!
- A high-speed food processor works best for this recipe. I used a blender and it was very difficult to get it to take the proper form.
- To make these a high-protein workout snack, replace the cacao powder in the recipe (AND the cacao powder used for rolling) with a chocolate plant-based protein powder instead.