Cocoa Peanut Butter Bites

This gluten-free, oil-free vegan recipe gets natural sweetness from dried dates.  No one, whether child or adult, can resist the classic combination of bananas and peanut butter.  Make a batch and keep in the freezer...you'll be ready for any chocolate craving.

EASY          Servings: 12       Ready In: 10 minutes

Cocoa Peanut Butter Bites - Healthy, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, No Refined Sugar, Plant-Based, Vegan Dessert Snacks

Cocoa Peanut Butter Bites - Healthy, Oil-Free, Gluten-Free, No Refined Sugar, Plant-Based, Vegan Dessert Snacks

Ingredients

1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup rolled oats, gluten free
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup dates
2 tbsp Cocoa powder or brown rice flour, for dusting


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Procedure

Gather ingredients 

To make the Cocoa PB Bites: Place the oats in a food processor.  
Purée until shredded, resembling coconut shreds. Remove from food processor
Place the dates in the food processor  
Purée dates until they come into a gooey ball. This might take a few minutes
Place the remaining ingredients, along with shredded oats back into food processor with the dates
Purée mixture. 
Drizzle in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture holds.  
The mix should hold when rolled into a ball. If it's too dry, drizzle in more water. Too wet, sprinkle in some brown rice flour 

Remove mixture from food processor
Portion about 1-2 tablespoons of the mix into you hands and roll into a ball. 
Place balls in a small bowl with cocoa powder, or you can also roll these in brown rice flour. 
The brown rice flour tends to be better for longer storage, so that the bites don't clump together

Enjoy! 
Freeze or refrigerate for longer storage

Chef's Tips: For a peanut-free alternative, try it with almond butter or sunflower seed butter.  You can add a 1/4 tsp chipotle powder for an spicy "flavor kick"

Yield: 24 "Bites"


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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/12 of a recipe (about 2 bites).

Amount Per Serving
Calories 164.12
Calories From Fat (34%) 56.56
% Daily Value
Total Fat 6.76g 10%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15.94mg <1%
Potassium 265.13mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 23.52g 8%
Fiber 4.11g 16%
Sugar 10.54g
Protein 5.79g 12%
Calcium 0.06mg <1%
Iron 21.06mg 117%
Vitamin A 1.54IU <1%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%


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