“Like a truffle, but more powerful.” – my father, describing these cacao bites
When I wake up in the morning, food is not usually the first thing on my mind. I know that’s surprising, but I’m usually not hungry until an hour or two after I’m out of bed. Unfortunately, that usually means I’m lifting on an empty stomach. I know you’re not supposed to do that, so I thought, “what if I made something small, that I could eat before working out, that would give me the necessary carbs to lift heavy things?”
So I made these cacao snack bites. And holy SHIT they are good.
Maybe it’s just me and my chocolate addiction, but I really felt like eating these before my workout, even though I wasn’t particularly hungry yet. They pack the perfect pre-workout punch, too: dates for carbs, hazelnuts for protein and healthy fats and cacao butter and powder for some superfoods.
Also, they’re super chewy and fudgey and are all in all, really freakin’ delicious. If you want a snack or dessert, make these! They come together in less than an hour including chilling time, so there’s really no excuse not to.
- 12 small dates, pitted and soaked in warm water
- ½ cup raw hazelnuts
- 2 tablespoons almond flour
- ¼ cup cacao butter, melted
- ¼ cup raw cacao
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Add the soaked dates to a food processor and pulse until you get a thick, clumpy paste. Scrape that paste out as best you can and set it aside.
Add the hazelnuts to the food processor and pulse until they’re ground into a sand-like consistency, then add the almond flour and pulse once more.
Add the cacao butter and the date paste, and pulse until a sticky dough forms.
Add the cacao and the vanilla, and pulse again until the dough comes together and the sides of the food processor are clean.
Scoop the dough out and roll into balls. Refrigerate for at least half an hour before eating.