I’m always on the hunt for a quick and easy homemade chocolate fix. These little cherry almond brownie bites did not disappoint. Not only did they satisfy my chocolate craving, they also have a tart zing from the dried cherries. The last three ingredients in the below recipe are listed as optional, because I was making these up as I went along. They tasted great with just the top four ingredients, but a little TOO much zing for Mr. Zucchini Runner! Adding the coconut oil and vanilla bean helped to mellow it out. The maca powder is totally optional. I just added that so we got a little adaptogen action in our system. I also loved using the almonds in this recipe versus the pecans from my other, similar raw brownie recipe. Almonds are lower in fat and calories, higher in protein and add some visual interest with the contrasting colors. You can really use any nut you want or have on hand however.
Another fun fact about these bites, is they are NO BAKE! So that saves on some of the prep time.
Using a tablespoon, measure out dough and shape into a ball.
1 c. almonds (preferably soaked and dehydrated - I will be covering this in my next post)
1/2 c. dried tart cherries
1/2 c. Medjool dates, pitted
5 TBS raw cacao powder
1 tsp. raw maca powder (optional)
1 tsp. organic, unrefined coconut oil (optional - to add some moisture, ensuring dough is sticky)
1 vanilla bean, scraped (optional - don't sub vanilla extract)
Process the almonds in a food processor until coarsely chopped.
Add the tart cherries, dates, cacao powder and maca (if using); process until well combined.
If the mixture seems a little dry, you can add one teaspoon of coconut oil, ensuring you distribute it evenly around the processing bowl, so it doesn't clump in one spot. Process until well incorporated.
Add the inside scrapings of the vanilla bean and add to the processing bowl in a similar way as the coconut oil. Process again.
Using a tablespoon, measure out 1 TBS of dough by pressing firmly into the measuring spoon. Scoop out and firmly shape into a ball, for a nice bite-sized treat!
Store in the refrigerator or freezer. Makes about 15-18 bites, depending on how much you taste test along the way!