Make it Clean Monday: Chocolate Fudge Bites
So I should probably just rename my site “I Heart Chocolate” since Chocolate has been the theme of most of my recent posts. I just can’t help it. I really do love chocolate, and there are so many stinkin’ Halloween candy commercials on tv. Naturally, chocolate has been on my mind a lot and I keep trying to think of new recipes I can whip up.
Also, as my birthday, along with a number of holidays, are quickly approaching, I have been thinking of healthier sweet treats I could make so not to induce a processed sugar coma over the next few months of events. The holidays are often hosted at my home and this arrangement invokes my love hate relationship with all the goodies that come my way during this time. My taste buds love eating the treats, then my body hates me afterwards… not in an “I gained 10 lbs of fat” kind of way… although that could easily happen too, but in a “my body feels like bunk because I’m not used to eating this way and the sugar is slowly destroying my insides” kind of way. (How’s that for a run on sentence?… happy proof reading hubs.) “Ugh, I’m just leaving it like that.” -Butch
Oh and yes, I wrote this pre Halloween and birthday but I am just now finally posting this. At least I posted before Thanksgiving (small victories right?).
Here is my newest chocolate love… Chocolate Fudge Bites!
I often make a walnut based brownie (I’ll have to post that recipe sometime) when I am wanting something sweet for my family and I for a special occasion. It’s my “go to”. It’s the one recipe my husband says I could bring to a “normal people party” (normal people party = a party where people eat normal foods… not the crazy sugar free gluten free stuff I come up with). But I wanted something more decadent and different than my usual treat if I was going to pass up Dairy Queen cake this year for my birthday. Last year I ate a monster size piece and regretted it immediately after (excess sugar and dairy are often a no no for me). I figured I would mix up something similar to the walnut brownies but I would use one of my favorite nuts… macadamia and see how it turned out.
I made these into “cupcake bites”, but I am thinking this mixture would also make an amazing frosting for cakes and cupcakes. Yum! One Chocolate Fudge Bite is plenty to satisfy the sweetest sweet tooth. Two is almost too much. The dates make these seriously sweet (at least compared to the treats I usually make).
You will need a food processor for this recipe.
- 2 cups macadamia nuts
- about 10 pitted dates
- 5 TBS cacao powder
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (no corn syrup added)
Super easy instructions:
1. Blend the macadamia nuts in the food processor till they become super creamy.
2. Add in pitted dates one at a time until completely blended. (I emphasize pitted because the first time I made something with dates I did not realize they had pits and killed the motor to my food processor… oops. Now I know.)
3. Add the cacao powder, salt, and vanilla extract and blend till completely mixed.
4. Scoop mixture into muffin tins (about half way full) and store in the freezer.
They become more firm after a few hours but you could defiantly eat it with a spoon immediately. As I said before, I think this recipe would make a great frosting as well. I may have to use this when making a birthday cake in a few weeks. I will let you know how that turns out.
This only makes about 6 “cupcake bites” so if you want a full 12 you can double the recipe.
Do you have a favorite “healthy treat”? If so, please share in the comments below. Feel free to link up your personal blog (or post a link to someone else’s recipe you love) if you have a recipe you want to share.