Pecan Pie Bites {with dark chocolate chips}

I promised you dessert and I delivered!  Besides satisfying the after-lunch/dinner craving for something sweet, this easy little snack is a great pre-workout treat.  The main ingredient is medjool dates, affectionately referred to as “nature’s candy”.  I have fallen head over heels for dates.  I eat them in my cereal, I saute them with spinach, and now, they are my dessert.  To me, these taste just like pecan pie.  I made up a little crust that is completely unnecessary.  Although, if you have a little extra time, you should try it.  It adds that buttery element that pecan pie needs.  I love them and they love me right back. :)

I made two different types of Pecan Pie Bites just to see which worked better.  The first batch was made without coconut oil and they were my favorite.  The only problem is, they were much softer and stickier than the bites with coconut oil.  If you don’t mind sticky, then go with those.  However, if you are making it as a go-to snack before a workout, definitely add the coconut oil.  That ingredient is a slowly released energy source that will help keep you going strong throughout your training.  Dates + Coconut Oil = AWESOME workout fuel!

 

 

INGREDIENTS: (makes 8-10 pecan pie bites or balls)

  •  8-10 Medjool dates, pitted and sliced in half
  • 1/2-3/4 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 TBS unsweetened almond milk (work your way up to 2, gradually adding as needed)
  • dash (or two) of sea salt
  • *OPTIONAL* 1 TBS coconut oil
  • *OPTIONAL* handful dark chocolate chips
  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor (or blender) and blend until smooth or as smooth as you like it.  NOTE: You will have to stop processing every few seconds and scrape down from the sides.  Add almond milk as needed to reach desired consistency.
  2. It helps to scoop the mixture into a bowl and allow to chill in the fridge for 20-30 minutes (or freezer for less time) before shaping them into bites, bars or balls. 
  3. 

INGREDIENTS FOR “CRUST”:

I did not intend to share the crust with you, so I didn’t measure my ingredients very well.  If you decide to try it, I don’t think you could really mess it up.

  • 4-6 TBS almond flour
  • 1/2 TBS raw (Amish) butter, melted
  1. I combined the two ingredients and formed a dough, adding a little more of each as needed. 
  2. I spread it out like a pizza dough on a foil-lined toaster oven tray.
  3. Toasted/baked on 350* for 7-10 minutes. 
  4. Crumble the crust (it will fall apart easily) and roll the balls/bites until covered.

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