Raw Fudgey Bites

I had a slow cooked lamb shoulder in the oven but was in the mood for cookies. I searched the internet for raw cookie recipes but didn’t find any that tickled my fancy in that moment. I decided to mix and match a few recipes that I found along the way and these delicious fudgey bites were born!

These treats not only hit the spot when that sweet craving comes along but they also have plenty of health benefits too – bonus!

Pecans are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, E and B complex, zinc, calcium, magnesium, selenium, iron and manganese and have antioxidant and immune boosting properties (low levels of magnesium and zinc have been linked to depression). They are one of the richest sources of vitamin B6 which is essential for a healthy nervous system and regeneration of damaged cells. They are also a good source of easily digested protein and contain oleic acid (the same fat found in olives) which helps increase ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. They also contain substances known to protect the body from infections, diseases and cancers – ellagic acid, lutein and zea-xanthin. They have been found to be beneficial for Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Walnuts contain anti inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, copper, manganese and biotin. Research has shown that they can reduce the risk of both prostate and breast cancer and are beneficial for heart health due the the amino acid l-arginine. Walnuts also contain some unique antioxidants which are not found in many foods. They have been shown to assist in weight loss by increasing satiety and are beneficial for brain health as they contain a number of neuroprotective compounds including omega-3s, folate, vitamin E, melatonin and antioxidants.

Coconut has strong antioxidant properties and health benefits. It contains dietary fibre, manganese, copper and selenium. It also contains lauric acid which is anti-fungal and anti-viral so is great for immunity.

Dates are high in fibre, easily digested and contain vitamins A, B2,3,5,6 and K, copper, magnesium, manganese. They are quite high in fructose so go easy on them and eat these treats in moderation.

Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 cup pecans

1/2 cup walnuts

1/4 cup dessicated coconut (make sure it is preservative free – many contain 220 which is extremely dangerous for asthmatics)

1/4 cup raw cacao

10 medjool dates (seeds removed)

1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder

pinch of celtic sea salt

Method

Put all the ingredients in a food processor and process until it all comes together and is smooth.

Don’t worry if you process it for a little too long and some oils are released. It won’t affect the end product but will just make the next step a bit messier.

Put the mixture onto a piece of baking paper and roll into a log shape – about 3 cm in diameter and put it in the freezer for 1 – 2 hrs to set.

Alternatively, you could press the mixture into a baking tin lined with baking paper and cut into squares once set.

When set, cut log into 1 cm slices and enjoy!

Store in the freezer and try not to eat them all at once!

 

I would love to hear from you if you try them.

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15 thoughts on “Raw Fudgey Bites”

  1. Hi, I really enjoy your posts and these look great. I wanted to make these for my kids who aren’t a big fan of dates and can taste them in just about anything. Do you think I could sub with something else, maybe organic dried apricots?

    • Thanks Melissa!
      I have never made them with anything else but I think another dried fruit would work. I have heard of people using prunes instead of dates but I think dried apricots would be yummy too. You may need to add in some coconut oil or soak them in boiling water for a while because medjool dates are not dried so would have more moisture.
      Let me know how they work out.
      Cheers,
      Monique

  2. Hi,

    Your recipes are great and are making my new gluten free life a lot easier!

    I was wondering if the recipe strictly depends on the pecans and walnuts, or could you substitute them for alternative nuts?

    Thank you!

    Pen

    • Hi Penny,
      You could try the recipe with any nuts you like. I think the softer ones would give a better texture but any should work.
      Let me know what combinations you try and how they turn out!
      Cheers,
      Monique

  3. I have just made these and they are amazing easy to prepare and incredibly delicious. T
    hey were going to be an after school snack for my brood, but they may not last until then. Thank you for this recipe.

    • I am so glad you like them Suzanne!
      It is very hard to stop at just 1! I hide them in the freezer and eat them straight from there.

  4. Hi Im keen to make these, but could not find the dates in my area, so only have access to normal, dried dates. I have quite a sweet tooth, so do I add a bit of honey? Also, no vanilla powder, can I use extract & how much would you suggest? TIA 🙂

    • Hi Ruth,
      Dried dates should be ok but you will need to soak them in boiling water for about 20 mins to soften them. I haven’t done it so am not sure of the quantities. You can get medjool dates from Coles and Woolies in the fresh fruit section. You really shouldn’t need any more sweetener but taste the mixture once it is done and add extra if you need to. You can use extract but it is more bitter. Start with a teaspoon and then taste – you can add extra of anything to suit your taste buds.

  5. Hi Monique, another fabulous recipe. I couldn’t stop eating it and had scoffed down half of it in no time at all! Can you recommend replacing the dates with anything due to their high fructose value? Hubby LOVED these too. Thanks so much – you are amazing!

    • I have never tried them with anything else. They are a one or 2 piece snack only!
      If you do then please let me know. 🙂

    • I haven’t tried them with anything else but you could try prunes or dried apricots (make sure they are preservative free). I have no idea of the quantities though.
      Let me know if you give them a try and how it goes.

  6. Just made this with macadamia so and cashews very yummy especially good for Easter

    • Yum! We can’t have either of those in my house unfortunately but I am sure it would have been super creamy and delicious.

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