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Vegan choco date bites

Clearly I should have prioritised taken the photos ahead of eating these vegan choco date bites as there was only one left by the time I remembered. Ahem. Next time.

This recipe is a mash-up of a few I’ve tried (and may change as I tweak it further). These bites are sweet, sticky and quite satisfying, but they’re not yet as firm as I’d like them. Bonus: they take around 5 minutes to make (… and eat).

Makes 5 small date bites: scale-up and substitute as you need to.

Get these

  • 25g of raw, unsalted cashews
  • 50g pitted Medjool dates
  • 15g – 20g raisins or sultanas
  • 1 or 2 tsps of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 or 2 tbsps plain flour (or rice flour)
  • 1 or 2 drops of vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

Do this

  • Stick the cashews in a blender and pulse until finely ground (keep an eye on it; you want to avoid them becoming oily or gloopy).
  • Add the dates and raisins and keep blitzing. You’ll probably need to scrape things around in between.
  • Keep blitzing / pulsing until the fruit is minced and the mixture well combined – it’ll be quite sticky at this point.
  • Tip the fruit & nut mixture into a bowl and add the vanilla extract, salt and 1 or 2 tablespoons of flour (or until the mixture becomes a little firmer/drier).
  • Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder (or to taste) and combine until the mixture becomes easier to mould.
  • Take a teaspoon of mixture and rub it between your palms to form a ball. You should get around 5 dainty bites from these quantities.
  • Place in a small bowl, box or whatever, and store in the fridge (this helps them set a little firmer, too).
  • That’s it – just nom when you want. I expect these may be good for a couple of days but … I wouldn’t know yet …

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