Back with one more Christmas treat and probably the last I’ll post for awhile. Starting in January I’ll be joining some of my fellow CrossFit pals in a MVT (Meat, Vegetables, Training) Challenge, a 2-month challenge to follow a strict Paleo diet. A diet very similar to the Whole30 program. Eliminating the common things in a Paleo diet (gluten, soy, dairy, legumes, and sugar). It also mean eliminating the “treats”. In the end of the challenge we all come back to see who leaned out the most along in completing a challenging WOD. Sound fun? It does to me! But before I start the challenge and because it’s Christmas and because I like to think I’ve been a pretty good girl I made my last treats of the year. And let me tell you…. these treats are soooooo good! The center I like to compare to a Larabar, but formed into balls instead of a bar. Then dipped in dark chocolate and sprinkled with shredded coconut. YUM!!! A treat this girl could get in major trouble having around. If you give these a try for your last treat of the year, enjoy!!
Now let’s talk about the dark chocolate. I found Theo Dark Chocolate Bars at my local Whole Foods. Their dark chocolate bars are organic, soy-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free. I highly recommend them for these little bites! Another option for a soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate is Enjoy Life.
Ok, my lovely readers I hope you and your family have a very wonderful holiday! I’ll be missing in action for a few days as I head off on a little vacation with my family. It’s a much needed vacation for us to all spend time together. Our lives have been very hectic so we are going to slow down and enjoy each other for a few days at a very magical place where fairy tales come true! That’s right DISNEY!! We are all very excited!
Have a wonderful holiday!!!
Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites
10 medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup almond slices
1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut (plus more for topping)
2 tablespoons dark chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 to 2 tablespoons water
1/3 cup chocolate chips such as Enjoy Life Chips (optional)
2 bars dark chocolate, melted
In the bowl of a food processor place dates, pecans, almonds, coconut, melted dark chocolate, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. Process ingredients until well blended. Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to the bowl until a ball of dough forms. Once dough is formed stir in chocolate chips, if using.
Form dough into tablespoon size balls. You should be able to make about 10 to 12 balls. Once formed place in a container and freeze for 15 to 20 minutes until solid.
In a double broiler, melt dark chocolate. Take the balls out of freezer and coat a bite in the melted dark chocolate and place on wax paper. Sprinkle coconut flakes on top of the bite. Repeat with the remaining bites. Place in the freezer or refrigerator until the bites have set.
When ready to enjoy, allow the bites to come to room temperature. Or you can enjoy right out of the freezer or refrigerator.
Makes about 10 to 12 bites.