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chocolate coconut date fudge bites

Do you like chocolate? And cake? I’ll answer those questions for you with a resounding YES, yes, very much so. Chances are you also like fudge. If so, I’d say we’re off to a fabulous start. In fact, we’re most certainly well on our way to becoming lifelong buddies; bffs who are fudge connoisseurs together, stick together.

Perhaps you simply don’t have a massive sweet tooth. Or maybe you don’t have a “sweet” tooth at all (*gasp*). If that’s the case, I’m incredibly flattered that you’re perusing my self-diagnosed sweet as (in the literal sense) blog. I also want to let you in on the magic of these fudge bites.

Although they may *scream* dessert, they are not like any ordinary sweet treat. If you consider yourself a savoury snacker, if you reach for salty chips at a party instead of chocolate-studded cookies or brownies, then these flax crackers may very well better float your snack boat.

Having said that, I also want to disclose some possibly paradigm-shifting information: although these fudge bites reside on the sweeter end of the snack spectrum, the taste of sugar will not tyrannize your taste buds. Instead, coconut and dates run the show (and it’s truly a standing-ovation-worthy show).

In other words, these chocolatey bites are proof that you can have your cake fudge and eat it too. Densely packed with coconut flour, cacao powder, and dates, they are chock full of whole-foods-derived healthy fats and minerals. Did you know that 1/4 cup of cacao powder delivers a whopping ~16%, ~26%, and ~41% of your daily recommended amounts of iron, magnesium, and manganese, respectively?*

The raw, chocolatey magic powder is also rich in flavanols, an antioxidant which, as recent randomized controlled trials suggest, works to protect the brain and improve cognition.

Despite being demonized by some individuals because of its saturated fat content, coconut actually delivers ~50% of its fat in the form of mcts, or medium chain triglycerides. These shorter fatty acids are more immediately converted into energy compared to long chain fatty acid fats, which compromise 98% of all dietary fat! More simply put, these snack bites offer a source of truly quick-bursting energy.

In addition to providing a readily available source of mitochondrial fuel, these unassuming little guys also feature an extraordinarily high amount of fiber (aka your gut’s best friend) thanks to the coconut flour. If you’re celiac or happen to lean towards more low-carb eating, know that coconut flour is squeaky clean of gluten!

Behold: a healthy, whole-foods-based “treat” that gives the impression of bold indulgence. Shall we say goodbye to post-snacking guilty remorse forever?

coconut date fudge bites

Print Recipe
Serves: ~8

Ingredients

  • 1 packed cup pitted dates (~12-14 medjool dates)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsps maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tbsp water (or sub more syrup if you'd like a bit more sweetness)
  • 1 tbsp unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/2 tsps vanilla extract
  • Generous pinch salt
  • Glaze:
  • 2 tbsps unrefined coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsps maple syrup, honey, or other liquid sweetener
  • ~1/3 cup shredded coconut to top!

Notes

*Cacao powder nutrition information sourced from nutrition data .
*Recipe loosely adapted from Minimalist Baker's chocolate cake bites !

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