Almond Vanilla Chocolate Chip Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup oats (I use GF)
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup or agave
  • 6 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 vanilla bean, slit lengthwise and seeded
  • 2 tablespoons water, + plus more as needed
  • pinch of mineral salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, cacao or carob nibs, or raw chocolate

Optional add ins:

  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon or so of cinnamon
Place all ingredients in food processor except for chocolate chips. Blend, scrapping down the sides as needed, until combined. (I like to leave mine a little on the chunky side). Add 1 or 2 tablespoons more water as needed. Remove mixture and place in a medium size bowl, mix in the chocolate chips.
Refrigerate for about 20 minutes, it will help the mixture stiffen a bit making it easier to handle.

Roll into 1 inch balls or flatten like a cookie. If forming them into balls you may like to roll them in cacao powder, cinnamon or shredded coconut. I’ve done all three and all were great ! Makes approx. 12 – 18, depending on if your rolling or forming cookie shapes.

Store in fridge and enjoy within a few weeks. They also freeze well.

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