Usually when I’m whipping something up in the kitchen my bakes often involve a whole lot of sugar and chocolate, but when I decided that I wanted to get creative the other weekend I had a healthier idea in mind. I don’t have a massive sweet tooth in that I need to eat something sweet every day, but if I do decide to indulge it usually gets out of hands and results in a big old portion.
After being inspired by a whole lot of Pinterest searches for healthy snacks I settled on making some healthy chocolate bites loosely based on both a Terry’s Chocolate Orange and Snickers/Bounty flavours.
To make both recipes you’ll need:
- Medjool Dates
- Coconut Oil
- Orange Zest
- Natural Peanut Butter
- Cacao Nibs
- Dark Chocolate
- Desiccated Coconut
For the chocolate orange balls I used this recipe but also added a few teaspoons of honey in too to help bind the mixture together.
I then went off on a bit of a tangent and came up with my own recipe. I was originally intending to go for a more of a coconuty flavour but instead the peanut butter seems to have taken over.
So if you like nutty chocolate, a bit like a Ferrero Rocher, then this will be perfect for those cravings.
I used the following to make around 12 balls in total:
- 170g Oats
- 80g Chopped Medjool Dates
- 4 Teaspoons Natural Peanut Butter
- 3 Teaspoons Cacao Nibs
- 1 Teaspoon Honey
- Handful of Desiccated Coconut
- Drizzle of Melted Dark Chocolate
- First up blitz the oats in a blender so they go down to a fine powder substance.
- Then add in the dates, peanut butter, cacao nibs and honey and whizz until blended.
- If the mixture isn’t quite sticking together then add in a splash of water and mix again.
- Melt the chocolate either on the hob or in the microwave and sprinkle some desiccated coconut onto a chipping board.
- Tale the mixture and roll into a ball, take a spoon a drizzle a teaspoon of dark chocolate and then dip in the coconut.
- Pop in the fridge and leave to set for around an hour.
It’s so nice to have some healthier treats in the fridge that won’t leave me feeling full of guild post-snack. Plus, they honestly taste delicious so I’ll definitely be making some more chocolate bits in the future.