I have hesitated to put these types of recipes on the blog, since some folks tend to go overboard with "treats" when they are trying to clean up their nutrition. However, I have had many requests for these types of recipes and know there's a good place for them if your nutrition is on track. If you are in your first 30 days of cleaning up your nutrition, let me preface the recipe by saying this:
have these as an occasional treat!
There is no doubt this is superior in terms of nutrition to a chocolate bar, cookie or piece of fudge you buy at the store...but go easy ('nuff said).
These easy-to-make cocoa nuggets are a sweet, chocolately treat for your taste buds without any added sugar or, even worse, artificial sweeteners!
With just 3 simple ingredients (or 4, if you decide to use a small slice of a banana), you can mix up these little nuggets in no time.
1 C walnuts or pecans
1 C dates
1/4 C unsweetened cocoa powder
**optional - one 2" slice of banana**
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until thoroughly blended (a good 20-30 seconds). With your hands, form into 1"-2" sized balls, by rolling between your palms. Place in a container and cover.
Chill for at least 30 minutes.
I enjoy these without the banana, but my kids love these with a bit of banana added. You could add any other fruit/berry as long as it's a small piece - you don't need much!