Valentine's Day Bites

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Ah it's the month of love.  Love for your boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, kids, friends and yes - even yourself! I know tradition dictates that enormous heart-shaped box of chocolates & roses but let's be honest here. Homemade treats to me are best and honestly, most of those chocolates in the box aren't even favorites. I prefer to spend time creating a special treat from my heart to share. If you wish to have chocolate - feel free to dip these bites into melted dark chocolate.   

Recently, I've learned & embraced coconut manna (aka butter) thanks to my dietician. It's a medium-chain fat & is used by the body for energy. Coconut manna is available at most grocery stores near the coconut oil. Manna is known to helps you burn more calories and is an appetite suppressant. And the fatty acids can help boost brain activity! Food is powerful.   

So what is it actually? Coconut manna is made from the meat of the coconut, very similar to the consistency of a nut butter. It is decadent and heart-healthy. It's a lovely alternative to your normal nut butter routine so think of using it as a topping for toast, oatmeal or consuming it right out of the jar. As for this recipe, these bites are chock full of protein and healthy fats leaving you satiated unlike those chocolates. This recipe yielded 15 bites and took about 10 minutes to make. Store perfectly in the freezer or fridge.   

Ingredients:
8 Medjool dates (soft dates work best)
1 cup raw cashews
2 teaspoon coconut manna, warmed not melted
1.5 cup shredded coconut
1/2 c rolled oats
2 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 pinch of salt

Method:

  1. First begin by warming your coconut butter in the microwave for about 45 seconds or until soft but not melted.  Please note:  If your dates aren’t super soft, please soak them for 30 minutes in a bowl of boiling water to soften - then drain. 
  2. Proceed to add all of your ingredients into your food processor and pulse until broken down and combined.
  3. If you're able to pinch the dough together & it sticks - you're ready to roll. If not, pulse a few more times to break the dough down.
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Note how the dough is pinched together & it sticks.

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  1. Using a small scoop, roll out the dough and place on a tray.  
  2. Repeat until you have used all of the dough. I prefer to freeze or chill for about 20-30 minutes to set & firm.  
  3. Once firm, I recommend storing in the freezer or fridge in an airtight container until served.  
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In the freezer these will remain fresh for 30 days or in the fridge for 8-10 days. The bites package up nicely in a cellophane bag tied with a ribbon for gift-giving as well.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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valentines-day-bites



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