Although I am again late on my weekly post, I first want to share this recipe with you. I had a gathering last night at which I decided to offer only paleo appetizers and treats. The food was a hit and sparked some great conversations about the benefits of the paleo lifestyle. Here is, by far, the most requested recipe. It's a modification of a recipe I make almost weekly, which is from one of my favorite paleo recipe sites, jensgonepaleo.
I prettied these up for the party using mini muffin tins. Typically, I press them in a 9x9 pan and drizzle chocolate over the whole thing. Just remember to cut the bars before the chocolate cools or it has a tendency to crack.
2 cups almonds (raw)
1/2 cup flax meal (ground flaxseeds)
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 cups pitted dates (I wanted them sweet, but you can use as little as 1 cup and they're still great)
1/2 cup unsalted creamy almond butter
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup semi sweet or dark chocolate (optional) - I use E. Guittard's 61% cacao semi-sweet chocolate wafers. I am afraid if it is too dark, I will have a hard time melting and drizzling it.
- Melt coconut oil using your preferred method (microwave or stovetop). Set aside.
- Place all ingredients but coconut oil and chocolate in food processor and pulse briefly until ingredients form a very coarse paste.
- Slowly add coconut oil and pulse until well combined.
- Using a small scoop or teaspoon, evenly distribute mixture into 36 mini muffin tins. Press each bite down firmly.
- Chill in refrigerator for 1 hour or until mixture hardens.
- In the meantime, in a double boiler or metal bowl set on top of a pan of boiling water, melt chocolate. Spoon the melted chocolate into a squeeze bottle (available at some grocery stores and cooking retailers). You may also use a spoon to drizzle.
- Remove each bite, using a small spatula or knife inserted along one edge to pop them out. Set bites, spaced fairly close together, on a sheet of parchment or wax paper set on top of a cutting board.
- Using squeeze bottle or spoon, drizzle each bite with chocolate. Return bites to fridge until chocolate sets, about 15 minutes.
- Store bites in refrigerator until ready to eat (or serve). If left at room temperature for too long, they tend to crumble.