Raw Chocolate Sunflower Bites

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Yesterday while it snowed outside and my husband was huddled away studying for finals (which are so nearly over and I cannot wait!) I put on Christmas music and filled my little kitchen with a few friends who wanted a healthy baking adventure.  I probably should have done something festive but I went for some Neusch house staples instead.  On our menu was homemade chocolate chips, which we then made into chocolate chip cookies, a paleo carrot cake, raw chocolate sunflower bites and sunflower milk.   The recipes for the cookies I’ve already posted and the others are on my instagram but here are the chocolate bites…

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Raw chocolate sunflower bites

These are an easy treat to whip up out of whatever is in the cupboard, I like those kind of things. At the start of the week if I don’t have treats for lunches I’ll pull out whatever nuts, seeds, dried fruit etc we have and make a new version each time.  It’s a base of pureed dates, with coconut oil/butter, any other nut butter and then some ground nuts added until its a thick paste and then I throw in raisins/sunflower seeds/cashews/almonds or oats too until it will form into balls and scoop them out.  Yesterday as we made them we debated other descriptive words for these little gems… bites, nuggets, spheres, globes… you call them what you like 😉

This reeeeally is one to do by eye, feel and taste but I would say something like…

I start with about a cup of dates, pitted, soaked and pureed with a little of the soak water.  To that I add 1/2 cup soft coconut oil/butter and 1/2 cup nut butter.  Then enough cocoa for it to taste happily chocolatey, about 1/2-3/4 cup and 1 tsp vanilla.  Depending on how wet that still is I add up to a cup of nut meal, any kind, and with that, a pinch of good salt.  Then I add in 1-2 cups of any combination of sunflower seeds, raisins, chopped dates, other nuts and oats.  (Stay away from the oats to keep it grainfree/paleo).  At this point it works well to refrigerate it for 20 mins to let it firm up for making balls.  Then use a cookie scoop (OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop) to make balls and set them in the fridge to harden.

You can also add orange zest for a fun twist, or some brandy/whisky for an adult version.  It works well, I tested it for you.  For prettiness, it’s fun to roll them in coconut, or nut meal, or cocoa or a combination looks great on any plate, have fun!