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ANOTHER INCREDIBLE RECIPE FROM ONE INGREDIENT CHEF'S ANDREW OLSON!
These guys call for carob, which is similar to cocoa, but it comes from an entirely different bean. It has a natural sweetness (so you need less sweetener, or in this case, no sweetener at all) and contains no caffeine. Compared to chocolate, the taste is both sweeter and more bitter at the same time and I absolutely love it. It works so well with the other flavors in this recipe.
Makes about 12 energy bites
- 18 small dates
- 3 tablespoons almond butter
- 3 tablespoons carob powder
- 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 3 teaspoons maca root powder
- 1/4 cup slivered almonds
- Pinch of salt
- sesame seeds, for coating
Add the dates, almond butter, sunflower seeds, maca powder, and salt to a food processor and process until it's a solid, gooey ball. Only then do you add the carob powder… why? Otherwise, the powder will atomize inside the processor and find its way onto every inch of your kitchen. I've made that mistake twice. So, once the other ingredients are processed, add half the carob powder and pulse, then the final half until well mixed. Finally, add the slivered almonds and pulse until incorporated but not completely ground.
At this point, test out a sampling of the dough and try to roll it into a ball with your hands. If it is too crumbly, feel free to add a little extra almond butter and/or water to the food processor as needed until the mixture is just gooey enough to be rolled. One time, they came out perfect without any water. Another, I had to add 1/4 cup. It happens. When they're just right, roll each into a ball about 1/2+ inch in diameter.
This final step is the hardest and most time-consuming one. While the bites are still warm and soft from being processed and rolled, dip each one into a bowl of sesame seeds and repeatedly press the seeds into the outside so that they stick. It will take a little bit of practice and, if they become too hard, you can pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to soften.
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