Healthy German Chocolate Cake Bites – And A FREE download of Mesa de Vida’s Healthy Entertaining eBook #1!
I mean, these look amazing, right?
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They taste amazing too.
Best of all – these little babies are not only all of that, they are easy to make (about 2 minutes of prep) and they are SUPER NUTRITIOUS!
I found the original recipe for this over on the Uber-cool ChocolateCoveredKatie.com blog. I am not a dessert extraordinaire, I am more of a savory chef, so I turn to this site when I want healthy dessert inspiration. I highly recommend checking out this site if you don’t already follow it.
She calls her recipe German Chocolate Fudge Bites, and they were just the thing I needed.
I was preparing for a cooking demo at the Whole Foods in my area, hosted by the fabulous Renessa Rios, founder of Three Step Dating. I had the rest of the menu ready to go. Easy to make recipes that make you look like an AMAZING chef, take minutes to make AND are healthy too!
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So when I found the recipe over at CCK, I knew it was the beginning of the perfect finish to this perfect menu.
I just needed to make it just a tad dressier. Don’t get me wrong, they are perfect the way they are. They are fudgy, moist, perfect. They are better than any candy, AND more satisfying. They are gluten free and vegan. Full of fiber. Plus they have no added sugar, and are full of nutritious ingredients. This treat is good for you! I keep them in the refrigerator for those times when you need something rich and chocolaty, pop them in the kids’ lunch boxes and tell them they’re candy.
The recipe was wonderful as-is, but I wanted to bump up the fancy factor a bit. Simply adding a cherry, popping them on a fancy skewer and dunking them in chocolate ganache (optional of course) took them over the top! The recipe in the eBook does have the recipe for the ganache, feel free to leave this out if you want to keep the recipe completely vegan. Or you can also just use some melted dark chocolate if you wish.
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On to the recipe!
- Original recipe from *ChocolateCoveredKatie.com* - check out her site for LOADS of healthy dessert recipes!
- Makes about 16 small bites, I double the recipe though to keep more on hand.
- Skewers (get pretty picks to make your presentation more special)
- 1 cup soft dates (I get mine in the *bulk food heaven...ahem, section*)
- 1/2 cup pecans (also from the bulk food department for me)
- 2 Tb cocoa powder
- 2 Tb shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- tiny pinch of kosher/sea salt
- 16 pitted fresh cherries
- For the Ganache (optional)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 8 oz dark chocolate (chips or a bar cut into small pieces)
- Place the dates, coconut, cocoa, pecans, vanilla and salt into a food processor. Turn on the processor and allow it to run for about 30 seconds, stop and scrape down the sides, then process again for another 30 seconds. Taking about 1 tsp at a time, roll the mixture into balls. Refrigerate for about 1 hour or overnight. Skewer a pitted cherry, then the cake bite, then dip into ganache. Refrigerate until serving, up to overnight. Serve and enjoy!
- Bring the cream to a boil in a saucepan, as soon as it comes to a boil pour over the chocolate in a bowl. Slowly stir until the hot cream melts all of the chocolate and becomes smooth and creamy. Set aside. You will need about ¼ of this to dip the chocolate balls into.
- *Extra ganache? Make an amazing frosting by whipping at room temperature with electric beaters, or make chocolate truffles by refrigerating for 1 hour. Take 1 tsp size spoonfuls and roll into a ball. Roll in chopped nuts, shredded coconut, cocoa powder or crushed peppermint candies.
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