All you need is just 4-ingredients to make these Almond Butter Bites.
Almonds, almond butter, pitted dates and mini-chocolate chips. That’s it!
This grain-free, paleo-friendly and vegan-friendly recipe is a must try. It’s simple, it’s quick, and it’s crazy good! A perfect real food treat to enjoy as a snack, dessert, or as a pre-workout snack and also makes for a delicious lunch box addition.
Last weekend, during my (stacie) meal prep, I created this recipe based on what I had on hand (ps: most of the recipes I create are based on what I have on hand. Kind of like the show ‘Chopped’). Sometimes my recipe creations turn out amazing….and sometimes not so much (like the vegan cheese dip I made that taste like…well, I won’t even go there….to put it lightly, it’s what I call a total flop!). Anyways, rest assured, these 4-Ingredient Almond Butter Bites were a definite success. Even though my hubby cringed when I threw in the dates, those dates certainly didn’t stop him from gobbling them up! I had to remind him that a portion size was 2 bites and finally decided it’d be best if I portioned them out. I recommend you do too. They’re a treat. Treats in moderation, right?
Toss the almonds, almond butter and pitted dates into a food processor or high-powered blender and let er’ rip.
This process will take about 7-9 minutes depending on the power of your food processor or blender. You may need to scrape the sides of the processor or blender if the ingredients begin to stick. In addition, if you over process the ingredients you’ll end up with a delicious and sweet tasting almond butter.
Below is a photo of the consistency you’re going for.
Fold in the chocolate chips and let the fun begin!
For the mini-chocolate chips, Jessica and I choose the Enjoy Life brand because they’re gluten-free, dairy-free, peanut-free, nut-free, soy-free, and vegan making them an allergy-friendly option for all to enjoy (no pun intended).
To form the round Almond Butter Bites you’ll want to firmly press the dough together in your palm and then begin to form into a small ball.
You’ll notice that the oils from the almonds will begin to release as you press the dough together. This is exactly what you want because it will help the dough stick together and not to your hands, making the ball rolling process much easier. We’re all about ease here.
A freezer-friendly recipe too!
Is your mouth watering yet?! Mine is just writing about these delicious Almond Butter Bites.
One final note. As you may know, Jessica and I are huge fans of bulk cooking and freezing meals. This recipe is freezer-friendly too. If you wish, go ahead and double the recipe and freeze-half of the bites for next weeks treats and lunch box additions.
Now go give this recipe a try.
And because I’m a dietitian, as a friendly reminder, these Almond Butter Bites are a treat and to be enjoyed in moderation. 🙂
- Place raw almonds, almond butter, and pitted dates into a food processor (may use high-power blender).
- Process for 4-6 minutes or until ingredients start coming together. This is when it starts sticking to the sides and forming a ball. Once this occurs, scrape the sides once and let process for 30 seconds longer. Note, if you over process you will end up with almond butter. Test dough with hands by pressing the dough together firmly making sure it will form a ball.
- Transfer dough to medium bowl.
- Fold in mini-chocolate chips.
- With hands, firmly and with pressure, form the dough into round bites.
- This recipe will make 24-26 bites.
- Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 3 month.
Let us know if you give these a try and if you’d like to see more recipes like this one!
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