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chocolate almond butter bitesThose checkout aisles at the grocery store can be a nightmare. Not only do we have to negotiate tempting pocket-money magazines with eye-catching headlines (“Is Pippa MIddleton Engaged?”; “25 Worst Beach Bodies”), but also serried rows of come-hither confectionary. Ahh, those crispy, colourful packages containing a black hole of happiness. Mmm, it’s only little. Just rip off the wrapper and dive on in: to over a third of a days’ worth of added sugar and fat.

And that’s if you stick with one modestly-sized bar or bag. Kinda makes the trolley-load of kale and quinoa a bit redundant. *Wince*chocolate almond butter bites

It’s not so bad if you have eaten beforehand, and perhaps don’t give a fig about celebrity shenanigans, but still. If you have gotten in the slow queue (always), you can be stuck with these twin totems of temptation for minutes. Whole minutes. What’s a person to do?

Well, if you can hold out just a little while, a scintilla really, today’s recipe can be your post-checkout treat. It is super quick, five ingredients and utterly delicious. It makes about 20 candies, and you can store them in the fridge or a cool room. The recipe is easily doubled or tripled so you can make enough to give away if you like (!).

I can’t do anything about the celeb gossip (*yawning*) but a “well done you for surviving the weekly shop without buying rubbish,” that I can do. You even get to put them in little peelable wrappers like REAL candy. Cos it is. Just healthier.  Take that, Hershey’s.

chocolate almond butter bitesChocolate-Almond Butter Bites

Last year: Baked Marinara-stuffed Risotto Balls (Arancini)

Two years ago: A Homemade Deodorant That Really Works

Miss R’s track of the week: Sam Smith’s Nirvana – a sexy, smooth silky song – kinda like chocolate!

A wee bit like the famous brand of US peanut butter and chocolate candies, but better! Don’t worry, despite the food to glow whole foods touch, these tiny bites are still decadent – but with a whole lot less sugar and added fat. Use peanut butter or cashew butter if you like – or whole nuts rather than the nut butter. Sometimes it is easier to get whole raw nuts than get good quality nut butters

Still not tempting enough? Chopped toasted almonds and a flurry of flaky salt complete the decadence. These not-too-sweet nuggets are perfect for ‘afters’ with coffee, as a little pick-me-up snack, or lunch box treat.

Makes about 20 petit four-sized bites (easily doubled/tripled)

150g best quality dark or plain chocolate (or a mixture of the two), chopped – many quality chocolates are vegan, but check the label for added milk powder

50g pitted dates, chopped

50g almond butter OR 50g raw almonds (toast for 5 minutes in a 180C/350F oven)

1 tsp real vanilla extract (I like Nielsen-Massey and Ndali brands) OR vanilla powder/paste

1/4 tsp fine salt (more, to taste)

Flaky salt and lightly toasted chopped almonds for tops

Special equipment: small shallow baking tray or plate; double boiler or similar; petit four cases or candy cases (mini muffin cases are larger but use these if you like – makes about 14 candies)

1. Melt the chocolate gently in a double boiler/bain marie/microwave. Remove from heat and keep warm (pop a tea towel on top to absorb any condensation).

2. Add the dates, almond butter/almonds, vanilla and fine salt to the small bowl of a food processor/mini chopper. Process until mostly smooth and forming a sticky ‘dough’. If you are using almond or other nut butter, provided the nut butter is at warm room temperature, you can just mix it all up in a bowl. I live in Scotland so that’s not usually an option :D

3. Spoon a small amount of melted chocolate in each petit four case – about ¼  tsp – tilting to bring the chocolate up the sides a bit. I put in too much and it formed a thicker layer than I wanted (but seriously, who minds more chocolate?!). Pop each coated case into the baking tray or on a plate and place in the freezer or fridge until hardened – about 10 minutes.

4. Roll small balls – about 1/2 tsp – of ‘dough’ and flatten to make a little disc. Push a disc into each cooled case; pour over the remaining chocolate, swirling slightly to distribute and completely cover the almond-date mixture.

5. Pop the filled cases back in the fridge/freezer until almost set. Sprinkle over the chopped almonds and salt; return to the fridge. Once set, keep covered in a cool place.

Suggestions: for coconut lovers, add 2 tbsp of toasted desiccated coconut to the date and nut mixture when processing, adding a tbsp of water to keep it from getting too dry. You may like to use a flavoured chocolate, like an espresso one, or one with sea salt (adjusting your own salt if doing so). If you like it sweeter just add more dates, date syrup or honey, although the mixture may be a bit stickier. It will still work just fine.

Nutrition Per Bite (14 grams): 72 calories; 5g fat; 4g total sugars; 1g fibre

Entering this in the Made With Love Mondays roundup over at Javelin Warrior’s Cookin’ W/Luv, as well as to Sowmya of Nivedhanam, a new-to-me blog vegetarian blog, and to Priya’s Easy and Tasty Recipes. I am entering Priya’s Healthy Diet – Lunchboxes challenge – hosted this month by Sowmya -as this recipe certainly fulfils the remit. Loads of entries over there to peruse.

Oh, before I go, here is a link to food to glow subscriber Amy at junkfoodjournal‘s entry to the Jamie Oliver Search For The Next Food Tube Star. She has made a short video about how to make Mexican Horchata. If you have time, click on her link and vote for her. She would really appreciate it. All the best Amy!chocolate almond butter bites

 

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58 thoughts on “Chocolate-Almond Butter Bites – a healthier candy

  1. Deepa says:

    Ohhh me likes! These look yum!

  2. These look deadly. I just found a sugar-free (sweetened with stevia) vegan dark chocolate that this would be crazy good with. I am thinking Christmas gifts here….

  3. reggiorif says:

    It must be delicious and it also looks great. I love the addition of dates, great idea!

  4. These look JUST amazing and I saw something similar recently on one of those magazine websites you were talking about! LOL! I LOVE almonds and chocolate as a combo too……lovely idea to add dates, all sounds very tasty! Karen

  5. OH MY DELICIOUSNESS. I will be trying this within the next few days. Looks amazing!

    1. Please let me know if you make them and how they were. I love feedback. Thanks for commenting :D

  6. What a delicious idea. and so ripe for many other variations Kellie. Love it.

    1. Yes, I have made a version with a layer of mooshed dried apricots that I am sharing in one of my classes. That was delish! Lovely that it had a little tang to it. I bet you could come up with some great flavours, Nazima.

  7. ps love your new autumnal header!

    1. Ta, Nazima. It is a bit massive though. I had fun playing around on picmonkey making it and labeling my photos- my new love!

  8. Oh yummers – those look amazing! Can’t wait to try them when the weather cools down over here. (Currently the chocolate melts all on its own… no double boiler needed!) Love the new-look banner and photo captions! xxx

    1. Yeah, I wouldn’t bother with these while it is hot. Chocolately things are not even desirable (to me at least) when it is hot. Not even covered in kale ;D

  9. Amanda says:

    Wow these are gorgeous. Such beautiful pictures and great ingredients. I love dates.

    1. Thank you! Dates in things like this are so useful and full of fibre too.

  10. those tabloids at checkout counters are worst than the calorie/sugar/fat laden junk.. they are all addiction.. lol love your idea of adding dates to the almond butter, gotta make me some!

  11. I want one of these right now! The dates are such a good addition!

    1. They seem to add the right amount of sweetness for us, but a little honey with the dates would perhaps more authentic. Although I guess the ‘real thing’ would have loads of glucose syrup or similar. Haven’t bothered to look at a label. The nutritional info is always conveniently small on confectionary.

  12. RealFoodie says:

    Thank you for your support Kellie :) You are such a good person to go out of your way to help me. Continued success! You deserve it.

    1. You too. Lovely, warm video and fab recipe. Although you know I would use brown rice ;D

  13. Maria Tadic says:

    Mmmmm these look so good! And so much healthier than the typical grocery store find! these will be great for halloween!!

    1. Yes, they would be great for Halloween, a holiday that not on my radar these days. In fact, because of your comment I added Halloween as a tag, so thanks very much!

  14. Oh oh…beautiful post! Ok, my clip board of fav recipes is now way too overloaded, it’s well and truly time for a Kellie’s Food to Glow book, PLEASE!

    1. Now Niki, you know how lazy I am. If you could just organise a book proposal for me, do the negotiations, push me onto the computer from before dawn until the wee hours, and yes I would do it! Thank you for the incredible compliment though. Maybe one day I’ll pull my finger out and give it a go :D

  15. ritavegas says:

    These bites looks so scrumptious and healthier than the others! I really love this post :)

  16. Nancy says:

    Drool…if this is “healthier” I’m all in!

  17. thingsitaughtmyself says:

    YES PLEASE

  18. I know I can count on you to point me in the direction of something brilliantly healthy and yummy! A great recipe, Kellie, thank you for sharing xo

  19. You’ve outdone yourself, Kellie! These tasty treats sound like the perfect way to fight off the cravings for a peanut butter cup (one of my favorites although never eat them anymore)! I probably would make these with peanut butter as it’s my favorite “butter”, but what a great and quick reward!

    1. I think many people who might be tempted to try this would do the same. Well, certainly the Americans. Europeans and British don’t have the same affinity for pb, that’s for sure.

  20. keraoregan says:

    Yum! I came up with a Paleo/Vegan Almond Butter Chocolate for my blog the other week and use the same method for my fillings eg. with Hazelnut etc. I might have to try this flavour combo as it looks so relish! Man! Just after I thought I was out of my “healthy” chocolate phase!

    1. Just checked yours out – luxe! It is certainly similar but with some crucial differences in ingredients and method. The dulce de leche version is truly decadent. And why go out of your healthy chocolate phase??

      1. keraoregan says:

        I just meant the filling! I will have to try your filling in my chocolates haha :) Going out of my “healthy” chocolate phase because they’re not so healthy with the dulce de leche which is my favourite ;) Gobbling up a whole batch of that is still going to be naughty no matter how good the chocolate on the outside is! ;)

      2. I have to agree! Small batches and lots of friends should sort that ‘dilemma’. Mine is stripped down, that’s for sure. Some might find it not sweet enough but hopefully they will taste and adjust. Thanks for sharing your version with me – much more dinner party than mine ;D

      3. keraoregan says:

        Mine are quite similar, except for the dulce de leche version they are not very sweet- but I have always liked dark chocolate so it doesn’t bother me! I had over 100 for a wedding snow-trip which didn’t quite go to plan so instead of having 30 or so people to share with, it was down to a group of six of us…. they all were devoured :/ You’re welcome! Thanks for sharing yours, I am going to try your filling next time I am brave enough to go near “healthy” chocolate! (And next time I have an assured supply of friends to help me eat them!) Keep up the awesome blogging :D

  21. mama fatini says:

    so delicious..nyumi3

  22. Antypasti says:

    would love to make these for my diabetic dad who loves chocolates

  23. Sowmya says:

    Wonderful post Kellie

  24. Oh yum. Like Reeces Pieces only WAY better!

  25. zolachiro says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    We all know how hard it is to stay away from treats all the time, actually it is basically impossible, but with this recipe at least you can indulge your craving without feeling TOO guilty ;)

  26. minapeartree says:

    OH MY GOD I’M DROOLING!

  27. Courtenay Perks says:

    Looks so pretty. I’ve made something similar and my family absolutely love them

  28. Sam Currie says:

    Woah these look yummo, I am going to try them for sure xx

  29. stephrader says:

    Those look fantastic!

  30. This looks so good! Like Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups but a million times better!

  31. narf77 says:

    I have the best solution to the checkout sweetie blues, I just don’t go shopping. Steve does it ;). Still can’t find the headphones and even though both of the dogs have decided to get up with me it’s only 5.53am and Steve is fast asleep…I will check out Miss R’s selection later in the day. As usual this recipe is drool-a-licious and something that you would have to wrestle with your conscience to share…mine usually wins…sorry Steve…

  32. So I’m kind of upset with you right now….I’m lying here in bed, thinking I’m all done with eating for the day, and all I want to do is run to the kitchen and whip up a batch of these yummies :-). I will hold off for now….but tomorrows another day. Yum!!!

  33. Heather says:

    Hi Kellie. Thank you so much for linking up to my new party and sharing these amazing (healthier) chocolate treats! They sound de-lish! I love dark chocolate, dates and almonds!
    Hugs,
    Heather
    MySweetMission.net

  34. oooh they do look very moorish. I get quite distracted playing around with picmonkey too!
    Fab new header x

    1. Thank you! It is mahooosive though. I couldn’t trim it toomuch or no one would know what they were ;-)

  35. Heather says:

    Kellie, just stopping by to tell you that you were one of my top 5 featured posts from my Sweet Wednesday Link Party last week! Congratulations and stop by to get your Featured button, you deserve it!

    Hugs,
    Heather
    MySweetMission.net

  36. Amila says:

    wow!this is a my type of recipe…I always like to try simple and easy recipes..Definitely,will give a try

  37. Sowmya says:

    looks fabulous!!! simple and elegant… Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!!
    Sowmya

  38. Deena Kakaya says:

    These look fab Kellie! X

  39. Reeces Peanut Butter Cups used to be my weakness before I decided to eat healthier. How fantastic is this recipe! I can’t wait to try it, but I might use my organic peanut butter in place of the almond butter :)

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