Now for the second Valentine’s Day-inspired dessert this week: chocolate fudge bites! I made these from another one of Katie’s recipes, German-Chocolate Fudge Bites, though I changed it slightly. Here is my version:
Chocolate Fudge Bites
- 3/4 cup pitted dates, plus one extra date
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/16 tsp salt
- 2 T cocoa powder
- 2 T shredded coconut
- scant 1/2 cup raw pecans
- 1 tbsp chocolate chips
Blend all ingredients together very well in a food processor, until the “dough” forms one big mass. Roll into little balls, and enjoy! Just as a note, they are a little sticky, and I would recommend storing them in the refrigerator.
The recipe is very similar to hers, but I added an extra date because after I started blending everything it looked a little too “nutty”. But then it looked a little too “date-y”, so I threw in the chocolate chips. I wasn’t originally planning on adding them, since she said they were optional, but I really think it was a great addition to the recipe!
The end result was a fudgey, ganache-like ball of chocolate bliss!
Mmm…heavenly and healthy. What more could you ask for in a dessert?
I took a few of these to my lab on Valentine’s Day, but it was also my advisor’s birthday so we surprised him with a cake. I’m in a pretty small lab, and we had to finish the whole cake, so I think that’s partly why the lab didn’t manage to finish all of the fudge bites by the end of the day. Oh well – just means more chocolatey-goodness for me! :)