Cocoa Hazelnut Bites

I've got a major sweet tooth. Not so much in the "I want to eat all the sugar/chocolate/ice cream in the world" way but in a way that I tend to prefer that my snacks/meals have a bit of a sweet element. I tend to crave sweets in the morning and in the afternoon which is the time that gets me in trouble. I'm always SUPER hungry around 3pm and just can't seem to get enough of sweet-tasting things and I will almost always crave chocolate. Since I can't/don't want to eat an entire chocolate bar as a snack (ok, I probably could but I would regret it soon after), I decided to make something to satisfy my sweet tooth that didn't involve 10lbs of sugar. These little bites definitely fit the bill. DSC_1788_01

I'll be back later in the week with a Crossfit update and some other fun stuff! Happy Monday! (Is there such a thing? Possibly...with enough coffee).

Cocoa Hazelnut Bites

Yields: 12 servings

These little bites have just enough chocolatey flavor to stave off my chocolate cravings, have around 160 calories with 12g fat, 12g carbs, and 3g protein (without honey), and are incredibly satisfying as a mid-afternoon pick me up!

2 cups hazelnuts (skins removed)*

5 large medjool dates, pits removed

3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

2 Tbsp. almond butter

3 Tbsp. softened coconut oil

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 Tbsp. raw honey (optional)

*To remove skins: toast hazelnuts in a 350F degree oven for a few minutes until skins begin to blister. Remove from oven and place in a kitchen towel. Rub the towel vigorously over the hazelnuts to remove skins.

1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and process until a thick, sticky dough forms.

2. Line a loaf pan or 8x8 pan with parchment paper and place dough in pan. Press down with your hands firmly to pack the dough.

3. Refrigerate until solid, at least 2 hours. Cut into portions and keep refrigerated.