I have to start this post with a little note that I absolutely hate chocolate covered cherries. But as it turns out, tart unsweetened plain cherries mixed with cacao and a couple other delicious items like coconut flakes and vanilla makes it not only bearable, but a lovely combination of tart and sweet with that antioxidant boost that we all can use.
Cherry Cacao Bites
yields 15-20 small cookies
20-35 tart unsweetened cherries (with nothing added, Trader Joe's currently has these for not-too-expensive)**
2 tablespoons raw cacao nibs
1-1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup reduced fat unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1 heaping teaspoon coconut oil, not melted
1/4 cup filtered water
optional: add 2 tablespoons of vegan nondairy rice chocolate chips
Food process until all ingredients come together like so:
|Add water last, adding only as much as needed. Divide into little balls and chill.|
**I used a few prunes and 3 dates and 20 cherries. For that true cherry cacao combo, use all cherries. I was just being frugal.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Will keep 5-7 days.
If you have never tried Enjoy Life brand rice chocolate, do so now. Or maybe not; you'll be addicted and will find ways to sneak those mini morsels into everything.