This version highlights some of the gourmet ingredients I recieved from Qualifirst to review: cocoa nibs, dried cherries and cocoa powder (see my Qualifirst review). I used a combination of cocoa nibs and mini chocolate chips because I wanted some of the sweetness from the chocolate to balance out the rich, yet bitter, unsweetened cocoa nibs. If you don't have cocoa nibs you can use extra chocolate chips or omit them all together.
My husband and son ate most of these before I could so I will have to make another batch soon! Maybe in a new flavour...
Makes 12 bites
16 Pitted Dates (about 1/2-2/3 cup)
1/4 cup Natural Peanut Butter
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 tsp Water
1 Tbsp Cocoa Nibs
1 Tbsp Mini Chocolate Chips
1/2 cup GF Quick Oats
2 Tbsp Dried Cherries
If your dates are hard and dried out, you may need to soak them in water for 15 mins to soften them up.
If your dates are somewhat soft, blend them in a food processor until they form a paste (I use my mini kitchen aid processor)
Add peanut butter and vanilla and blend until well combined.
Add cocoa powder and water and blend until you have a dough like mixture. Add more water by the 1/2 tsp if you need more moisture.
Dump your mixture into a bowl with cocoa nibs, chocolate chips, cherries and oats.
Stir until well combined.
Form the balls.
Store in fridge or freezer.