Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bites

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Hey There! I am so excited to be sharing a post with you all on Jill’s blog today! She is such an inspiration in the world of healthy living blogging. If you are a big blog reader like I am, you may have seen some recipes similar to these bites floating around. Who knew that soaked dates and a little cocoa powder or melted chocolate could be so delicious together? I mean, who needs Halloween candy when you can make these wholesome bites in a little under an hour?

These little dark chocolate pumpkin bites are great for a little sweet after dinner snack or a bit of pre-workout energy.

Like any good snack, you want to incorporate a good balance of fiber (pumpkin and dates), protein (almonds), and fat (coconut oil and cocoa). Each bite is around only 85 calories and offers over 10% of your daily intake for Vitamins E and A. Plus, they are packed with cancer fighting antioxidants.

This recipe makes about one dozen 1″ bites. However, feel free to double or triple the recipe. I found that my food processor still had plenty of room for doubling the batch. Since you will have leftover canned pumpkin after making these bites, you may want to check out Jill’s great pumpkin recipe roundup. Personally, I love adding a bit of pumpkin puree to my oatmeal in the morning with a handful of walnuts and a bit of maple syrup. Mmm…

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bites

Yield: 1 dozen 1" bites

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Bites

These little dark chocolate pumpkin bites are great for a little sweet after dinner snack or a bit of pre-workout energy.

Ingredients

  • ~15 Pitted Dates
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Almonds
  • 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 Cup Canned Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 Cup Cocoa + Extra for Dusting

Instructions

  1. Place pitted dates in a large bowl and cover with warm water. Set aside to soak for 15-30 minutes.
  2. In a food processor, add the almonds and puree until they have reached an almond flour/meal consistency.
  3. Drain the dates and add to the almonds in the food processor along with the coconut oil, pumpkin puree and cocoa.
  4. Puree until a thick dough has formed. Use a tablespoon to scoop out the dough and roll into balls. Pour an extra 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa into a small bowl and roll the date bites in the cocoa to coat.
  5. Place finished bites on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the fridge to chill for 20-30 minutes or until firm and enjoy! Store bites in the fridge in a ziploc bag for up to 1 week or freeze to keep them longer. (Although, they didn't last long at my house!)
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Nutrition

5 Facts About Dark Chocolate

  • may reduce the risk of a heart attack
  • may decrease blood pressure
  • may improve arterial blood flow
  • full of antioxidants
  • high in vitamins and minerals

Source: Fit Day

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