In another lifetime I worked in college athletics and I also had a little side hustle with a baking business. Specifically cake pops. This was 2011 when they were all the rage and had become incredibly popular so it was the perfect time to take advantage of that.
My co-workers benefited from the cake pops I would make and I kept them in a pretty steady supply of cake pops. They would even hide them from one another to make sure they got as many as they wanted. It was kind of hilarious to see.
So between the cake pops and the insanity of working in college athletics I lived a pretty unhealthy lifestyle. Okay not pretty unhealthy. Really unhealthy. Looking back I have no idea how I lived like that. I essentially lived off fast food and obviously a whole lot of baked goods.
My what a difference five years makes. One of my dearest friends (and former co-workers) joked the other day and asked why I couldn’t cook like this back when we worked together. Oh if only.
These days I’ve swapped cake balls for date and nut balls and while I still love me some baked goods I obviously learned that constant cake balls aren’t sustainable for your health. These mint chocolate bites on the other hand are full of whole foods, naturally sweetened, and still insanely delicious. They aren’t candy they are food!
Obviously if you had told me five years earlier that I would be mixing dates and nuts into balls instead of butter and sugar then I may have looked at you like you were crazy but I’m so thankful I’ve had this change of lifestyle.
I love these bites for an afternoon snack or just when I’m craving something chocolaty and sweet. Then there’s the added boost with the mint flavoring that takes them to the next level. I mean I’m not saying they can take the place of thin mints but if you like thin mints then you will love these!
Mint Chocolate Bites (Vegan + Gluten Free)
- 1 cup dates pitted
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/3 cup cacoa powder
- 3 tbsp almond butter
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil optional
In a food processor add your date and process until they form together in a ball.
Remove dates and add almonds. Pulse until they are finely chopped.
Add in dates, cacao powder, almond butter, peppermint, and coconut oil if you’re using it.
Pulse the mixture until everything is all combined and the mixture is like a dough.
Put in the refrigerator for about 10-20 minutes to chill before scooping into tbsp. size balls. Roll gently in your hands until balls are formed.
Store in the refrigerator for about a week or in the freezer for 1-2 months.