These little mock brownie bites are a chocolatier take-off of my energy bites. I wanted to make these taste a bit more brownie-like but avoiding the bad fats and calories associated with regular brownies. Plus, these are bite-sized and perfect for kids after-school snacks or for their lunches. I topped these with a dash of sea salt and they are in one word… heavenly! Perfect at room temperature or frozen.
1 c almonds, toasted
16 pitted Medjool dates, pitted
4 tbl of good quality cocoa
3 tbl of dark chocolate chips (optional)
1 tablespoon of agave or honey
1/8th tsp of salt
8 ounces of dark chocolate to melt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the almonds on a cookie sheet and bake for 6 minutes. Add the almonds to your processor and blend until you have fine chunks of almond. Then add the next ingredients through the 1/8th tsp of salt to your food processor and blend until a large mass forms. Break it up and process again until it it is well blended. Form into bite size balls (using a scoop) and place on a platter.
Over a double boiler, melt the dark chocolate. Once completely melted, drop a bite into the chocolate and coat. Remove with a fork, allowing the chocolate excess to drain back into the bowl. Place on the platter and sprinkle with a touch of sea salt. Repeat.
Freeze for 30 minutes until the chocolate firms. Serve and enjoy!