I am constantly making changes in my diet for the better. It’s a learning experience and a life change that is gradual. This year I have significantly reduced sugar from my diet. It’s been a while since I’ve baked a dessert with flour, butter or sugar. Instead, I’ve been experimenting with raw desserts and have discovered many creative ways to make delicious sweets that will do my body good!
My favorite part about preparing raw desserts is that there is no baking involved. You can adjust the flavors to your liking since the ingredients are all edible. You also don’t have to wait very long to enjoy them because all you need is some fridge or freezer time. Best of all, you don’t feel as guilty when you eat them since you are consuming nutritious calories.
Even though raw desserts are a healthier alternative to traditional sweets you can still pack on pounds if you don’t eat them in moderation. These Banana Nut Fudge Bites are just the right size to satisfy your sweet fix. I have tasted many raw desserts in the last several months and I personally have loved them all, however this creation tastes like a typical chocolate dessert. Nobody would know it’s a raw dessert if you didn’t tell them. This will give you an opportunity to challenge your taste testers!
This recipe combination is a win win because I’m a sucker for nuts, chocolate and bananas. For those of you on the same page, you will fall in love, smile and enjoy every bite! Before you get started, I suggest having a second person help you with the task of coating the fudge bites with the chopped walnuts. The consistency of the mixture is a bit sticky and it makes it much easier to have a helping hand. Enjoy!
Banana Nut Fudge Bites
You will experience pure satisfaction with these delectable and fun to eat treats. The best part is they are made with raw nutritious ingredients!
2 cups Raw Whole Unsalted Almonds
1 cup Raw Cacao Powder
1 large Ripe Banana, mashed (about ½ cup)
2 teaspoons Pure Maple Syrup
¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
¼ teaspoon Raw Vanilla Powder (Raw Vanilla Bean may be substituted to taste)
2 cups Good Quality Dates, pitted (Medjool Recommended)
1 ¼ cup finely chopped Raw Unsalted Walnuts
Place chopped walnuts in a medium bowl and set aside.
Pulse almonds in a food processor until finely ground. Add cacao, mashed banana, pure maple syrup, sea salt, vanilla and pulse. Gradually add the dates in small amounts while machine is running and mix until well combined. The consistency should be sticky, if needed add more dates.
Form mixture into 1-inch round balls using the palms of your hands, one by one place into the bowl of walnuts and have a second person gently coat with walnuts on all sides then place in a large sealable container lined with parchment paper. Continue this process with remaining mixture. Layer with additional parchment paper as needed. When complete seal container and freeze until cold. Store in the freezer and serve as needed.
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