When it’s a scorching hot day and you’re longing for a sweet but healthy treat that doesn’t require turning on the oven, you can’t go wrong with these perfect nutty, crunchy, creamy, dairy- and gluten-free bites.
About 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
1 cup almond flour
3 heaped spoonfuls crushed dates or date spread/filling
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder
2-3 heaped spoonfuls of your favorite peanut butter
A tiny drop of brandy, cognac, or liqueur (optional)
Shredded dry coconut for rolling
Mix everything together until you get a pliable mass you can easily roll into little balls. You may need to add a little more almond flour. Roll each ball in shredded coconut, place on a tray, and chill or freeze. These can keep in the freezer indefinitely (though they’ll disappear quickly!) and defrost in minutes.
I love how versatile this recipe is. You can substitute walnuts for cashews or pistachios, omit cocoa, add more sweetener, and, of course, double the amount! The recipe above makes about 20 bites that will go perfectly with iced coffee. Enjoy!