Dates contain among other things, calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium, which are all essential for the body’s day to day functioning. Almonds are good for the brain, and peanut butter? Don’t get me started.
Healthy and dessert are two words that don’t often go hand in hand. Come to think of it they’re usually not even playing on the same team. So let’s celebrate the exceptions.
PEANUT BUTTER BITES // Makes about 16 small cookies
Recipe adapted from La Mesa
Because I know someone will be curious, I have not tried these with any other nut butter, but I suppose they’re pretty versatile. If I had cocoa nibs on hand they would be incredible here. I wouldn’t turn them down, but a peanut butter cookie is not my first choice. Peanut butter and chocolate however, makes more sense to my mouth. The sharp chocolate cuts through that unmistakable peanut richness and all is right. If you have cocoa nibs or want to add some finely chopped chocolate, I would guess a 1/4 cup will do and pulse it in with everything else.
1 cup almonds
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup pitted dates
heaping 1/2 cup peanut butter
two pinches of salt (if your pb isn’t salted)
In a food processor, pulse the almonds until a coarse meal forms. Add the vanilla, cinnamon, dates, peanut butter, and salt if using. Pulse everything together until they are generally uniform in color and texture. The mixture should stick together when pressed between your fingers. If it seems dry, add another Tbsp. of peanut butter.
Roll dough into scant tablespoon size balls. Press them down with a fork to make a cross hatch. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and keep chilled in the fridge.
Recipe and Photography via Sprouted Kitchen