I can pretty much guarantee that every few days hubby will appear in the kitchen to make an afternoon coffee and say (in a bit of a whiney way), “Have we got any delicious Paleo treat-like morsels to go with my coffee?” whilst looking aimlessly in the fridge. We don’t have them all the time, obviously, because then they wouldn’t be a treat, but when we do he looks quite excited by it all – so deprived! I must admit I really enjoy these nutty, chocolatey morsels, especially alongside an espresso, whilst sitting outside in the sun, enjoying the quiet – aaaaah.

 

MAKES 10ish

Ingredients

1 cup pecans
1 cup dried dates
¼ cup almond butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
3 tablespoons cocoa
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of flakey salt
1-2 tablespoons of cocoa nibs

 

TrayMethod

Toast the pecans lightly in a dry frying pan – toss them gently every few minutes until golden. Cool slightly and put them in a food processor and blend until crumbly.

Chop dates roughly and add them to the nuts a little at a time. Once combined, add in the rest of the ingredients, except cocoa nibs, and blend well.

Either roll in your hands to make balls – spoon a tablespoon into your hands and squash the mixture together to get the ball started, then roll in the cocoa nibs.

Or sprinkle the cocoa nibs into the bottom of silicone ice cube trays and press in a tablespoon of the mixture firmly with your fingers or the back of a spoon. Pop in the fridge for an hour or two before removing from the tray.

Store in the fridge and bring out at coffee time – yum!