In just a couple days, S and I devoured all the Apricot Buckwheat Bites I made earlier this week. I’m surprised they lasted longer than a day, to be honest!
“Mmm. I really like these,” S said when he tried the first one. And then, a few bites later, “You should make a chocolate version.”
A chocolate version. Once the idea was in my head, it wouldn’t leave. I had to make it happen.
Chocolate-Hazelnut Buckwheat Bites
Makes 25 balls about 1.25″ in diameter
- 1 C raw hazelnuts
- 1/4 C raw buckwheat groats
- 18-20 raw Medjool dates
- 2 T raw shelled hemp seeds
- 1/3 C chocolate chips
- 1 T maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
Add the hazelnuts, buckwheat groats, the hemp seeds, and about 15 dates to a food processor and process until well combined. Add the chocolate chips, maple syrup, and sea salt and process for 10-15 seconds. Check the mixture—if it’s not holding together at all, add a few dates, process, and check again. Add more dates if necessary until the mixture is sticky but holds together.
Using your hands, roll the mixture into balls about 1.25″ in diameter. Store in the refrigerator for best results.
Between the chocolate chips and the crunchy buckwheat, these little bites taste more like candy than anything else. But five balls give you 20% of your daily value of iron, along with 9 grams of protein, 7% of your daily value of calcium, and a decent dose of fiber. Sweet!