Salted Caramel Pecan Bliss Bites

Posted: March 26, 2013 in Recipes
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These little bites are so sweet and satisfying, yet are made with only whole foods and no added sugar. What more could you want out of a snack?

Ingredients
  • 20 big, soft dates, pitted
  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Preparation
1. Preheat oven to 170°C.
2. Place the coconut on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper to toast in the oven. Coconut will take only 2-3 minutes to toast, so keep a close eye. When the color starts to change and you can smell that sweet coconut smell, it’s toasted. Remove it from the oven and set aside. Now toast the pecans the same way. They will take longer — more like 10 minutes. Check and stir often to prevent burning.
3. Once the pecans are toasted, place them in a blender or food processor and blend until they’re ground into small bits. Remove from the blender and place 1/2 cup of the pecans in a large bowl, reserving 1/4 cup of the ground pecans in a small bowl to roll the balls in later.
4. Now place the pitted dates, vanilla and sea salt in a blender or food processor and blend until you have date paste (smooth and creamy). You may need to stop the blender a few times and stir things up and restart to make this happen. Remove the date paste, spooning it into the large bowl with the 1/2 cup of pecans. Add the hemp seeds, vanilla, sea salt and toasted coconut and mix everything together with your hands until it’s all well mixed.
5. Roll a small amount into a ball in your hands and then roll the ball in the reserved pecans. Continue until you have a plate full of bliss bites. These scrumptious morsels can be eaten at room temperature or refrigerated for a slightly firmer texture.
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