It seems like forever ago and yesterday all at once that I was living all by my lonesome in a bachelor apartment with it's teeny kitchen, midtown Toronto. It all started with a whimish desire to concoct a "healthy cookie" recipe to bring to a BBQ. As I recall, the result was a banana chocolate chip bread kind of deal that was actually pretty delicious. The relative success I found in experimenting with random concoctions resulted in a "cookie" quite similar to this recipe. While truthfully, I never made the exact same recipe twice, the general result became my standing contribution to most gatherings and eventually dubbed "becca's bites". At one point my BFF and I even baked and packaged about 500 of them for a corporate wellness program she was organizing though her position at the health club where we both worked at the time. Up until that point I had gotten so much positive feedback and encouragement towards conjuring up a little baking side business, that I was considering the idea. While I was grateful for this, it only too that one bakeathon to assure us both that this was more likely something I would be happier continuing on a per dinner invite basis...
It's been a long time since I've whipped up a batch of those old school becca's bites. These days I'm in simplification mode. Back then we also hand chopped everything as we didn't have a food processor. These days I have a dynamite one (the ninja...) which I throw everything in :) So quick, so easy...
...seriously, these little bites of nutritional deliciousness take no time at all to whip up and are just as well received as the origional. I suppose those cherished friends of mine from back in the big smoke might call them the next generation of becca's bites.
Simplified... right down to the name ;) Here you go!
~8 medjool dates pitted
~1.5 cups of nuts (I used almonds, walnuts and pistachios, 1/2 cup of each)
~1/4 cup of rice syrup (maple syrup or honey would do as well)
~1/4 cup nut butter of choice (I used almond)
~2 tbsp raw cacao nibs (or chocolate/carob chips)
~1 tsp vanilla
~Coarsely chop pitted dates and nuts (30-60 seconds or until mixture is sticky with dates being sufficiently chopped. You may want to try chopping the dates first and then adding nuts.)
~Add syrup, nut butter, vanilla and blend 30-60 seconds or until nice and sticky.
~Add cacao nibs or chocolate/carob and pulse to mix.
~Scoop mixture and shape into desired size balls, placing on parchment paper. I use my pampered chef cookie scoop which gives me the perfect size for my liking and makes for quick work :)
~Place in fridge to chill for about an hour then transfer to air tight container. I tend to keep them in the fridge for consistency's sake. They are also find kept at room temp or in the freezer. Up to you!
Obviously there is lots of room to play with your own personal preference, as well as to mix things up based on what you've got on hand. There are so so so quick and easy and always a big hit. That said I figured it was about time to keep track of my measurements and write a quick post to share. They make a great breakfast on the go, simple and nutritious pre or post workout snack, or healthy desert.
Holy versatile and delicious!! ;)
Would love to hear your own version or favourite go to no bake treat!
Happy snack sharing!