Chocolate + peanut butter = awesome
Chocolate + caramel = awesome
Chocolate + sea salt = awesome
Chocolate +…just about anything = awesome!
I recently wrote about my favorite chocolate place in Baltimore, which features combinations of chocolate most of us would never think of that happen to taste aaaamazing.
In the spirit of yummy chocolate treats, today’s recipe features chocolate + cherries, another winning food combo that doesn’t get enough love.
Bill and I have been making that smoothie a lot lately for breakfast, and the flavors in it inspired today’s recipe for chewy cherry chocolate brownie bites.
Several ingredients in these brownie bites are anti-inflammatory, health boosting and super satisfying, including almonds, walnuts, and cacao powder. Those three foods also made my Top 11 Sweet Treat Staples pantry list.
Cherries are known for their inflammation-fighting, antioxidant-rich properties, and their tart flavor works really well with the slight bitterness from the chocolate and the sweetness from the dates.
My friends and coworkers, Michela and Jillian, were all over these when I brought them to a party last week. Jillian called them Cherry Bombs, which is pretty appropriate since they are like an explosion of flavor! 🙂
Yield: 20-24 bites
- 1/4 cup raw cacao nibs
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted (about 10-12 dates)
- 3/4 cup dried bing cherries, unsweetened (Trader Joe’s sells these cheapest)
- 1/3 cup almond butter
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt + a pinch
- In a food processor fitted with the “s” blade or a coffee grinder, process the cacao nibs until they are broken into smaller pieces. Set them aside.
- Put the almonds and walnuts in the food processor and process until finely ground, about 45 seconds.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and process until the mixture becomes sticky – about 2 minutes.
- Form into balls about 1 inch in diameter, and roll them in the crushed cacao nibs for some crunch! Store them in the fridge. They taste even better after they’ve had a chance to sit for a couple of hours, so all the flavors can meld.