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Tuesday
May082012

almond chocolate chia bites

Oh sweet.

My first food post this week and I bring you…

dirt?

Don’t worry.  The contents of this dirt-looking-food is actually cocoa powder, chia seed flour, medjool dates, and just a few other ingredients. 

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This tasty little treat was inspired by Chia Brownie Bites from the Twin Cakes Bakery.  This was included in the ridiculous bag of swag from the blogger retreat this past weekend.

These bites are to die for, as I suspect are the rest of their creations.  The twins’ ingredient lists are always stellar and the love + care that go into their recipes are clearly evident.

Like little bites of fudgy, chocolaty, deliciousness.  I was addicted upon first bite.

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While the ingredients are somewhat similar, my version are actually quite different in texture + flavor.  I was using the brownie bites as inspiration but not trying to replicate.  I’ve been experimenting with chia flour [ground chia seeds] and liking it more than ground flax.  It doesn’t leave the same strong, nutty flavor that flax tends to do.  It’s much easier to mask the light flavor of chia and requires less sweetener to taste sweet.

Or in this case no added sweetener, as the sweetness comes purely from dates.  They’re also packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats [like omega 3’s, from the chia seeds].

Chia flour is one of the easiest to make.  All you do is grind chia seeds in a coffee grinder, spice grinder, magic bullet, or high speed blender until flour-like.  I’m not sure if it will work in a food processor.

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Print this!

Almond Chocolate Chia Bites inspired by Chia Brownie Bites [yields ~18-20 bites]

gluten free/grain free/vegan

  • 1c chia flour
  • 10 medjool dates
  • 2.5T unrefined coconut oil, softened
  • 6T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1T chia seeds [optional]
  • 2T unsweetened coconut [optional]
  • 1/2t vanilla extract
  • 1/4t + 1/8t almond extract
  • 1/4t salt
  1. Process the pitted dates in your large food processor until a ball forms and the pieces are well ground.
  2. Add in your pre-ground chia flour, coconut oil, cocoa powder, almond extract, vanilla extract, and salt, and process until well combined.  About 20-30 seconds.
  3. The mixture will look crumbly, but should easily form into a ball when you press it together with your hands.
  4. If using, mix in extra chia seeds + coconut by hand.
  5. Form dough into balls or bars and store in a sealed container in the fridge.

notes: If you don’t want there to be a crunchy texture, leave out the extra chia seeds + coconut.  If you don’t have or don’t like almond extract or need this 100% nut free, add 1/2-1t cinnamon instead.  Medjool dates work best as does coconut oil.  The cheapest place I have found to order chia seeds is on amazon.  I buy 3lbs at a time, which last quite awhile.

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Sweet + chocolaty + totally snackable.

Enjoy!

Ashley

-- I posted 5 sets of photos trying on 5 different Warby Parker frames over on my facebook page.  Join in the fun telling me what you think.  The responses are cracking me up.  I am looking for something a little different than my “play it safe” style but am not sure I found it just yet.  You are allowed to order 5 at a time [for free!] to try on, and I may be ordering 5 more. :)

Reader Comments (29)

Pleease come be my personal chef? You can come live in LA with me! Good. It's decided. I'll have my people call you people. We'll do lunch.


Ashley--> You are too funny Kelly!
These look so cute and portable! I love that their tiny -- that sort of gives you pause to stop and savor and enjoy, rather than to eat it without much thought like a more "traditional sized" brownie. And no sugar? Fantastic.
May 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlauren@spicedplate
These sound absolutely fantastic! I'm in love!
So glad you made these. I've already eaten my Chia Brownie Bites and I'm going through withdrawals! :)
Yummers!! I have been packing, cleaning and moving this last week and did not think to have extra snacks made up and now that I'm pooped out from a crazy week I would love nothing better the na simple, healthy treat like this,,,thanks<3
May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn
These sound so easy to make, they also look very cute and healthy, a very nice snack or dessert in my opinion!!
yum! I never thought to make "chia flour" from ground chia seeds, can't wait to try this.


Ashley--> I just started using it recently and playing around with subbing this instead of flax in vegan recipes. I hope to post more recipes with it soon!
These look delicious Ashley. I love the Pure 2 Raw treats so I'm sure I would like these. They remind me of a recipe I make called heady goo balls. :)
May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany
ooooh, must try these! those brownie bites were gone in like 10 seconds once i got home. not kidding.


Ashley--> Mine too!!!
May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
I enjoy your recipes so much I probably would give something a try even if it did call for dirt! I'm thinking my kids would devour these...can't wait to try them.


Ashley--> I hope your kids love them!
May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNiki
I'm so glad you posted this- you must have been reading my mind! I broke into my bag one last night and had one of those little guys after dinner. They are SO good- and of course I thought "how can I make those?" Glad you did the work for me. :)


Ashley--> Uh, yeah, they are addicting! The Pure2Raw version is more fudge-like and decadent. These are more similar to the larabar texture. Hope you like them!
do you make chia flour by simply grinding chia seeds in the food processor?


Ashley--> I mentioned in the post that a blender, magic bullet, coffee grinder, or spice grinder will work but I am not sure about the food processor. Most likely yes! :)
May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
What a great little treat!
May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaria
I love this idea, it looks amazing!!
these looks SO good. is chia flour just ground up chia seeds?


Ashley--> Yes, just ground chia! I detailed how to grind it in the post. So easy!! :)
May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy
I was just wondering what kind of healthy treat I should make, and these look perfect! I love using dates as a sweetener, and you can't go wrong with chocolate!
May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
These bites look fantastic, I love almonds and chocolate and am looking for good portable snack, so these are perfect :)
these look and sounds fantastic! so glad to hear that you enjoyed our chia brownie bite, that makes us so happy :) and honored!!! and love your creation, and love that you are enjoying chia flour as well!


Ashley--> Love you ladies!
May 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw Twins
I finally made your Cocoa Coconut Energy Balls this weekend. Not sure why it took me so long. Delicious. This might be my afternoon, pre-workout snack next week! :)


Ashley--> These are somewhat similar but a fun twist with the chia flour. Glad you liked them!
May 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer
A question - what measurement is meant by T? Teaspoons/Tablespoons?

Thank you


Ashley--> Hi, Anna! T = tablespoon and t = teaspoon Here's a list of common cooking abbreviations: http://www.whattocook.com/tips/abbreviations.html Sorry for the confusion! :)
May 10, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranna
Yum those look tasty!!!
PS. the link for the Warby Parker goes to a google search for chia seeds instead! ;)


Ashley--> Oops!! Thanks for the heads up! haha
May 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKrista
Hi Ashley, thanks for this awesome receipe. Just wanted to ask what your thoughts were on substituting the dates for prunes?
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy
@Sandy - Hmmm, the only thing I'm thinking is that the prunes are quite a bit softer than dates and a bit more potent, flavor wise. I bet you could get it to work but may need to use less prunes or more ground almonds. Can't guarantee they'll taste quite as good! :)
August 21, 2012 | Registered CommenterAshley
Great advice, thanks Ashley! I have a big bag of them Im trying to use up at the moment hahah. Will give it a go..fingers crossed : )
August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy
Tried making the flour in my cuisinart and ran it long enough to nearly melt the machine, but the seeds were just too small. I made the recipe anyway, and this could not form into balls. It's the oat delicious dirt I've ever had though!
February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Kus
@Lisa - Thanks for the feedback, Lisa! Good to know for sure about the food processor. I was thinking it wouldn't work, as I've had the best luck processing flours in my blender and coffee grinder. For getting them to hold together, processing the dates until a very sticky ball forms is key. Also, making sure you're using medjool dates is also important and sometimes depending on the size you may need an extra 1-2 to get the mixture to hold. Just a few tips that can sometimes be helpful for recipes like this! :) Glad it still tasted great! Definitely yummy sprinkled on oatmeal and yogurt! :) Take care!
February 15, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
So you have to use madjool dates? Regular dates wouldn't work?
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol
@Carol - There are numerous types of dates, so I'm not sure which you're referring to when you say "regular dates." Medjool dates work the best for recipes like this because they are very plump + sticky! :)
August 24, 2013 | Registered CommenterAshley
Thanks Ashley. Sorry about the typo (medjool - not madjool). What I meant by "regular dates" is the pitted ones you find in the grocery store next to the raisins. Those wouldn't work? The medjool ones I saw we're quite pricey.
August 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarol

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