Raw Bliss Bites – No Bake
With Date Paste
By Susan Arruda
YIELD: 30 servings
Prepared date paste/mixture:
1¼ cup (approx. 285g) roughly chopped, pitted dates* – rough chopping helps to ensure there are no surprise pits
½ cup water
1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice (you can also grate 1-2 tsp. of zest into the mix)
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract/essence
Bring all ingredients, except the vanilla, to a boil in a small, covered saucepan. Mash the dates using a potato masher or dough in the saucepan until pureed and smooth. Lower heat and simmer uncovered until consistency is paste like; thick, yet still creamy when stirred. – Remove from heat, add the vanilla and allow cooling.
Date Mixture YIELDs: 2 servings of 1/3 cup (75 ml) – Filling can be used for date squares and other baked recipes, or added to top muffins, cookie sandwich or topper, etc…
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots or dried mango
¼ cup hot or boiling water
Combine the above for a few minutes until softened
3 tbsp. of chia seeds soaked in 3 tbsp. of warm or boiling water & set aside
2 cups shredded, unsweetened coconut (we used: Let’s Do Organic brand- Reduced Fat)
½ cup almonds
½ cup raisins*
½ cup of goji berries*
¼ tsp. ground cardamom or cinnamon
Combine the coconut, almonds, in the above list together in a food processor until sticky. Add the dried apricots with the liquid and chia mixture and blend together in the food processor.
Remove the mixture into a bowl and add 1/3 cup of the date paste mixture. Blend together using a fork.
Store the leftover date paste mixture in a sealed container (keeps well) & use as a natural sweetener or a future batch of bliss bites!
Optional: add 1-2 tbsp. cacao nibs or chopped dark chocolate, and if desired/available, Lucuma Powder (a superfruit with a maple and citrus flavor, rich in fiber, potassium and other nutrients)
Shape into balls with clean hands. Sprinkle with a light dusting of coconut or date sugar, if desired. Refrigerate until firm.
* Using organic dried fruit ensures there are no sulphites and preservatives added.
Date Paste Nutrition Info:
Each Raw Bliss Bite contains 77 calories each with added date paste ingredient