An easy homemade treat, a mixture of dates and your choice of nut butter dipped in chocolate make for a nice sweet bite. Don’t forget the flaky sea salt to sprinkle on top!
Every blog needs a niche. Or so they say. My niche is…well, I’m not sure. I’ve never been sure.
I started off baking (not very well, I might add), which led me to cooking, and now I make whatever I want with seemingly no rhyme or reason beyond what sounds good to me at the time.
What can I say? I do what I want. I always have. It’s probably caused someproblems. But hey, here I am, nearly seven years (seven years!) in to blogging wondering about my niche.
What is my niche? I’ve never known. I feared I didn’t have one.
I recently asked a friend and fellow blogger just this question, “What is my niche?” The importance of having a niche had come up in earlier conversation, and I was as lost as ever. She thought about it as we took our seats for a show, and after the show, she surprised me.
“I know what your niche is,” she said. “It’s comfort food. Not like the food you eat when it’s cold or rainy but food that makes you feel comforted. You only cook or bake what makes you feel happy.”
Yes. I haven’t been able to pinpoint that in seven years, but here she was able to distill my blog’s essence in an hour and seven minutes. I share what makes me happy. Food that tastes good and looks good brings me great joy.
Like these sweet bites of dates and peanut butter dipped in chocolate. They are the perfect bite to satiate my sweet tooth after dinner.
I thought this was a well-known recipe – an Internet classic if you will – but when I mentioned them to a few foodie friends, they had no idea what I was talking about.
So, I decided to share this old favorite. With just six ingredients, this simple recipe is easy to pull together and keeps in the freezer for weeks. Add it to your meal prep rotation to make sure you are never without something sweet. Enjoy!
Date and Nut Butter Sweet Bites
Yield 36 small candies
7 ounces (approximately 6) Medjool dates
2 teaspoons nut butter of your choice (peanut, almond, etc.)
1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon coconut oil
flaky sea salt, for sprinkling
- Process the pitted dates in a food processor until somewhat smooth.
- Add the nut butter and sea salt and process until combined. The mixture will resemble a sticky paste.
- Transfer the date and nut butter mixture to a different bowl and place in the freezer to chill for 10 minutes.
- Scoop rounded teaspoons of the mixture, form into small balls, and place on a small cookie sheet or plate. You may want to coat your fingers with non-stick cooking spray to help cut down on the stickiness of this step.
- Place the small balls you formed in the freezer to firm up while you make the chocolate coating.
- In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate and coconut oil, stirring until smooth. You can also use the microwave, heating in 30-second increments, if you prefer.
- Dip each ball in the melted chocolate, use a fork to coat, and then tap or shake off the excess.
- Place the chocolate-dipped balls on a silicone mat or piece of parchment and sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
- Store in the refrigerator or freezer and enjoy them chilled.
Never underestimate the heat that a bowl of chocolate you heat in the microwave retains. After 30 seconds, you might think the chocolate has not melted at all, but give it a good stir, and you will see that it has. Be gentle with the heat so you don't burn the chocolate.
Here are a couple of other recipe ideas you can make with dates: