Can you guess the theme of this month’s Recipe Redux? Ana gave it away, didn’t she? Chocolate is definitely something I cannot live without. There are so many flavors that you can pair with chocolate: raspberries, strawberries, coffee, caramel, and even beer and wine. S’mores was my favorite childhood dessert. Who doesn’t love melted marshmallows and chocolate smashed between two crispy graham crackers? Seeing that we all know that recipe, I moved on to something different.
I was inspired by a recipe that I shared from The Veggie Queen in my 14 Days of Chocolate Series. I then started drooling over Gimme Some Oven’s Energy Bites. So I decided to marry the two delicious recipes because they each had components I loved about them. When I say, love, I mean it. Chocolate, coffee, peanut butter, and oatmeal are all on the very top of my food chain. All of them have their great attributes separately but when I put them together, it makes me super happy. So let’s break this down.
Oh, how I love coffee! Coffee also enhances the flavor of chocolate. I use it in almost all my chocolate recipes.
If I was stranded on a desert island and they said I could only have 1 thing, I would pick peanut butter. My blood type is Pb in case you are wondering.
And then we have chocolate….
If you don’t, then you need to try this recipe.
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup brewed coffee
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter
- 4 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1 Tablespoon ground chia seed
- 1 cup old fashioned gluten free oatmeal
- Optional coatings: coconut flakes, cocoa powder
- Place dates in a bowl and pour coffee over them.
- Soak for 1-2 hours.
- With a slotted spoon, remove soaked dates from bowl and place in food processor. (You will have some liquid remaining in the bowl.)
- Blend until smooth.
- Add peanut butter, cocoa, flax and chia and blend until thoroughly combined.
- Place mixture in a bowl and fold in oatmeal until combined.
- Place mixture in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour.
- Once chilled, roll 1 inch round balls with your hands.
- Roll in optional coatings if desired.
- Place back in the fridge until ready to serve.