Like most people I usually need (okay, want) a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Trouble is, it’s normally something sweet I’m after. But, ever conscious of my health, I don’t want to indulge in chocolate everyday – and my hips tend to agree. In order to satiate these urges I go in for treats of the raw variety. Not only are they a much better alternative to a calorific “choccie” bar but they also taste unbelievably good. These nibbles do contain nuts you wouldn’t know it, as they are pretty sweet and uber chocolatey; just the way I like it.
Aside from their appeal in the taste department, the absolute best thing about these babies has to be how ridiculously easy they are to make. The only piece of equipment you’ll need is a food processor or blender and you’re good to go. This is a throw together kinda dish. There is a teeny bit of fiddling in the shaping of them but other than that they could not be simpler.
I’ve shaped the Mint Chocolate Nibbles into half moon shapes, like little domes, but in the past I’ve just rolled them into balls so if that’s easier for you then do that, no worries – I’m about solving problems not creating ‘em. Do make sure you purchase a good quality peppermint extract that is suitable for vegans, as the cheap stuff will basically ruin the overall taste and that would be a travesty, my friends.
Servings: Makes 10 or 11 nibbles
1/2 cup halved deglet noor or medjool dates
1/2 cup pecans
2 tbsp raw cacao powder(you can also use regular cocoa powder)
1 tsp high-quality peppermint extract
A handful of cacao nibs
Photo: Aine Carlin