These may be the healthiest, hippie-est food related thing to ever be compared to a “tootsie roll”, but I went there.
The development of this recipe was super high-tech ;). I wanted to create an energizing snack bite using oats so I threw some in the bowl of my food processor and opened the fridge. Always looking to rotate small amounts of nuts in my diet for their nutrient-packed-punch and satiating capabilities, I grabbed the jar of hazelnut flour from the top shelf shelf and added a half cup to the bowl. Raw cacao powder is a current snack ball necessity of mine, so in went a few tablespoons. Next, the vanilla bean seeds on the baking shelf below, because I don’t believe chocolate tastes as flavorful without a little vanilla.
I gave the dry ingredients a spin in the food processor, turned it off, and opened my fridge again to peer down the bottom shelf on my door, which is packed with a variety of organic dried fruits. I knew I was craving dried black mission figs, but their dryness never yields a very tasty snack ball. So I grabbed the bag of figs along with the jar of medjool dates for moisture. I decided I’d pair them together in these bites for a chocolate-hazelnut-fig-and-date kind of ball thing. Little did I know this magic combination would yield me a healthy snack which tasted suspiciously like my favorite childhood candy – tootsie rolls!
Why did I bring them to you here? I’m a very reaction-driven person. I feed off of what others say, how they feel, what gets them excited. So when I posted about these bites in my stories on Instagram and my direct messages inbox exploded, I noted to share these with you ASAP. I’m all about those reactions! When I do receive them from you it positively makes my day/week/month. You are what fuel my work here, and I am indescribably thankful for you. It nearly knocks me over whenever I see one of you make a recipe of mine, whether you write me in a comment here or share a photo on social media. Like WHAT. You trusted me?! It makes my stomach flip every time, thank you sweet people for being apart of this FW community here with me, I’m over the moon about you all. The point of this paragraph was to convey if you like something (or don’t), let me know, if you are interested in hearing more about something, let me know, basically just let me know.
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CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT “TOOTSIE ROLL” BITES
Makes about 26 bites.
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup hazelnut flour (or 1/3 cup whole hazelnuts)
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla bean seeds
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
3/4 cup (packed) pitted medjool dates
1/2 cup (packed) dried black mission figs
Add the oats, hazelnut flour, vanilla bean seeds, and cacao powder to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the oats have blended quite a bit with the rest to form a coarse meal. Add the dates and figs, making sure to pit the dates and trim the stems from the dried figs before measuring. Turn the processor on and let it run for a bit, holding it at the beginning because the dried fruit will make it want to shake and dance all over the counter.
The dough should form a sticky swirling ball in the processor bowl, if after a minute it does not, add another pitted date and fig (one at a time) until it comes together. I used a 1.5 tablespoon cookie scoop to measure out my balls, and then sliced them in half to roll my smaller bites pictured above. This yielded 25 bites for me, but measure and roll as you please!
Store in an airtight container in the fridge, should last for at least two weeks. But I promise they will be gone before then ;).
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