Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Egg-Free Paleo Almond Butter Bites

My goal when crafted these healthy goodies for my family nutrition business was to come up with a snack totally sweetened with dates. I create recipes for many with allergies, so wanted to keep them not only grain and dairy-free, but eggless as well.

I didn't quite know what to call the results, as they're a little denser than a muffin (yet I baked them up in mini muffin cups). I think they'd also work well baked in a single pan and cut into bars, so I decided to term them "bites."

If you don't have issues with egg, simply omit the ground flax and water and replace with a beaten egg. For a nut-free version you could try sunflower seed butter, but then I would skip the baking soda so you don't wind up with green bites!

My kids really liked these, even without the sprinkling of Enjoy Life chips I scatted on a couple. They have the perfect amount of sweetness and have a nice texture.

Egg-Free Paleo Almond Butter Bites

3/4 cup Medjool dates (pitted)
1 cup raw almond butter
1/2 cup natural applesauce
1 tbs. ground flax mixed with 3 tbs. water
1 tbs. melted coconut oil
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 350.

Run dates through food processor until they are pretty well chopped. Add in almond butter and applesauce and process again, scraping down the sides. It will likely take a couple of minutes to really break down the dates and get a smooth result.

Add all remaining ingredients to food processor and mix until smooth.

Divide mixture between greased mini muffin cups, or pour into an 8x8 pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes (if making mini muffins) or 25-30 (for pan), or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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