cocoa date fudge bites

Hello everyone! I’m sharing this new recipe post with you this morning, as I head off to the second part of my Kundalini Yoga teacher training course. I’ll be away from now until Monday evening with limited internet connection! I’m really looking forward to it.

On the first part of our teacher training, we were given the most delicious chocolate covered dates as treats in the evenings. They tasted so incredible. I just love the combination of rich, dark chocolate and the gooey, sweetness of dates. It’s amazing. And, as I was thinking about this delicious treat over the week, I decided that I would create a new chocolate-date recipe to share with you on here.

As I continue my obsession with energy bite recipes (which you can see in these tasty recipe posts here, here, and here), I chose to make these new chocolate date treats in a similar style to them. The ingredients I used were inspired by the fudgy base that I made in my chocolate truffle tart recipe too. To make these, I used a combination of dates, cocoa powder, cashews, vanilla and salt. Then, I blitzed them for about 20 seconds on the 8th speed setting of my new Froothie Optimum G2.1 Blender, which was very kindly gifted to me by the brand – as I am now an ambassador for them!

froothie optimum g2.1 blender

This blender is absolutely incredible, and I’ve never used such a powerful kitchen appliance. I couldn’t believe how quickly it broke all of the ingredients I used in this recipe, down into such a smooth, fudgy mixture! It was amazing! I am so in love with this machine. I can’t stop using it!

After the date mixture was ready, I removed it from the blender and pressed it into 8 balls. Then, I moved them into the freezer to cool, whilst I made the chocolate coating. I love making my own chocolate from scratch, so I decided that I would make the chocolate coating by hand for this recipe – but if you don’t have the ingredients to do so, then you could definitely just coat the fudge bites with store-bought dark chocolate.

To measure out the maple syrup for my chocolate recipe, I used OXO Good Grips smallest sized Squeeze & Pour Silicone Measuring Cup. The cups are so useful, and show the measurement sizes in cups, ml and oz! The smallest sized cup was perfect for this recipe, as it allowed me to precisely measure out a small amount of maple syrup. They’re also microwave proof, and flexible – which makes them ideal for pouring things like dark chocolate!

OXO Squeeze & Pour Measuring Cup Set

When I’d measured out the ingredients for the chocolate recipe, I quickly melted them together in a pan on a medium heat, and then set the mixture aside to cool briefly. Then, I removed the bites from the freezer, and coated them in a layer of chocolate twice, before scattering them with some cacao nibs to serve. They make such a delicious treat, and are perfect for those of you who also love the combination of dates and chocolate! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

cocoa date fudge bites

makes about 8 bites

ingredients

for the bites:
200g medjool dates (about 11)

1/3 cup (70g) cocoa powder

1/3 cup (45g) cashew nuts

1/4 tsp vanilla powder

pinch salt

for the chocolate coating:
1/3 cup (70g) cocoa powder

5 tbsp cocoa butter

4 tbsp tianas cooking coconut butter

30 ml (3 tbsp) maple syrup

pinch salt

method

  1. Firstly, make the bites. Add the dates, cocoa powder, cashews, salt and vanilla into a strong blender/food processor. I used my Froothie Optimum G2.1 Blender. Blitz the ingredients together until they have broken down into a smooth, fudgy consistency. I pulsed my blender on speed 8 for about 20 seconds.
  2. When this is done, remove the mixture from your blender and place it onto a plate. Then, press the mixture into about 8 balls and move them into the freezer to cool.
  3. Next, make the chocolate. Add the cocoa butter and coconut butter into a pan and place it onto a low-medium heat. Stir it together until it has melted. Then, add in the cocoa powder, vanilla and salt. Stir together until it’s smooth. When this is done, remove it from the heat and stir in the maple syrup until it has mixed in with the other ingredients. Then, set the chocolate aside to cool briefly.
  4. Now, remove the fudge bites from the freezer. Dip and coat each one in a layer of chocolate, before placing them back onto the plate. Then, move them back into the freezer to set for about 15 minutes. In the meantime, place the chocolate somewhere warm so that it doesn’t set. When 15 minutes has passed, remove the bites from the freezer and coat them in another layer of chocolate. Then, place them back into the freezer for another 15 minutes.
  5. When the bites have been in the freezer for 15 minutes, remove them and drizzle them with the last remaining amount of chocolate to decorate. You can also top them with some cacao nibs to finish. When this is done, place them back in the freezer for 10 minutes or so to set. Then, remove them from the freezer, allow them to soften, and serve. Store them in the fridge between servings.

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27 thoughts on “cocoa date fudge bites

  1. Kundalini Yoga teacher training course must be so much fun! And these cocoa fudge bites look scrumptious, Harriet! And this blender looks indeed incredible! Have a lovely weekend! 🙂

    1. I love it! thank you so much!

  2. I love my froothie blender. It’s so powerful and that is nothing that I have found that it can’t blend.
    I just want to reach through the screen and eat these too.

    1. It’s so amazing!!! Thank you!

  3. Chocolate covered bites!? Well these just win!!! You had me drooling over your instagram sneak peek yesterday! Haha!

  4. Love these date bites! I’ve been obsessed with dates lately. 🙂

  5. These cocoa fudge bites look incredible, Harriet. Love just how dark and beautiful they are.

  6. These look like heavenly little bites, you can’t beat dates + chocolate <3 And so many fun new kitchen gadgets too, congrats on the new blender! I hope your 4 days of teacher training are fun and peaceful and educational and wonderful!

    1. Thank you so much Natalie! <3

  7. Chocolate and dates are a match made in heaven! They compliment each other so nicely!

    1. Definitely! Thank you!

  8. I practice dru yoga & I love that you are learning to teach Kundalini, another of my favourite styles. These little date bites look delicious too – the perfect sweet pick-me-up!

    1. I haven’t tried that before! I’m going to look it up 🙂 thank you so much Thalia!

  9. Oh yuuum, chocolate and dates is such a perfect combo. I saw a recipe for medjool dates stuffed with a piece of chocolate and then oven roasted to get all hot and gooey – so yours are another version to add to the list! x

    1. Thank you so much! Wow that sounds amazing! I definitely need to try that too!

  10. Superb blender, looks like it is very powerful.
    Loved your recipe too. Thanks for sharing Harriet!!!

  11. Harriet these look so gorgeous!! So chocolatey and fudgy and I love all of that chocolate shell on the outside, it looks just amazing. That blender looks top notch too! I don’t know what I’d do without my blender, it’s such a necessity. This is such a perfect and simple recipe!

    1. Thank you so much Brandi! I’m so in love with my blender! Yes definitely, I use it for everything now!

  12. Wow, These look amazing! I just love home made chocolates.

  13. So lovely! I can’t wait to try making these gorgeous treats.

  14. They look amazing! So rich and gooey 😀

  15. These look delicious! I have a yoga workshop coming up at my cafe soon and these would be a perfect petit four. Thanks for sharing

  16. I love your photography – it’s so clean and really highlights your delicious food. These sound delish, btw!

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