When it comes down to food, what’s more, or should I say equally as important as taste?
That it’s nutritious? Well of course- after all, this is a health food blog!
For me, it’s texture. It can make or break your recipe. It’s the culprit behind many of those unhealthy cravings we get. I have to admit that sometimes I eat for texture!
Today I was craving a party of textures. Chewy? Yes. Smooth? Please! Crunchy? Awesome! And this could have been solved by simultaneously shoving various food into my mouth. But as I said- texture is equally important as taste, and that may not have tasted (nor have looked) too nice.
So I raided my healthy-foods cupboard (we call it the Chelsea cupboard at my house). For chewy, I found dried cranberries and raisins. Smooth, I automatically reached for my almond butter. Whole almonds fit the bill for the crunchy category. I knew chocolate was a must. That’s when the light bulb went off.
Trail-mix! A snack full of texture, taste, and nutrition. This isn’t just trail mix however. I bring you chocolate-covered trail mix bites. Seemingly simple on the outside, adventurous on the inside! These satisfying bites may just have everything- tastes, texture, and nutrition (and a good amount of ingredients found in my cupboard). These are no-bake, vegan, and don’t require any kitchen appliances! Easy to make, easy to clean! Oh…and very easy to eat!
Trail-Mix Chocolate Bites
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup dried raisins
- 1/4 cup natural almond butter
- 1/8 cup oats
- 8 almonds, cut in halves.
Outer Chocolate Coating:
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon Nectresse (or 4 teaspoons sugar/sugar substitute)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
Mix the cranberries, raisins, almond butter, oats and almond halves in a bowl. Freeze for 5 minutes to allow mixture to firm up. Once firm enough, roll into 5 small balls and refrigerate.
Meanwhile, make chocolate coating by first mixing cocoa powder and coconut oil. Once combined, add vanilla extract and sweetener. Coconut oil will become solid when cold, and liquid when warm. If you are having trouble mixing the coconut oil, try warming it up by running warm water over the jar.
Dip the trail-mix balls in the chocolate mix to evenly coat, and immediately sprinkle coconut on top. Place balls on parchment paper to harder. Repeat until chocolate mixture is gone.
These are best stored in the fridge, as you do not want your chocolate coating to melt! Happy trails!