Cacao Matcha Mint Bites

Ever crave a little bite of something sweet after a midday meal, as an afternoon pick-me-up, or a midnight snack? For me that's often a cup of tea or a piece of dark chocolate, but occasionally I get a little more creative when trying to satisfy my sweet tooth.

Enter Cacao Matcha Mint Bites! These have been my go-to homemade treat all summer. The minty flavor is so refreshing on these hot summer days, and I can always use a reason to get more chocolate into my day :)

Here are some of the impressive nutritional benefits of these little guys:

* Raw cacao is a great plant-based source of magnesium and iron

* Matcha is loaded with antioxidants and provides stable, long-lasting energy * Dates are a whole food, nutritious sweetener offering fiber and minerals along with their blissful sweetness * Walnuts are an incredible source of plant-based omega 3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation in the body and are essential for heart health

* The healthy fats in these bites make them the perfect snack that will satisfy your sweet tooth without spiking your blood sugar

Hope you all enjoy these healthy treats!

Cacao Matcha Mint Bites

yields ~30 bites

1 c walnuts 5 Tb raw cacao 3 Tb coconut oil 12 pitted deglet dates (they were pretty small) 1 tsp matcha powder 1/4 tsp h. pink salt 1 tsp peppermint flavor (start with 1/2 and taste before you add more- intensity varies by brand) 1 c coconut flakes (+ more for rolling) 5 tb water (enough to create a sticky “dough”)

Combine all ingredients, except for water, in a food processor or high-powered blender. A food processor will make the process a little easier, but either will work.

Process until you have a semi-smooth dough, adding water by the tablespoon until you reach the right consistency. The dough is done when it sticks together when pinched.

Roll into balls (I made mine with about 1 tablespoon of dough each), and then coat in shredded coconut. I added a little bit more matcha to the shredded coconut to get the green color.

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