Oh. my. gosh. Oh my gosh! You must try these Crunchy almond butter chocolate bites right now. Now people!
I was strolling around Whole Foods today for an hour trying to hunt down the Hu Kitchen Chocolate that’s been blowing up my Instagram feed the past few weeks. It didn’t appear in the chocolate section, nor the baking section. Fortunately I thought about checking the wine isle with one last hope, and I FOUND IT! There was a tiny, almost hidden, corner with some random fancy EXPENSIVE chocolates, and there they were. So, despite there only being about 4 of their flavors there, I bought two of the same kind because it sounded good. I purchased the Almond Butter Puffed Quinoa Dark Chocolate bars for $6.99 a piece (the things we do for love). Ok, did I seriously spend $14 on chocolate?! Whoops.
Hu Kitchen’s chocolates are gluten free, free of any refined or cane sugars and alcohols, dairy, GMOs, emulsifiers, and soy. Yet somehow they still taste amazing and even better than other chocolates full of unnecessary ingredients. One of my favorite desserts always comes with a little crunch. If you haven’t tried my crunchy peanut butter cups, you must! The cereal adds a little extra crunch to make them unique from others in the market.
On top of the amazing chocolate, I discovered LoveLilBucks sprouted Buckwheat at WholeFoods and i’m never looking back! I used to use quinoa in this recipe, but it took some time to “pop” on the stove. The buckwheat adds a nice little crunch and nutrition to these bites! Check out Emily’s website for LoveLilBucks and support a small business with your next purchase!
Anyways. The whole point of me mentioning the almond butter chocolate I bought today was to let you know where I got the idea to make these bites tonight. We have handful of almonds on hand (and by handful I mean 3 bags), and I figured I could play around with chocolate, homemade almond butter, and puffed quinoa (which apparently doesn’t exist in stores).
A chocolate dessert ball made from homemade almond butter, sprouted buckwheat, and dark chocolate.
- 2 Cups Roasted Almonds lightly salted
- 4 Dates Pits removed
- 2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 3/4-1 cup divided Hu Kitchen Dark Chocolate Baking Gems melted (drizzle remaining 1/4 cup chocolate on top – optional)
- Sprinkle Sea Salt
- 1 cup Sprouted Buckwheat LoveLilBucks (save 1/4 cup to sprinkle on top)
- 4 scoops Collagen I use Vital Proteins (40g)
Toss the almonds in a food processor for about 3-5 minutes, until creamy.
Add in the collagen if desired and blend until evenly distributed.
Add in the dates and vanilla extract and blend until a dough like texture begins to form.
Remove and pour into a mixing bowl.
Melt the chocolate for 30 seconds at a time in the microwave (stop and stir after each time). Should only take 90 seconds total.
Mix the almond butter and 3/4 cup chocolate together in the bowl until incorporated and evenly distributed.
Add in the sprouted buckwheat and mix. Save about 1/4 cup of buckwheat to garnish the top.
Once you've mixed everything together, take a cookie scooper and place onto a sheet pan or plate with parchment paper. Have a little taste while they're warm because they're good! Place the balls into the fridge to solidify. Keep refrigerated.
Option to melt additional chocolate and dip the bites in chocolate. If doing so, add more of the sprouted buckwheat and a sprinkle of sea salt to the top before refrigerating.
*The collagen is optional, but I wanted to add a little extra protein as we have healthy fats here from the almonds, fiber from the dates, and protein from collagen.