2 1/4 cups of dates
1.5 cups of cashews
1/2 cup of macadamia nuts
2 tbs cacao powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp water
- I blend the cashews first, using the nut grinder on the NutriBullet. I aim for a powdery consistency, but this step is probably not necessary
- Add cashews, macadamia nuts, dates, cacao, vanilla and water into food processor and mix for approximately 30-45 seconds
- Take the mixture out and place on a cutting board. Form it into one big rectangle, then cut into squares
- Chill in the fridge for an hour – serve. I keep my bites in the fridge but you can store them room temperature as well
These bites are very well loved in our house. I came up with this recipe because I found all of the gluten free, dairy free bars I was buying would get dropped half way through eating by Number 2, and they never quite satisfied dad. Making my own gives me portion control, not to mention I get a lot more bang for my buck.
Macadamia nuts are wildly underappreciated, in my opinion. I love these nuts, and they are a favorite of Number 1 as well. They are just the right side of sweet, and they are naturally oily, which is great for this recipe because it helps to bind them together. Kids need essential fats in their diet – and including macadamia nuts is a great way to get the wonderful monounsaturated fats in them.