cocoa bites {gluten-free, vegan}

4 truths for this week:

  1. It is too hot to be cooking.
  2. Chocolate cravings are not heat sensitive.
  3. Savoring something sweet shouldn’t be a hassle or compromise your eating well plan.
  4. You need to make these Cocoa Bites. They are gluten-free vegan too.

Susquehanna Style Magazine recently asked me to share three gluten free recipes.  I didn’t want to talk about a standard muffin, cake or cookie recipe. You can find a great flour alternative at the grocery store to make a gluten-free baked good. Instead, I wanted to show you some real, whole food recipes that are naturally box and gluten-free.

Going gluten-free may be a dietary option for some, but for others it is a necessity. The gluten-free adaptation goes beyond reading labels and asking questions when dining out; it also includes becoming creative in the kitchen. There are now many products on the market to make the adjustment a bit easier. But remember, removing gluten from your diet does not automatically mean you’ll be eating healthy. A gluten-free cookie is still a cookie. In hopes of inspiring you to reach past the brownie mix, I’m sharing the following gluten-free recipe.

You should make these little Cocoa Bites into balls for healthier snacking options or use as a tart crust for a chilled, no-bake pie.

Photo by Donovan Roberts Witmer at Jeremy Hess Studios.


coco bites
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This gluten-free, vegan and raw recipe makes simple bites or can be used as a crust for a no-bake pie. Consider ice cream, custard or fresh fruit as a pie filling.
: gluten free, vegan, vegetarian, dessert, snacks, chocolate
Serves: 8
  • 2 cups nuts such as walnuts, pecans, almonds or hazelnuts
  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • ⅓ cup dark cocoa powder, like Hershey's Special Dark, or raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee or espresso powder
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch of salt
  • cayenne, cinnamon, orange zest (optional)
  1. Puree all ingredients in food processor until fine crumbs are formed.
  2. Form into ½-ounce balls.
  3. Roll in cocoa powder, nuts or shaved coconut.