Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
Remember last week when I said I was experimenting with a new date ball recipe? Well my friends, here it is as promised! My friend Nava who lives in Israel, has been such a great friend and supporter through my social media (even though we've only met in person once)! When I heard that her husband's family (friends of ours who live 2 blocks away), were going to visit them, I asked if they'd be willing to bring some surprise treats to them. I thought this would be such a fun surprise!
But first, I had to figure out exactly what to make...
I was waiting for my train on my way to work last week, thinking of what type of date ball to make (yes, I'm a bit obsessed, but they are so delish and so easy to make). I considered a few things: it has to be easily portable, meaning, it has to somehow survive many hours of travel, so, hopefully it wouldn't get smashed into a big frozen blob; it has to be delicious (ok, that's a given); and, it can't contain coconut, since apparently she's not a fan, but I hope to convert her one day.
I knew I wanted to take my date ball recipe and transform it into something a bit more decadent and special, and so, this these ingredients popped into my head! Just mix coffee, cocoa powder, dates, nuts, vanilla, maple syrup, cinnamon, almond milk, and of course chocolate chips.
Stick 'em in the freezer. Done. Bam!
I thought they turned out pretty awesome, if I say so myself, and even if they potentially arrived in Israel as one big frozen clump, luckily, they'll still taste good! :)
Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough BItes Makes 20 -22 bites
Total time: 20 minutes prep time + 2 hours (freeze time)
2 cups of Deglet Noor dates
2 1/2 cups of nuts
I ran out of pecans, so I added in walnuts, but this would be delicious with hazelnuts, so it'll taste like nutella!
1/4 cup of cold brew coffee
I use Trader Joe's brand, but you can use grounds or leftover brewed coffee, if that's easier
2 tsp. of cinnamon
1/4 cup of dark grade pure maple syrup
1/4 cup of almond or coconut milk
1 tsp of pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup of pure cocoa powder
1 cup of vegan, soy-free chocolate chips
I like the brand, Enjoy Life
Add all ingredients, except the chocolate chips into a blender or food processor fitted with an "S" blade, until all ingredients come together and form a ball of "dough". FYI, when I made these in the food processor, the liquid pretty much exploded out, so I would highly recommend using a blender.
Add in the chocolate chips and mix with a wooden spoon. Roll the dough into small balls, using your hands, or a springloaded mini ice cream scoop (got mine at target for under $10).
Place the "cookie dough bites" on a sheet tray lined with wax paper. Feel free to roll these in shredded coconut for a fancier presentation.
Freeze for about 2 hours. Enjoy them frozen, or defrost for a half hour at room temp!
I'd LOVE to hear your comments! Drop me a line, whether you loved this recipe, or thought it was totally nasty, let me know!