These are pretty amazing; I am just going to say it. Think thin mint cookie meets minty fudge like raw dough.
I have a handful of bite recipes on my blog and an embarrassing amount floating around on my Instagram feed, but what isn't to love about these bite sized goodies? These bites, the ones shown here, are mint chocolate chocolate coconut beet bites. Yes, beet. A recipe combo I have yet to try out, until now! Fudge like balls that are rich in chocolate, refreshing from the mint, creamy, and the perfect combo of sweet and salty. Each bite takes me back to those days where I would eat an entire sleeve of those Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, except these bites, are healthy because not only are they packed with things like healthy fats, fiber, magnesium, but each bite is packed with a little healthy serving of veggies. I did that with the help of: Beet powder!
I used Love Beets beet powder in the recipe, which you can't even taste! I love being able to sneak veggies in most of my snack and dessert recipes for the additional nutritional benefit and plus, beets are a nutritional powerhouse and you should be eating more of them, reads: I should be eating more of them too! Love Beets has a section on their website with all the benefits of beets that you can check out here, but I'll name a few: beets can help increase exercise and stamina performance, the high iron content in beets can help people who suffer from fatigue, and they help with inflammation! I exercise almost every single day, I am always tired it seems, and suffer from digestive problems/inflammation, so this beet powder will come in handy to throw in my smoothies, energy bites, or anywhere really!
Their powder is made from 100% beets, has zero grams of added sugar, and is dairy free/gluten free! A little bit of the beet powder goes a long way, just 1 tablespoon is equal to 3 beets and I promise you won't taste it the slightest bit in the bites! I even used the beet powder to make the coating for the mint bites too to give them such a pretty color! I originally had Easter and Spring on my mind when I was making these and thought the pink/purple color was enough to get anyone in the mood for the warmer days ahead!
Everything took about 10 minutes to make from start to finish. I simply put the walnuts and the shredded coconut flakes in the food processor until a fine consistency was formed then added the rest of the ingredients! Once I shaped them into the desired sized balls, I rolled them into the coconut beet coating and they were finished! Quick and easy.
yields: 8 larger sized bites
Total time: 10 minutes
mint chocolate coconut beet bites:
1 cup walnuts
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
1 tbsp. ground flaxseed
1/3 cup cacao powder + 1 tbsp
1 tbsp. Love Beets Beet Powder
2 tbsp. cacao nibs (sub, dairy free chocolate chips)
1/2 heaping tsp. peppermint extract
2 pinches of pink himalayan sea salt
1/4 cup creamy cashew butter
coconut beet coating:
1/2 cup shredded coconut flakes
1/2 tsp. Love Beets Beet Powder
For the bites:
1. Pulse together the walnuts and the shredded coconut flakes until a fine mixture is formed, NOT flour consistency, rather a little texture to the mixture.
2. Add the ground flaxseed, cacao powder, cacao nibs, beet powder, sea salt, peppermint extract and pulse until well incorporated.
3. Add the creamy cashew butter and mix until well combined. A dough will begin to form with the mixture. Taste test. If, the mixture is not sticking together, add 1 tbsp of cashew butter at a time or a few drops of water.
4. Place in the fridge while you mix together the coating.
Coconut beet coating:
1. In the food processor, add the coconut flakes and the beet powder and grind together until flour like consistency is reached.
Roll the dough into balls and then roll them into the coconut beet coating. Store them in an air tight container for up to two weeks in the fridge or about a month in the freezer.
1. I chose to use cashew butter, because it tends to be the creamiest of the nut butters and the least overpowering to me. Feel free to use any nut butter, but note that using peanut butter might have a strong taste and will change the flavor so you may need to add more peppermint / cacao powder.
2. The first time I made the bites, I used 1 cup walnuts, 1 cup almonds and found the texture to have more of a bite to it/nuttier taste. With the coconut it gives you the coconut flavor and fudge like texture.
3. Peppermint has a strong flavor, a little goes a long way. Start small then add more.
4. If you find the mixture not coming together, add more cashew butter in small increments or water.
5. Add more cacao for more of a chocolate-y taste, but note that you may need to add more cashew butter to bind the mix!
6. If the bites aren't sweet enough for you, please add sweetener to them! Dates, honey, maple syrup! Start off with a tbsp. of sweetener, mix, taste test, then decide. For dates, start with 2-3 three then go from there!