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These Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites are a super simple and healthy snack and will satisfy your chocolate cravings in only 15 minutes!

Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites | Vegetarian | Snack | Winter | Oats | Maple Syrup | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

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Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites | Vegetarian | Snack | Winter | Oats | Maple Syrup | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

The last time I did a reader’s survey, a lot of you told me that buying Certified Organic was really important to you. And it is very much to me too. So when Nature’s Path asked if I was interested in writing a post about organic food I knew it would be a great fit for us.

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Nature’s Path has generously offered to give each one of you a free e-book about going organic. It’s filled with tons of useful information including, the true cost of food and why Certified Organic is healthier for people and the earth. Take a look at the table of contents below and you’ll also see that there are several recipes and even a promo code for you to use too!

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Please head over there and grab your copy right now, and then make sure you come back for this Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites recipe. I’ll wait right here while you get the book.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites | Vegetarian | Snack | Winter | Oats | Maple Syrup | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

You’re back! Hi!! Let’s talk about these Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites shall we? I used Nature’s Path Old-Fashioned Organic Oats as the base for them so they make a nutritious snack.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites | Vegetarian | Snack | Winter | Oats | Maple Syrup | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites | Vegetarian | Snack | Winter | Oats | Maple Syrup | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

These bites are super easy to make. All you have to do is grind up your oats in a food processor and then mix them with dark cocoa, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. That’s your dry mix.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites | Vegetarian | Snack | Winter | Oats | Maple Syrup | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites | Vegetarian | Snack | Winter | Oats | Maple Syrup | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

Then make a paste in the food processor with soft pitted dates, almond butter and dark pure maple syrup.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites | Vegetarian | Snack | Winter | Oats | Maple Syrup | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

Then mix the two together. This takes a little while, like 2 minutes or so. Don’t freak out when you start because it seems at first like they are too tacky, and sticky. Then the oats will start to absorb the paste and the texture will become more and more like a thick cookie dough the more you work it. I started with a stiff silicone spatula, but then I actually got right in there with my hands and kneaded the dough together.

Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites | Vegetarian | Snack | Winter | Oats | Maple Syrup | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites | Vegetarian | Snack | Winter | Oats | Maple Syrup | Healthy Seasonal Recipes | Katie Webster

For final yum factor, I added in mini chocolate chips, toasted walnuts and a drizzle of chocolate to go over the top. Store them in a re-sealable container in the refrigerator.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 16 servings

Serving Size: 1 ball

Calories per serving: 97

Fat per serving: 4 g

Saturated fat per serving: 1 g

Carbs per serving: 15 g

Protein per serving: 2 g

Fiber per serving: 2 g

Sugar per serving: 8 g

Sodium per serving: 22 mg

vegan dark chocolate walnut bites

These Vegan Dark Chocolate Walnut Bites are a super simple and healthy snack and will satisfy your chocolate cravings in only 15 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup Old Fashioned oats
  • 3 tablespoons dark cocoa
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Generous pinch salt
  • 1 cup pitted soft dates, 4 ounces
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 3 tablespoons dark pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips, plus 3 Tablespoons more for melting, optional

Instructions

  1. Place oats in a food processor and process until finely ground. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add cocoa, cinnamon and salt and stir to combine.
  2. Place dates in food processor and pulse several times until broken into chunks. Add almond butter and maple syrup and process, scraping sides if necessary until it forms a thick paste.
  3. Add paste to the bowl and mash and stir with a silicone spatula until it starts to resemble crumbly cookie dough, about 2 minutes. Continue working the dough, knead with clean hands if necessary to work the oat mixture into a cohesive dough. Add walnuts and chocolate chips. Knead in well. Form into 14 balls. Drizzle with chocolate, if using. Refrigerate to set the chocolate.
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