Not your traditional dessert – filled with superfoods like chia, hemp and buckwheat, these dark chocolate bites will be the star of your Holiday sweets table. Sweet cranberries with a hint of vanilla, paired with roasted salted pistachios and coated in a crunchy chocolate shell – to die for! And they are so easy to make, store and then just pull out of the freezer a few minutes before serving. Perfect for busy Holidays.
I first saw Nature’s Path Qi’a at Costco almost a year ago. I have been buying their organic cereals for years but this was something new. Intrigued by the fact that you don’t have to cook the cereal (as you would think with a buckwheat being a grain) but rather soak for 5 minutes, I grabbed a bag and have been hooked since then. Alex takes it to work all the time.
Once I started to put this recipe together I felt almost cheating with a packaged cake mix. It was as easy as dump and mix. All you need is five wholesome vegan and gluten free ingredients (excluding the chocolate for dipping). Because cereal already contains vanilla flavoured cranberries, just add roasted pistachios, your milk of choice to “cook” chia, nut or seed butter of your choice and maple syrup (for strict vegans) or honey to act as “a glue”.
For chocolate coating, you can use either organic chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate bar (I recommend not less than 70%). To melt the chocolate, use double boiler or if you are like me and don’t have one, just place heat proof bowl over simmering pot of water on low.
You can also use a microwave but I’m not a fan of it. Make sure to stir every 30 seconds or so. I also find the coating easier to work with if I add a tablespoon of coconut oil.
Decorating sweets is always fun. I usually drizzle chocolate with a spoon but this time I finally decided to try the piping technique. It takes a few extra minutes of your time but comes out beautiful. Just place remaining melted chocolate in a resealable sandwich bag, cut off a small tip and get creative. My melted chocolate had bits of buckwheat and hemp from dipping the bites, which I carefully removed with a toothpick.
These bites were exquisite! No high end candies can even compare. You are eating organic superfoods, remember?! Enjoy and please let me know how you like them!
Happy Clean Eating Holidays!
Disclosure: I was compensated for my time to develop this recipe. I recommend only products I love, tried myself and fit Clean Eating lifestyle.
- 1 package (225 g) Nature's Path Cranberry Vanilla Qi'a
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp pistachios, roasted & salted*
- 1/4 cup any plant-based milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 1/3 cup any nut or seed butter (I used sunflower seed butter)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 1/2 cups (9 oz) dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate bar
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- Line medium baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, add Qi'a, pistachios and milk; stir to combine and let sit a few minutes. Add nut or seed butter, maple syrup or honey and mix well.
- Using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon (I used 0.33 inch in diameter scoop), scoop dough, packing it tightly, and using wet hands roll into balls. Place on prepared baking sheet and freeze until firm, about 2 hours.
- Using a double boiler, a heat - proof bowl simmering over water on low or a microwave, melt chocolate with coconut oil, stirring until smooth. Using a tablespoon, place each ball into the bowl with melted chocolate, roll until coated, let excess drip off and return to the baking sheet. Freeze until firm, about 10 minutes.
- You can either drizzle the tops with melted chocolate using the spoon, or by placing remaining chocolate in a resealable sandwich bag, cutting off a tip and piping it on top. Place back in the freezer until set, for a few minutes. Thaw for 5 - 10 minutes before serving.
*If using raw pistachios, toast them in a skillet on low, stirring frequently, until fragrant, and add 1/4 tsp salt to the recipe.
Servings Per Recipe: 18
Amount Per Serving = 1 bite:
Total Fat: 13.9 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 47.4 mg
Total Carbs: 23.1 g
Sugars: 13.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.9 g
Protein: 4.2 g
WW Points+: 6