Jun
19

Chocolate Covered Cherry Bites

Chocolate covered cherry bites are a quick and easy no-bake treat! They are paleo and vegan friendly too!
Chocolate Covered Cherry Bites - paleo and vegan friendly! An easy no-bake snack!

One of the most popular recipes on my blog is my Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites. Everyone loves them because they are easy, no-bake, refreshing and both paleo and vegan friendly. And best of all, they only require a few ingredients and one food processor. So when one of my good friends, who loves the key lime bites, requested a chocolate covered cherry treat I knew that I had to create something special. Chocolate covered cherry bites are perfect for when the chocolate craving hits and you want something slightly sweet but not over-indulgent. I make a batch and save them for a mid-afternoon snack or a post-dinner treat.

Have you ever tried dried cherries? You can use any kind in this recipe, sweet or unsweetened. I use the dried cherries that are slightly sweetened with apple juice to avoid the addition of refined sugar. You can find them at Whole foods, online or other food stores. If you have never tried dried tart cherries, I am warning you that they are addicting. They are also good for heart health so I try to eat a small handful as often as possible. I add them to yogurt, smoothies, granola bars and these chocolate covered cherry bites.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Bites - paleo and vegan friendly! An easy no-bake snack!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Bites - paleo and vegan friendly! An easy no-bake snack! Chocolate Covered Cherry Bites - paleo and vegan friendly! An easy no-bake snack! Chocolate Covered Cherry Bites - paleo and vegan friendly! An easy no-bake snack!

If you love the Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites then you are going to love these. The process and ingredients are similar, but I use chocolate and cherries instead of the key lime and coconut to create this unique flavor.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Bites

Yield: about 12 small bites

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 cup Medjool dates*, pitted
  • 3/4 cup dried cherries
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Add the almonds and cashews to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until nuts are finely chopped (but do not pulse too long, you do not want the nuts to turn into a paste). Add the dates, cherries and cocoa powder. Pulse until the dates are finely chopped and the mixture starts to clump. Shape the mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls. If the mixture feels too dry, work it together with your hands. Melt chocolate in a heat proof bowl set over a pot of simmering water. Drizzle melted chocolate over bars and let set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

If Medjool dates are not available, any other pitted date will work.CHAR(13)CHAR(10)*Use vegan or paleo-friendly chocolate chips, as desired.

http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/2014/06/19/chocolate-covered-cherry-bites/

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Bites - paleo and vegan friendly! An easy no-bake snack!

Other healthy no-bake snacks:

Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites

Key Lime Coconut Energy Bites ~ quick, no bake treats that are vegan and paleo friendly!

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

No-Bake Chewy Gooey Peanut Butter Granola Bars

28 Comments

  1. Min @ MJ and Hungryman

    I just LOVE all your simple, no-fuss healthy snacks! My sweet tooth has been especially out of control lately so this sounds like a perfect way to indulge without the guilt ;). Yay! It’s Thursday! I have an exit interview and then going to dinner with my fellow interns and professors. We did it! 😉

  2. Meghan @ Cake 'n' Knife

    I always love no-bake treats!! Can’t wait to try these over the weekend – is it Friday yet??

  3. Olivia - Primavera Kitchen

    Ashley those sounds delicious. I love recipes that don’e require tons of ingredients. This is a great dessert for someone like me who are not very good baker 😉

  4. marcie

    These look so delicious, Ashley! I love healthy treats like this — so sweet, chewy, and satisfying. Love the flavor combo. :)

  5. Zainab

    Your healthy snacks are some of my favorites!!! These look so good and incredibly easy to whip up. I know I’ll be in love soon.

  6. Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    These sound delicious Ashley! Clif bars have a cherry almond version that Shawn is *obsessed* with! But dang are those expensive. I totally want to make these for him instead! I wonder if I could press them into a bar rather than a ball? This is great!

  7. Shaina

    Chocolate and cherry is one of my absolute favorite flavor combos. I didn’t discover it until a few years back and now I can’t get enough of it!

  8. Kelly

    I love all your healthy no-bake snacks – they are my favorite :) I still really want to try making your key lime bites but now all I can think about are these chocolate cherry ones – they look fantastic! Love how easy these are to whip up and that chocolate drizzle looks so pretty!

  9. Ashley

    Well considering I am currently addicted to the tart dried cherries I know I would love these …. especially with the addition of chocolate! Snack bites like this are the best – love this flavor combo!

  10. Gretchen @ Two Healthy Kitchens

    Mmmmm! Shelley and I have a special place in our hearts for snack bites, so I know these will become a staple in our house! These look so great – and the chocolate with the cherry combo … let our tastebuds rejoice!! And you are so right – so incredibly simple to make! Lots of nutrition … little effort! :)

  11. Danae @ Recipe Runner

    These look so good! I’m sitting here editing photos getting hungry and then I went to your site and now I’m even more hungry! Can’t wait to make these!

  12. miss messy

    Simple and no fuss. I love these. I love dried cherries so much so I’ll have to try them like this!

  13. Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    I freaking love chocolate and cherries. These look so so so delicious, especially with that chocolate drizzle!

  14. Consuelo - Honey & Figs

    These would make a perfect healthy snack indeed! I love the flavor combo you went with, and the ingredient list is flawless!

  15. Melanie @ Carmel Moments

    Oh yummy Ashley! Two favs coming together. They look mighty good and I love that they are simple. Pinning!

  16. Medeja

    Dried cherries.. I can imagine these bites were really delicious :)

  17. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    Love that chocolate drizzle. That alone makes me want to eat these 😀 Love the combination of chocolate and cherries. Hard to go wrong with that 😀

  18. Robyn @ simply fresh dinners

    Wow, nothing like cherries and chocolate! Beautiful photography too, Ashley. Thanks for the mouth-watering recipe!

  19. Julie @ This Gal Cooks

    I really need to get on the ball and make some of these little energy bites! I love all of the flavors that you have made, especially this chocolate cherry flavor. Pinned!

    Hope you have a great week, Ashley!

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