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Do you remember the sound of the ice cream truck coming down the street playing its tune when you were a kid? To me, it was the happiest sound of the day! All the neighborhood kids would come running out to meet the truck.

Fast forward a lot of years, and I still love ice pops…. especially in hot weather. When my kids were little I made ice pops for them at home. I knew I could make them just as delicious, waaaay less expensive and much healthier than the ones available in the store! And to tell the truth, I have never stopped making them.

As I started to make my first batch this season, I was thinking of you and how much more fun it would be if I shared one of my favorite easy recipes with you. While you can definitely substitute many fruits for the cherries, this particular recipe works well with stone fruits. Peaches, plums, apricots and cherries are some of the most common and popular ones. Cherries in particular, with their gorgeous color, are perfect for these pops ( yes, I love cherries…:)) Aside from their deliciousness, cherries are remarkably full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which are believed to protect against metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and others. They are also naturally high in tryptophan, a hormone that benefits sleep. 

And more than anything, these ice pops are as delicious as they are good for you. So what do you say? Ready for some summertime fun?

Chocolate Granola Bites

Ingredients

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • 12 Mini Cupcake molds preferably silicon, but paper will work
  • Double boiler aka Bain-Marie
  • Small sheet pan

Instructions

  • 1. Start by melting chocolate in your double boiler. Do not let the chocolate get too hot, you want it to just melt.
  • 2. Add granola and chopped pitted dates to food processor, and pulse to combine. Add 1 tsp date paste/syrup and pulse only as needed to achieve a thick, sticky, pliable consistency. You can add a little more syrup if necessary.
  • 3. Place molds onto a small sheet pan.
  • 4. Add approximately 1/2 inch of the granola/date mixture to the bottom of the mini-cupcake molds.
  • 5. Next add the melted chocolate.
  • 6. Add a sprinkle of granola to the top of the chocolate and then place the sheet pan in the refrigerator to set.
  • 7. Remove the completed Chocolate Granola Bites from the mini-cupcake molds and arrange on a platter or store them (if you can resist eating them on the spot).
  • Keep Chocolate Bites in sealed container in the fridge for up to two weeks (or 4 weeks in the freezer). But I am guessing they won’t last that long !
  • BONUS: Granola/Date Balls
  • Roll remaining granola/date mixture into 6 balls (about the size of a ping pong ball) and freeze in a sealed container. These are great for a quick energy snack or added to a bowl of oatmeal or a smoothie!
  • Enjoy!


Posted On

June 10, 2019

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