In celebration of World Chocolate Day today, we bring you a simple recipe and healthy sweet treat from Marlene Watson-Tara, author of GoVegan. As well as being perfect for vegans, chocolate adzuki bites are a healthy alternative for all to enjoy, rather than snacking on foods high in sugar and refined carbohydrates. Adzuki beans are some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet, high in protein and fibre, low-fat, and rich in calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Their high soluble fibre can help to stabilise cholesterol levels, improve digestive health and keep you feeling full for longer. So go ahead and treat yourself on World Chocolate Day with this super simple recipe that’s totally tasty and healthy too.
You will need
1 cup of cooked adzuki beans
1 cup of pecans
8 mejdool dates (stones removed)
1⁄4 cup cocoa powder
1⁄4 tsp of vanilla extract
Blend all the ingredients (except the coconut) in a food processor until you achieve a creamy texture. If the mixture is too dry, add a tablespoon or two of water. Take a heaped teaspoon and roll into balls. Drop the balls into a bowl filled with the coconut and shake until well covered. Chill in the refrigerator for a few hours and enjoy these truly scrumptious and healthy treats.