You can buy pre-pitted dates, but they tend to be dryer than dates with the pitts. I just pull the date apart and remove the pitt.
1 ½ cups walnuts
1 cup pitted dates
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup cacao powder
½ cup fresh mint
Mix all ingredients in food processor, pulse and then blend well. The mixture should have the consistency of peanut butter.
Use a melon baller to scoop out mixture and form into one-inch balls; place in mini muffin paper cups. (I place the paper cups in a mini muffin tray so they don’t slide around.) Leave as a round ball or simply press mixture into muffin cup (not as pretty but less fuss).
Remove muffin cups from tray and place in a re-sealable storage container using wax paper in between layers; store in freezer for at least one hour. Remove and serve cold or at room temperature.
Gluten Free and Dairy Free, these are great for a pre-workout energy bite, to bring to a holiday party and to crowd-out holiday candy!
If you are reducing caffeine for a better night’s sleep, remember that cacao has caffeine. If you do eat a piece of the fudge, do so earlier in the day! You are not using processed coco powder for this recipe, look for a high-quality cacao powder for all of the benefits of unprocessed chocolate!