Raw Blondie Bites

 
I admit, I sometimes prefer blondies over brownies.  I know, some of you may think I am crazy, but it is the vanilla lover in me looking for that caramel like vanilla base!  Plus, you do get the best of both worlds with them, the vanilla base, then chunks of rich chocolate as well. 

 
I used to love the baked version, so I thought it was about time I created a raw version!  However, I wanted these to be more than just a sweet treat, I wanted to get my nutritional bang for my buck with them as well.  So I made the base from mostly flaxseed and hempseed with a little coconut, dates to sweeten and vanilla.  Now, I know that sounds like it would lead to a funky tasting blondie, but these tasted so good like cookie dough! 

 
The good news is these do not need to be dehydrated so you can enjoy them right away, and you will want to.  My warning is though, they are quite addictive so you will probably have to enjoy more than one!

Raw Blondie Bites
Makes 20

2 cups soft medjool dates, pitted
1 1/2 cups ground flaxseed
1 cup shelled hempseeds
2 cups  finely shredded dried coconut

1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

3/4 cup raw chocolate chunks

In a food processor, combine the dates, flaxseed, hempseeds, coconut, sea salt, and vanilla extract and process until smooth and starting to hold together.  Remove from the food processor and knead in chocolate chunks (being careful not to handle them too much because they will start to melt).  Using a rolling pin to assist, place on a foil lined sheet pan and roll into a 1 inch thick square.  Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes until cold, then cut into small one and a half inch squares.  Store in the fridge.

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