Raw Nut Goodie Bites

Nut goodies. The name brings back memories of biting into a maple cream and crunchy peanut goodness coated in smooth chocolate.  A child's dream dessert.  I have to admit when I was little they ranked right up there with Reese's PB cups if not higher.  They are made right here in Minnesota, and I was kind of shocked to find out that my boyfriend Eric who was born in Arizona and just recently moved here in the last 5 years had never heard of them or had one.  "WHAT?  You, the biggest chocolate lover I know missed out on having a Nut Goodie as a child?  You missed out!" I said.
It soon occurred to me that maybe most of the world was missing out on nut goodies and I had to at least create a rawified vegan version so Eric could try one (and those of you who have never had one but still want to enjoy sweets without refined sugars can have one too)!
For the filling, I made a maple cream from coconut (you can't taste it, but it makes the texture perfect), some dates for sweetness a touch of maple extract (because it would not be a Nut Goodie without it), and some maca powder, which was perfect adding a bit more sweet and a little toasty note.  I then pressed some peanuts into them, dipped them in raw dark chocolate and voila!  Raw Nut Goodie goodness!  They tasted pretty damn near close to the real thing, and as Eric stood there enjoying about his 4th one with a chocolate mustache, I knew he approved. 

Raw Nut Goodie Bites
Makes about 12

2 cups finely shredded raw coconut
6 soft medjool dates, pitted
2 Tbsp maca powder
1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp pure maple extract
2 Tbsp coconut butter

1 cup raw jungle peanuts

Raw Chocolate Coating:
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup raw coconut oil
1/4 cup raw coconut nectar (or your choice liquid raw sweetener)

In a high speed blender, combine all the filling ingredients and process until very smooth.  Remove from the blender and scoop onto a foil lined sheet by the Tbsp.  Press the peanuts into the tops of the filling mounds (but not too hard because you still want them to be mounds).  Set in the freezer until firm, about 30 minutes. 
Meanwhile, whisk together the chocolate ingredients in a small bowl.  Once the filling has firmed up, set on a fork and dip into the chocolate, let the excess drain off, then place back on the foil.  Repeat with remaining candies, then place them all in the freezer for 5 minutes to set the chocolate.  Store extra in the fridge.

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    • July 18, 2013 at 17:19

      You can leave it out. It is distinctive and there is not really a good sub.

    • July 19, 2013 at 02:47

      Check this out: http://www.superfoodliving.com/raw-maca-powder

  1. July 18, 2013 at 14:03

    Pure Deliciuosness! Really interesting the raw cocoa coating, I really wouldn't have known how to do that! thanks ;)

    • July 18, 2013 at 17:19

      Thank you :)! I am happy to help!

  2. July 18, 2013 at 16:26

    Hello, these look delicious...Can u pls tell me why do people use medjool dates in most raw recipes? Is there a difference in taste, flavour or a texture to the rest of the dates? I have not tried them yet, hence my question :)

    • July 18, 2013 at 17:20

      Because they are big, soft and widely available (at least here). You can use other dates as long as they are soft, but you may need more since medjool are large.

  3. Callie
    July 18, 2013 at 16:39

    Mmm mm I have never had a nut goodie but I cant wait to make these! Kind of reminds me of a snickers! <br /> What brand of maple extract do you like to use?

    • July 18, 2013 at 17:21

      They are even better than snickers ;)! I use Frontier Organic.

  4. Ellen Lederman
    July 18, 2013 at 20:50

    Sounds wonderful! Who needs Godiva when you can have this? I made something similar---kind of Almond Joy bars, but without the maple extract....

    • July 19, 2013 at 02:48

      Agreed :)! Those almond joy bars sound good too! These don't taste like coconut though.

  5. lena
    July 18, 2013 at 21:58

    Mmm. They look like little eclairs...;)

    • July 19, 2013 at 02:48

      Quite different than eclairs, but still as tasty :)!

  6. July 19, 2013 at 07:29

    Hi Amy, <br /><br />Thank you for sharing all your wonderful recipes! Doesen't raw peanuts taste a bit like peas? I believe they should be roasted to get the "peanut" taste or am I wrong?<br /><br />

    • July 19, 2013 at 17:07

      You are so welcome! No, they taste like peanuts :)!

  7. July 24, 2013 at 04:21

    Hi Amy, I admire all of your recipes - Cheers to you for having so much inspiration and motivation to create new treats, and for sharing that passion with everyone! ^_^<br /><br />In the filling recipe, is the shredded raw coconut dehydrated? Or is it straight young thai coconut meat?<br /><br />I'd like to try this!<br /><br />Many thanks,<br />Juliette<br /><br />

    • July 24, 2013 at 21:36

      Thank you so much :)! It is dried raw coconut in the filling.

  8. July 24, 2013 at 12:56

    I made these tasty beauties & they rocked my tastebuds! They were amazing, tasty & even fabulous too! :)<br /><br />MMMMMMMMMMMMMM! Yum!

    • July 24, 2013 at 21:37

      Awesome :)! So glad you enjoyed them!

  9. October 31, 2014 at 02:01

    While these look delicious, I'm concerned by your use of "raw" peanuts, which are widely recognized to contain high levels of aflatoxin, a potent carcinogen & liver toxin. Can raw almonds be substituted instead?

    • October 31, 2014 at 11:18

      I use raw jungle peanuts. You can use whichever nut you like though if you are not a fan of those.

  10. October 31, 2014 at 16:50

    Thank you. I do use jungle peanuts but because the recipe didn't specify that that's what they were, I assumed they were regular raw peanuts (I see that the recipe now mentions that they're "jungle" peanuts). Thank you for answering my question. I'll be looking forward to making these nut bites.

    • November 1, 2014 at 20:53

      I am always happy to help you out :)!

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