One of my biggest challenges in my quest for delicious grain free & dairy free food is always dessert! Even when I was only grain free, most of my desserts used dairy; because who needs grain if you can have amazing homemade whipped cream? But after being diagnosed with an allergy to casein, the protein in dairy, I had no choice but to learn to make grain free, dairy free desserts!
Out of desperation came inspiration! I started by checking out recipes that others had created, and I even made a few. Sometimes I find that specialized desserts tend to please a more sophisticated pallet than my own. In my house, a grain free recipe has to taste as delectable as any grain based treat! It has to be the type of dessert that your average Joe would enjoy. It must be total comfort food! Otherwise it’s not something my husband, Frank, will even dare to try.
The recipe that follows has been tested on numerous grain lovers, skeptics, and “I don’t do gluten free” snobs! It has been approved by all, and has also been requested to appear at our annual 4th of July party. My favorite thing about this recipe is that it can be made ahead of time and kept fresh in the freezer for when I have that spur of the moment chocolate craving! I hope your family will enjoy it as much as mine already has.
2 cups peanuts
2 heaping T coconut oil
¼ cup organic cocoa powder
1t vanilla extract
12 oz chocolate chips (dairy free & gluten free)
In a food processor, chop dates and peanuts until mealy.
Add coconut oil, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder.
Blend until a dough like consistency forms. Melt chocolate chips in a double boiler. While chocolate chips melt, line a tray with parchment paper and roll dough into one inch balls. Flash freeze dough balls for 5 minutes. Remove tray from freezer and dip dough balls in melted chocolate. Return to freezer to let chocolate set. In less than 45 minutes, you’ll have enough peanut brownie bites to satisfy even the largest party crowd! The Peanut Brownie Bites can be stored in the freezer for up to a month when kept in a well-sealed container. Recipe makes 4-5 dozen bites!