Spice, Spice, Baby! Raw, Paleo Cacao Bites Recipe

    Written by: Tiffany Stout /
    Feb 13, 2015 3:50:00 PM

    Raw, Paleo Cacao Bites Recipe Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love of all kinds; it's also a day synonymous with sugary sweets. Here at ACHS, we love a tasty, guilt-free chocolate snack. Enter our “date-fully” delicious raw, paleo (or Primal) cacao bites! No sugar required, but still sweet and spicy. These powerhouse snacks are packed with nutritious sprouted almonds, soaked chia seeds, dates, cacao powder, and lots of love.

    Wow your significant other, your friends, and your palette this Valentine’s Day with these tasty chocolate rounds. Spiced in a variety of ways that even Cupid can get on board with, these sugar-free, bite-sized cacao treats are sure to get the attention of all chai, chocolate, and holistic nutrition lovers alike.

    Here’s how you can whip up our date-fully delicious raw, paleo (or Primal) cacao bites with your sweetie-pie, bestie, or greatest love of your life … you!

    Raw, Paleo (or Primal) Cacao Bites Base

    • Almonds: 1 cup (soaked 2-4 hours) 
    • Cacao powder: Approximately 1 cup (not to be confused with cocoa powder)
    • Chia seeds: ¼ cup (soaked 15-20 minutes)
    • Dates: 10 (de-seeded and soaked in ½ cup water for 1 hour; save ¼ cup of date water for later)

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    Pick Your Seasoning! 

    With these cacao bites, you can customize the seasoning to your liking. Prefer the zesty bite of cinnamon and spice? Try the chai seasoning. Love a little kick of cayenne? That’s a spicy option, too. Or you can get creative and try all three! Either way, you’ll have a sweet and spicy treat this Valentine’s Day. Don’t forget to share what spices you decide to add in the comments section below! 

    Option 1: Homemade Chai Seasoning

    • Cinnamon Cinnamomum zeylanicum powder: 1¼ tablespoon
    • Cardamom Elettaria cardamomum powder: 1 tablespoon
    • Coriander Coriandrum sativum powder: ½ tablespoon
    • Ginger Zingiber officinale powder: ½ tablespoon
    • Clove Syzygium aromaticum powder: ¾ tablespoons
    • Black pepper Piper nigrum: ½ teaspoon

    Option 2: Lavender Salt

    • 3:1 ratio of sea salt (Primal approved) to lavender Lavandula angustifolia flowers 

    Option 3: Light Cayenne Dusting

    • Cayenne Capsicum annuum powder: ¼ teaspoon


    Process almonds until they are in tiny bits without any large chunks. Add chia seeds into the processor, pour in date water, and pulse in one date at a time. Consistency will be thick, easily formed. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.  

    Add cacao in slowly. Allow mixture to absorb the cacao while gently mixing and pressing with a spoon. 

    Add desired spice. Try one of the three options above or create your own zesty blend.

    Form into balls.

    OPTIONAL: Dip into melted certified organic dark chocolate (great for fondue!) or drizzle dark chocolate over top if desired.  

    Top with your spice of choice. 

    For an alternative to dipped chocolate, try rolling the bites in… 

    • Hemp Seeds 
    • Coconut
    • Top with cacao nibs

    Don’t forget to tell us which spices you chose in the comments!

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    This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine. 

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