Hello from NYC!
If there’s one thing I love about summer…it’s the abundance of berries! Strawberries, raspberries, but my all time favorite are blueberries.
And I recently discovered an amazing treat that I’ve been topping practically everything with. Dried blueberries. (This is NOT a sponsored post – just good old fashioned, genuine love here, people! 🙂 )
They’re these fabulous sweet little nuggets of chewy goodness. I top my banana ice cream with them, I put them on top of smoothie bowls, I top my apple and almond butter slices with them, and just eat them by the handful!|
But today, I did something extra special — I made cookies with them!
Have you ever had a Larabar? They are my favorite energy bar. They’re made with all whole ingredients, like dates and nuts and dried fruit. Well, they have all different types of flavors, but hands down my favorite is their blueberry bar.
So, I decided to do a riff on that, and create Blueberry Muffin Bites!
These, friends, are exquisite. And I promise you, what they lack in visual aesthetics, they make up for in flavor. Trust me!
And these “poppable” little treats are actually good for you! They’re grain and gluten free, vegan, paleo, and Specific Carb Diet friendly!
Here’s what you need: (Makes 12 cookies)
1/8 cup almonds
1/2 cup cashews
1/4 cup reserved almonds, halved
1/4 cup dried blueberries
1 “dropper-full” of alcohol free, vanilla stevia
5 drops alcohol free, lemon stevia (option: sub 1/4 tsp lemon zest)
This truly couldn’t be simpler. Throw everything except the reserved 1/4 cup almond halves into the food processor. Process for about 2 minutes, until it starts to clump together. You may need to scrape the sides a couple of times.
Then, carefully take the blade out and mix in the almond halves.
Form into 1 Tbsp balls. Child for at least 30 minutes. Makes 12 balls.
Where to begin!? These little sweet treats are outrageously good! They’re chewy and sticky, slightly crunchy and 100% fantastic!
The dried blueberries are sweet with a hint of tang that is complimented beautifully by the intensely sweet dates! And the vanilla makes them seriously taste like blueberry muffins! You can allllmost taste the streusel topping! hahah They are SO GOOD!
And they’re healthy too! They’re full of fiber and protein to keep you full! Dates are packed with antioxidants, Vitamin A, Iron, Potassium and Calcium. The nuts are full of Vitamin E, Manganese, Zinc, and Copper! They’re practically a health food! 😉
Just try not to eat them all in one sitting! 😉
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