Raw Cacao Nib Banana Bread Chewies

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on February 5, 2013

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Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in things to do?  I have my entire week listed out but have I accomplished anything yet?  OK, a couple things, but my lists are loooong.  I keep adding on to them too.  Maybe that’s my problem.  And then I add a few extra fun things in there too.  Like this morning my girls and I walked up the hill from our house to a second hand store.  We brought home a stack of books for just $1.60 so I’d say it was worth the time spent 🙂

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Anyways, these little treats may not technically be raw, but I think I like saying raw better than no-bake.  In any case, quick treats like these are in order for a week like this.  My deadline for everything on my lists in Thursday night since I plan on doing absolutely nothing on Friday(after my 8 AM dentist appointment).  Except eat ice cream.  Seriously.

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Anyways, I was so thrilled with how my raw peanut butter chewies turned out that I was thinking of another version right away.  I had more than enough bananas in the freezer and a pile of too old to eat bananas on the counter so I sliced them and threw them in my dehydrator until they weren’t soft anymore.  And by that I mean raw banana soft since these are still soft unlike a banana chip.

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You can kind of tell I cut these out with a little biscuit cutter.  The big ones I used my kids small cups but I think I almost like the little 1″  cookies cut with a biscuit cutter.  You can of course press this mixture into a loaf pan and chop them into bars or just roll them into balls.  It’s completely up to you.

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Raw Cacao Nib Banana Bread Chewies
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 C lightly toasted hazelnuts
  • 1 C soft, dried bananas(not banana chips - these are soft!)
  • ½ C Medjool dates
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 2 pinches sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ C cacao nibs(or chocolate chips)
Instructions
  1. In a food processor add the cooled hazelnuts and process until no large pieces remain(being careful not to over process). Remove the nuts and place then in a bowl.
  2. Add the dried bananas and Medjool dates to the food processor and blend until completely blended and a "dough" forms.
  3. Stop the food processor and break apart the dough with a knife or spatula. Add the nuts back in along with the vanilla, sea salt and cinnamon. Process the mixture just until everything is combined evenly. Add in the cacao nibs and just pulse the mixture until they are evenly disbursed in the mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture out onto a piece of wax paper and press together into a ball. Flatten into a disc and cover with another piece of wax paper. With a rolling pin, roll out to the desired thickness and cut into cookies with cookie cutters, biscuit cutters or just a small cup. Store between sheets of wax or parchment paper in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week or in the fridge or freezer for up to 3 months.
Notes
Almonds or even walnuts would be a yummy substitute for the hazelnuts, but if you have them(or even just half hazelnuts half another nut) they taste so good!

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1 heather February 6, 2013 at 7:37 am

Mmmm these look like the perfect after dinner treat – I always crave something a little sweet with my after dinner tea!
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2 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction February 6, 2013 at 8:25 am

I would love to have these around to snack on!
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3 Holiday Baker Man February 6, 2013 at 9:36 am

can you say addicting?
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4 Eat Good 4 Life February 6, 2013 at 1:30 pm

This is perfect. What a powerful snack. I have never used medjol dates before. Any time I see there is medjol dates to be used for a recipe I always use dried prunes instead, which I like better 🙂 I shall try them some day. The cookies look really good!!
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5 Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies February 6, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I need snack ideas like this. When I don’t have something healthy, I break into my husband’s potato chip stash–not good!
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6 Ari @ Ari's Menu February 8, 2013 at 9:50 pm

This looks like the perfect sweet healthy snack. So creative!
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7 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking February 19, 2013 at 7:57 am

I make something similar but with just dates, now I have to try the banana version.
Thanks for sharing Heidi
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8 Annie @ Natural Sweet Recipes February 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm

I still have not tried cacao! I love the sound of them with banana and hazelnut though! Yummy! I agree about calling things raw. It just sounds healthier to say raw over no bake! 🙂

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9 Amy March 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

I have had a bag of dehydrated bananas sitting around for a few months now and was so happy to see this recipe.
These are delicious and I have actually been eating them as little mini-desserts after dinner all week.
Thanks so much!

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