The Perfect Bite-Sized Treat
Happy Friday everyone! This week went by so quickly but I am still so happy to see the weekend. Over the past week, I didn’t have the best luck in the kitchen. If you saw on my Insta story, you would know that my orange cream bars were more cream and mush than they were orange and bar! But on the positive side, I always learn from my recipe mistakes AND I actually created a pretty great “crust” from those bars. I just didn’t quite realize it when making them!
Memorial Day weekend is always a kick off for summer around here and I wanted to create something healthy, light, and easy enough to please a crowd. When it comes to parties or gatherings, the last thing you want to think about is slicing an entire pie, or making enough pie’s to food everyone! I love bite-sized treats and mini versions of classic party faves, they just seems to be way easier and less of a mess in the end. These Triple Layer Cookie Bites practically scream convenience and satisfaction! I promise, you won’t even believe they’re actually healthy!
One thing I do want to mention is that healthy can mean a whole lot of things now days. These Cookie Bites are healthy in the sense that they do not contain any refined or processed sugars and they are filled with heart healthy fats from nuts and cocoa. But like anything, if you eat too many, these can rack up as many calories as a real candy bar or cookie. However, the ingredients is what matters most and these Cookie Bites are completely made from natural and organic sources that do have benefitting nutrients.
To keep things simple, I will explain each layer step by step, so it’s easier to make and follow! I hope you and your guests love this recipe as much as we did! If you decide to give it a go, be sure to tag me using #thehealthiestme so I can see all of your treats!
Triple Layer Cookie Bites
Almond Cookie Base Layer
What You Will Need
- 2 cups of almond flour, 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup, 1 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt
In a large bowl, combine all of these ingredients and mix! You will know it’s ready when little balls start to form and you can leave an impression in the dough.
Spread your dough into a lined loaf pan or 8×8 baking dish. The loaf pan will give you a thicker cookie layer, but for connivence, use what you have! Carefully pat down your dough until it is evenly spread and condense. Bake at 350ºF for 15-17 minutes, or until edges begin to darken.
As this is cooling, let’s start on step two, the creamy center!
Nutty Fudge Cookie Center
What You Will Need
- 10-12 pitted dates, 1/4 cup of almonds, 1/4 cup natural peanut butter, and 1 tablespoon of water
Using a food processor, begin by adding in your pitted dates and handful of almonds. Grind on high until the almonds and dates look like little pearls. Next, add in your peanut butter and tablespoon of water, begin to blend once again. You will know it’s ready when a full ball forms and comes completely away from the sides.
Carefully add your fudgey layer on top of your cookie layer and spread. *I used my hands with a tad bit of water to spread without tearing/squishing the cookie layer.
Chocolate Bark Top Layer
What You Will Need
- 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil, 1/2 cup cocoa/cacao powder, and 3 tablespoons of maple syrup or honey
In a microwavable safe bowl, melt your coconut oil until it is completely clear and melted. Add in your cocoa powder and sweetener, stir until lump free.
Coat your cookie pan with the cocoa mixture and let cool for at least 30 minutes before cutting. The shinny coat will turn very matte when it’s ready! Cut into bite-sized pieces and enjoy!
Even the scraps look good!