Makes 8 pieces
8 Medjool dates, pitted
1 tablespoon coconut oil (solid)
1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa powder
3 tablespoons hemp seeds
Additional hemp seeds for rolling (about 2-3 tablespoons)
- Blend the dates, coconut oil, cocoa powder, and 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds in a food processor until there are no large chunks of dates left. You should have a sticky mixture that holds together when squeezed between your fingers. If it's too moist, add more hemp seeds. If it's too dry, add more coconut oil a teaspoon at a time.
- Spread 2-3 tablespoons of hemp seeds on a plate or shallow bowl.
- Using the palms of your hands, roll bits of the mixture into small 1-inch wide balls. You should end up with 8 balls.
- Roll each ball in the hemp seeds so that they are evenly covered.
- Transfer to a plate and eat immediately or place them in an airtight container and chill in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
Cashew Cream Filling
2 tablespoons raw cashew butter (or 1 Artisana squeeze pack)
1/2 tablespoon water
1/2 tablespoon maple syrup or agave nectar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- To make the thumbprints, make the same date-hemp mixture above and after rolling the mixture into balls, make a small indentation in the center of each ball. Mold each piece with your hands so that they resemble thumbprint cookies. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, mix together the cashew butter, water, maple syrup, and vanilla extract until smooth.
- Fill each thumbprint with the cashew cream and top with fresh fruit, nuts, or nothing at all. :)
- Eat immediately or place them in the refrigerator to chill.
Super easy, eh? The sweetness from the dates was just right, at least for my taste buds. I liked eating them chilled just because they had more of a bite to them that way. Fresh fruit will definitely add some pizazz to the thumbprints, but they'll still taste wonderful without it. I don't have a dehydrator, so I love that there's no fancy equipment (other than a food processor!) required to make these raw treats. There's also no pre-soaking of nuts involved, which is always nice. I probably should have doubled (or tripled) the recipe because 8 pieces really wasn't enough. Live and learn. :)