If you follow my Instagram, you might have seen that I posted a little something a while ago about my home-made Butter Bites – now I’m here to give you guys the recipe. Moorish, fruity, nutty and a bitter tang of raw cacao, these tiny discs of decadence are literally gone in two bites. No cooking, no dairy, no refined sugar, no gluten (I’m not someone who is actually against/intolerant to all those things, but I do try to lean towards the healthier side of treats and sweets).
The recipe is really versatile too so try mixing up different flavours i.e. using a different flour for the base, adding fresh berries in the chocolate stage or experimenting with other nut butters.
Raw Butter Bites
Prep time: 15m Setting time: at least 1hr in the fridge for each layer
125g hazelnut flour
Cupful of figs, softened in warm water
Drizzle of honey
Teaspoon of almond butter for each ‘bite’
2 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
(Add honey to taste if desired but I opted out)
Soften the figs in warm water and place in the blender along with the hazelnut flour and honey. Blend until you get a sticky paste and all the flour is incorporated, it doesn’t matter if you chunky bits of fig here and there. (Add a tablespoon of warm water if it looks abit dry!)
Place a teaspoon of the mixture in your moulds – the quantity really depends on the size of your moulds/cases, mine were tiny! Leave to set in the fridge for an hour.
Once set, add a teaspoon of a nut butter of your choice. From my photos you can see I made 3 with almond and 6 with peanut – in the end I found the peanut butter to be too strong and really took the other flavours away, so if I made these again I would stick to almond but entirely up to you.
Place the cases/moulds back in the fridge for 1 hour.
Finally, for the last chocolate stage, heat the coconut oil over a low heat and add the cacao powder. Stir well and add honey to sweeten if desired. I chose not to because I found the bitterness contrasted well with the nutty flavour and sweetness of the figs. Pour a tablespoon, or enough to fill the moulds, and place back in the fridge for another hour.
Once set, gently remove from the casings and enjoy with a cup of tea for an afternoon break!