Guest Blog: Granola Bites by Copper and Cloves

Try these healthy & delicious bite-sized vegan granola laddoos developed by the amazing Sarah of Copper and Cloves. Indulgent and satisfying, they are easy to make and quite nourishing!

We love that Sarah has used our cacao in so many of her recipes, like the cacao energy balls, vegan bounty bars and her creamy banana nice cream. Thanks Sarah for developing these healthy and indulgent treats using Mason & Co!

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You can roll these out in a butter-paper lined tray and cut into bars if you like – but we’ve rolled them into bite-sized balls. To make these more fun to serve as a dessert post a dinner party, the answer is always to dip them in chocolate! These are also super-fun to make with children, who always love to dip things in chocolate.

Simply melt some Mason & Co dark chocolateanything above 60% will be perfect. The bitterness of dark chocolate will balance perfectly with the natural sweetness of the laddoos. Try experimenting with dark flavours like the Cinnamon & Chilli or Rosemary & Sea Salt –  to find your favourite!

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup chopped dried figs
  • ¼ cup jaggery liquid
  • ¼ cup homemade almond butter
  • 100g Mason & Co dark chocolate- anything above 60% will be delicious for this recipe.

What to do:

  1. Put the dates into a blender and process until it becomes a smooth, spreadable paste. Add a splash of water if it is too dry and lumpy.
  2. Put the date paste in a bowl, add the oats and chopped figs and stir well to combine. This may take a fair bit of stirring 🙂
  3. Place jaggery liquid and almond butter into a pan and stir it continuously on low heat until it comes together.
  4. Combine the melted nut butter with the oats and dates mixture with a wooden spoon.
  5. Once it all comes together, scoop out a spoon full of the mix and roll it between your palms to form a ball and place them in the freezer for 30 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, put a small pan, half-filled with water onto a low flame and put a bowl that fits snugly on top without touching the water. Break up the dark chocolate into the bowl. The bowl will gradually heat the broken- up chocolate and it will melt slowly. Keep stirring the pieces until they form a smooth, shiny melted liquid.
  7. Take them out of the freezer and holding each one firmly, dip half into the melted chocolate and put back onto the plate. Repeat until you have dipped them all, and put them back into the freezer for 5-10 minutes to allow the chocolate to harden. 
  8. Take out of the freezer for a couple of minutes before serving – to allow everything to soften a little.

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Sarah of Copper & Cloves