Chocolatey Marzipan Bites (sugar free)Dec 22, 2019
My clients are often asking me for a simple and healthy holiday treats. Well, it doesn't get simpler than this! Here's a no-bake sweet treat you can make and serve to your family without any concern. This treat is easy to make and absolutely delicious. I took them recently to a family function and the kids gobbled them right up and had no idea they were healthy until they realized that I made them :).
I call them marzipan bites because they are made with almond meal and actually taste like marzipan. Marzipan is a pasty almond treat traditionally made with almonds, sugar and egg whites. Of course, I skipped the sugar and egg whites and just blended almond meal with monk fruit sweetener until it turns into a sticky paste you can easily roll. This isn't quite as pliable as traditional marzipan that can be shaped into flowers and fruits but can definitely be rolled into little balls. I added some beetroot powder and dipped in dark chocolate to make it festive. The beetroot powder really doesn't alter the taste but can be skipped. It's really there as a coloring. If you find that the mixture isn't turning into a paste you can add almond butter one teaspoon at a time and this will help the mixture stick together.
I use monk fruit sweetener because it has NO impact on blood sugar. In fact, it's packed with prebiotic fiber that's beneficial for your gut bacteria. So you can enjoy this treat while benefiting your health. That sounds like a win-win to me! You can also replace the monk fruit with maple syrup or honey and you'll want to skip the almond butter at that point as the honey or syrup will act as a binder.
Check out the remainder of the instructions below.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we have!
- 2 cups almond meal
- 2 tbsp monk fruit sweetener
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- 1-2 tsp almond butter (optional)
- 1/2 tsp of beetroot powder for red colour (optional)
- 1/4 cup of dark chocolate
- Place almond meal, monk fruit sweetener and almond extract into a blender and food processor.
- Pulse or blend until the almond meal sticks together once pinched. Depending on your equipment you may need to add in almond butter to help the mixture stick together and not crumble.
- In a double burner melt the chocolate over medium heat.
- Scoop 1 tbsp of almond meal (marzipan) mixture and roll into a ball. Then dip each rolled marzipan bite into the melted chocolate.
- Lay on a baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes until the chocolate hardens.
- Roll the almond meal into 1 tbsp
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