Kids in the Sink

German-Chocolate Fudge Bites

on March 22, 2012

After Christmas, we jumped back on the band wagon with the rest of America and ate healthy again.  We did well.  We both had a food journal and goals and exercised (if you can call it that… we bought Just Dance 3 for the Wii and went with it) and ate moderately healthy.  But somewhere along those weeks and months, two birthday parties came and went and things got a little off track.

We usually eat well but we have a soft spot for delicious breakfast treats.  And maybe we tend to eat those breakfast treats for snack in the mid morning and mid afternoon and late at night.  Maybe.  Don’t act like you didn’t know that about us.  Half the recipes on this blog are breakfast related. In fact, you can’t even WAIT until Faith Friday rolls around this week.  Stay tuned, friends.

The point here is that sometimes you need a snack that is healthy but still tastes like a dessert.  Enter German-Chocolate Fudge Bites.  They’re healthy but still very rich and indulgent.  The base is dates.  Don’t let that scare you.  I had never tasted a date in my life before I ate these.  I was pretty confident in the results because I’ve seen people use dates in a lot of raw desserts before so we went for it.  We like them.  The kids like them.  It was a win – win situation.  It took about one afternoon for them all to be gone and Heather and I decided that these would become a staple in our pantries.  Next time, though, we’ll probably quadruple the recipe.  Yep, they’re that good.


German-Chocolate Fudge Bites


3/4 cup pitted dates
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/16 tsp salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw pecans
optional: feel free to add some chocolate chips (we didn’t but that could only make them better!)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until everything is well chopped and mixed.
  2. Mush the dough together.  This is less messy if you put all of it into a plastic baggie so it doesn’t stick to your hands. Roll it into one big ball and then you can take it out of the bag and easily break off smaller pieces to roll into balls.
  3. Store in an air tight container and refrigerate for best results.  They’re much better cold!

Source: Chocolate Covered Katie


5 responses to “German-Chocolate Fudge Bites

  1. Dixie says:

    Help! I bought the chopped dates and put everything into a small food chopper but I can’t get mine to stick together enough to roll into balls. What do you think I did wrong?? It sure has a good flavor though…..been eating by the spoonful! 🙂

  2. Hmm what kind of dates did you use? We used Mariani pitted dates and the original author used Sunmaid. Perhaps the brand you bought were on the drier side? And did you dump it all in a baggie and mash it together in there? It was VERY crumbly at first and I can only imagine it would have been really hard to form together if we hadn’t put it in the baggie first. We’ll try to figure it out because these are too good to not have around, like, always! 🙂

    • Dixie says:

      Can’t remember the brand of dates I used and already threw the box out, but the thought did cross my mind that they seemed too dry. I did use the baggie trick but still couldn’t get them to stick together. I’ll try again sometime because they definitely are good tasting. Thanks!

  3. Tara says:

    I loved these!!! Added chocolate chips to mine. Will probably double it next time 🙂

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