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The Bites

The Bites
Sitting with my Dad, listening to his favourite songs, this is what I miss.

Sitting with my Mum, helping her find a jumper, a handbag or a pair of trousers online, this is what I miss.

Sitting with my Grandma, having the many memories that we created fill the silence, this is what I miss.

Creating treats for the family that raised me, this is what I miss.

Doing all that is familiar right down to my core.

Doing all that I have always done.

Sharing all that I had with my kids.

This is what I miss. 

The Bites

  • 10 medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 20 dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
  • 2 cups puffed rice*
  • 100 grams dark chocolate, roughly broken (optional)**
  1. Place the dates and apricots into your food processor and blend at high speed until they are completely broken down, well combined and sticky.
  2. Add the coconut and vanilla and quickly combine.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
  4. Use your hands to work the puffed rice into the mixture.
  5. Press the mixture firmly into a loaf tin lined with baking paper over hanging the sides for easy removal. Mine measures 19.5cm x 9.5cm.
  6. Place the slice into the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight to set.
  7. Once the slice has set gently melt the chocolate in a small bowl.
  8. Remove the slice from the fridge and cut it into squares. I made 18.
  9. Use a teaspoon to lower each square into the melted chocolate. Turn to coat both sides.
  10. Once coated sit the chocolates onto a tray or container lined with baking paper and return to the fridge to set the chocolate.
  11. Serve. Eat. Enjoy.

*to make these grain free you can replace the puffed rice with puffed quinoa.
**you can omit the chocolate or you can whip up a homemade chocolate such as this one and spread it over the top of the slice if you prefer.

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