March 5, 2013

Almond Mandarin Bites

Simplicity.



Sometimes life is just better when you keep it simple.

I'm all about simplifying my life lately.  Of course when it comes to food, I've kept it pretty simple for over two years now......a whole foods, plant based diet is about as uncomplicated as you can get!  Nothing processed, nothing made in a factory, nothing artificial, nothing you can't pronounce (well, except for maybe quinoa.....). 

I was fortunate enough to spend some time with a very special family this past weekend.  Among many other amazing dishes (don't worry, I'll post recipes soon), I was served these little bite-sized cookies in the afternoon with Greek coffee. 

I think the reason these stood out to me so much, is because they were so incredibly delicious, but so incredibly simple. 

Three ingredients.  That's it.

And they tasted better than cookies that contain a billion ingredients (most of which you might not be able to pronounce!). 

I've always loved the combination of almond and fruit - add in a little bit of sugar, and you have these little cookie bites.  Of course, my mind is in creative overload thinking of the possibilities to which this basic recipe could serve as a foundation.....lemon coconut, key lime coconut.....

But then I find myself coming back to the reason I fell in love with these little bites in the first place.....simplicity.  So feel free to change this recipe up, make it your own, get crazy with ingredients that tickle your fancy.

But this time, I think I'll just keep it simple....

Love & Kale,
Ali


Almond Mandarin Bites

Like little cookie dough balls, these bites are so delicious.  The freshness of the orange flavor, along with almond and a touch of sugar, make such a classic combination perfect for afternoon coffee or tea.  Or breakfast, which is when I've been eating them.....

Yield: 12 bites

Print here.

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup raw, unsalted blanched almonds
  • 3 small mandarin oranges (or clementines, which is what I used)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract (optional)
  • Powdered sugar
Instructions:
  1. Place the almonds in a food processor and process until a fine flour is produced.
  2. Zest and juice the oranges, and add to the almond flour.  Add the almond extract.  Mix until combined.  If needed, add a little water until dough forms.
  3. Roll the dough into bite-sized pieces.  Roll in the powdered sugar.
  4. Refrigerate or freeze the bites until firm.  Keep in an air tight container in the fridge or freezer.  ENJOY!
3 ingredients

Process the almonds until a fine flour is formed (use blanched almonds....like I didn't)


Almond Mandarin Bites - YUM

 
 
 

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