Chocolate Coconut Love Bites

On Valentine’s Day 2013 my dad turns 90. He’s a gracious 90, easygoing and content. Visiting him in the nursing home where he’s been living for almost a year is touching. While it’s hard for the residents to relate easily to one another, they all seem to relate to music. Every Friday The Anniversary Song is played at Oneg Shabbat, the pre-Sabbath celebration. ”Oh, how we danced on the night we were wed” — My parents’ sing the lyrics as they take to the floor, keeping their romance alive. 

My parents marriage is a normal marriage, with normal ups and downs. I’ve been able to take the ups as a model. I watch them proudly, with tears for what was, what is and what will come.

Valentine’s Day is THE day for romance. These Chocolate Coconut Love Bites are the flavour of romance. Try them on your loved one, and let me know how much swooning ensues.

Chocolate Coconut Love Bites

Chocolate Coconut Love Bites

  • 1/2 c sunflower seeds
  • 1 c unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 T cocoa powder (cacao powder used here)
  • Mejool dates, soaked for 5 minutes, stems removed, then pitted
  • 2 T cashew butter (or other nut butter)
  • 2/3 c chocolate chips
  • 2 T sesame seeds

Chocolate Coconut Love Bites

In a food processor, coarsely chop the sunflower seeds. Add the shredded coconut and cocoa powder, blending briefly. Remove mixture to a small bowl.

Briefly chop the dates in the food processor. Add in the sunflower seed and cocoa mixture, blending just enough to combine the ingredients. Add the cashew butter and blend briefly. Add in chocolate chips and pulse just a few times until they are combined into the dough.

Chocolate Coconut Love Bites

Form the dough into little bite-sized balls or heart shapes. Dip them in the sesame seeds. Place them on a flat surface and freeze them for at least 1 hour. Makes 2 dozen Chocolate Coconut Love Bites. Serves 8.

Chocolate Coconut Love Bites Print Ready Recipe

Chocolate Coconut Love Bites

Final notes:

  • This recipe is inspired by Alyssa Rimmer, the Queen of Quinoa. It is a most delicious treat. 
  • Thanks to Geneviève Robert for bringing these tasty bites to a Shri Yoga potluck dinner.
  • Happy St. Valentine’s Day!
  • Here are the lyrics to Al Jolson’s “The Anniversary Song” (See the original post for a video of my parents dancing):

Oh, how we danced on the night we were wed

We vowed our true love, though a word wasn’t said

The world was in bloom, there were stars in the skies

Except for the few that were there in your eyes

Dear, as I held you close in my arms

Angels were singing a hymn to your charms

Two hearts gently beating, murmuring low

“Darling, I love you so”

The night seemed to fade into blossoming dawn

The sun shone anew but the dance lingered on

Could we but recall that sweet moment sublime

We’d find that our love is unaltered by time

Darling, I love you so

The night seemed to fade into blossoming dawn

The sun shone anew but the dance lingered on

Could we but recall that sweet moment sublime

We’d find that our love is unaltered by time

olly blogs about cooking healthy, tasty food at Jittery Cook sharing somewhat amusing details about her experiences and influences. 

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