Spicy Chocolate Cherry Snack Bites (Featuring MIA ROSA Wine)


Disclosure: This blog post is sponsored by MIA ROSA Wine. All opinions are my own.

I’ve been wanting to make a new snack bite recipe for the longest time and I couldn’t be more excited to roll out these unique bite-size snacks with a wine pairing for the record books! I’m partnering with MIA ROSA wine for this post and I’m 100% confident you’ll love both the snack bites and the wine, just as much as I do!
Energy or snack bites (whatever you want to call them!) are the best invention ever. There’s nothing like throwing a bunch of whole and nutritious ingredients in a food processor, grinding it up and rolling it into a delicious ball to be enjoyed throughout the day. And these chocolate cherry snack bites are truly the PERFECT pairing for MIA ROSA Dolce Rosso. With a lower alcohol content, MIA ROSA is an inviting and semi-sweet sparkling wine, meant to be enjoyed any time of the day- just like these snack bites. And both MIA ROSA and these chocolate cherry bites will be a hit at your next happy hour or girl’s night!
Check out those amazing ingredients- from dried cherries to medjool dates to cacao powder- these bites are exploding with flavor and nutrition. Chocolate + cherry pairs perfectly with MIA ROSA’s semi-sweet, semi-sparkling, Dolce Rosso. It’s a sweet, sassy and classy wine created in Italy and available for online order. PLUS you get free shipping on your first order when you join their club!​ And in case you’re wondering (because I sure was the first time I heard about MIA ROSA)- their wine won’t break the bank! It’s an unpretentious, straightforward wine that demands your attention, but not your pocketbook.

Okay- let’s make these snack bites. They are PACKED with flavor and nutrition, BUT grain free, dairy free, no sugar added and vegan, making them perfect for almost every diet!
.KISS Tip #1: ​These almonds just need a good 10-15 seconds in the food processor- you want small pieces for this recipe- not almond flour
The other ingredients are easily tossed in after the almonds and the mixture blends with ease. If it does get a little stuck, a tablespoon of water or so will do the trick!
KISS Tip #2: Always enjoy a glass of wine while cooking.
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MIA ROSA wines embody spontaneity and a passion for adventure, both of which are reflected in these energy bites. There’s something about drinking wine while developing a recipe that makes you think outside the box. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but deciding to throw in a pinch of cayenne pepper in the mix was a home-run decision.​ The subtle spice truly makes these snack bites stand out! ​I guess you could say these “bites have a bite to them” ;).
KISS Tip #3: Skip the cayenne and opt for cinnamon if you’re looking for a flavor boost without a zing!

KISS Spicy Chocolate Cherry Snack Bites
Time: 20 minutes
Makes approximately 20 snack bites


Ingredients

1 cup roasted, unsalted whole almonds
1 1/2 cups Natural Delights Medjool Dates, pitted
3/4 cups dried cherries
2 Tbsp Navitas Naturals cacao powder (if needed, regular cocoa will sub fine)
3 Tbsp mini chocolate chips
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions
1.) Soak pitted Medjool Dates in hot water for 3-5 minutes; drain.
2.) While Medjool dates are soaking, place almonds in food processor for 10-15 seconds until broken in small pieces (see above photo).
3.) Add drained Medjool dates (it’s okay if they are fairly wet), cacao powder and cayenne. Blend for 30-45 seconds until well incorporated. If ingredients are sticking to side or bottom, add 1-2 teaspoons of water and process until well incorporated.
4.) Add cherries and process for additional ~20 seconds. Stir in mini chocolate chips.
5.) Using your hands, roll mixture into 1 inch size balls and place on parchment paper.
6.) Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week and enjoy with a glass of MIA ROSA Dolce Rosso. Cheers!

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12 Responses

  1. OK – loving those snack bites AND my daughter’s name is Mia Rose so clearly I must check out this wine!!

    1. Hi Deanna! How neat! Definitely meant to be :). It’s a really unique wine that’s meant to be enjoyed any time of the day…I’m all about that! And I love your daughter’s name; so beautiful.

  2. These look like the perfect treat to address any chocolate or sweet craving… And gotta love the wine pairing 😉

    1. Hi Christy! Yes- they definitely satisfy all cravings and go perfectly with this semi-sweet sparkling wine! Cheers!

  3. These look so yummy! The kick of cayenne is perfect, and you can NEVER go wrong with chocolate and cherries 🙂

    1. Oooo yes! I thought about doing a mix of cherries and blueberries; maybe dehydrate some of those too 🙂

  4. There is 100% everything going right with this post- I love it! Please please please send me one lol (virtually), I need a chocolate fix right now!

  5. I love energy bites and these looked awesome so I tried making them yesterday and they turned out so good! I will definitely be trying them again. Thank you!

    1. I’m so excited that you made them! Thanks so much for letting me know; really happy to hear they were a hit. All of mine are gone now so it’s definitely time for another batch!

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