I’m back in Oklahoma but it doesn’t feel real. My last few stops back in my home state could be categorized as temporary layovers to my next destination. This time I will be home for awhile. It is weird but good to be home. Although the travel bug hasn’t completely be quenched, my next adventure will have to wait for a bit, but in the meantime I will be dreaming of far away places.
You know when you really want something to work and it just doesn’t. You ignore all the signs and trudge forward with abandoned. I do this in cooking and sometimes in my life. There was a quote I couldn’t get out of my mind so I did what anyone would do. I googled it. Ah The Holiday. If you haven’t seen this movie, do it. I don’t care it is still summer and the movie is set at Christmas time. So in the movie Kate Winslet says, “very square peg, very round hole.” I don’t know why this quote of all things kept popping up in my mind, but it did and it gave me comfort. Sometimes things just don’t work because they never fit to begin with.
Ok now I’m done with my vague realization, let’s talk about these no-bake german chocolate bites. Despite the name, German chocolate isn’t actually from Germany! Even though this is true, German chocolate cake was always part of my childhood. Even my German relatives thought it was German! When I was little, I would get so excited when I saw chocolate cake only to be disappointed when it was German chocolate. I didn’t like shredded coconut or pecans. Thank goodness for changing taste buds.
- 12 medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup pecan halves
- 1 tsp water
- 1/4 cup enjoy life chocolate chips
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Mix dates, coconut and vanilla together in a food processor.
- Once combined, mix in pecans and water.
- Use a tablespoon cookie scoop to make balls with the mixture.
- You will want to make sure you roll them tightly.
- Place on a baking sheet and put into the freezer for 1 hour.
- In a double boiler, melt enjoy life chips and coconut oil.
- Dip frozen balls into the chocolate and coat thoroughly.
- Place onto a lined baking sheet and store in the fridge.
- Once chocolate is set, store in an airtight container and leave in the fridge.