March 6, 2022

Red Velvet Bites

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Red velvet desserts have a new addition waiting to be enjoyed! My recipe for Red Velvet Bites come together with beets, cocoa powder, hemp hearts, almond butter and sweet paprika that enriches the colour and nutritional benefits of these tasty little morsels. They are the healthier alternative to my Ruby Red Velvet Cookies recipe and if you want to make nut–free bites, tahini is a great substitute for nut butter.
Red Velvet Bites on a small white plate painted with decorative lavender.

These bites can be made with or without a food processor.

What you’ll need to make this recipe

Fun Fact

Paprika

Capsicum annuum–Paprika is rich in various vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, A, copper and iron. It was originally used for seasoning and for its healing properties by the First Nations people from Central America, the Caribbean and Central Mexico before being introduced to Europe by Christopher Columbus.

Paprika is used in many cuisines all over the world from stew, garnish, paella, dessert, fish and seafood, roasted vegetables, sauce and jambalaya. There are three varieties of paprika: hot, sweet and smoked. Regular paprika is the variety you find in the glass jars at the grocery store that have a basic flavour profile. No bells and whistles. It is ideal when used as a garnish for your devilled eggs, shepherd’s pie or a dish that requires paprika and you just want something that will provide the foundation for your recipe. If you want more flavourful notes to be enhanced in your recipes then go with a Hungarian Spanish variety. Both offer hot, sweet and smoked options

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Red Velvet Bites with purple sprinkles and Christmas decoration in the background.

Red Velvet Bites


  • Author: Jordana Eloise
  • Total Time: 25–40 minutes
  • Yield: 2630 bites 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Let’s add some creative fun in the kitchen for the holidays! These healthy Red Velvet bites are the perfect holiday treat that you can put your own touch in the design. Pick some of your favourite colours or highlight your holiday theme. Get silly and have a good time decorating. Use sprinkles, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, chopped nuts and just as yummy without decorations. If you want to make this a nut–free version opt to use tahini as an alternative. If you have tried my Red Velvet Muffins recipe then you will love this treat. With some surprising ingredients these Red Velvet Bites are a perfect snack to suppress that midday sweet craving.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup (heaping) grated beets
  • 1 1/2 cups oats
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa (Dutch Processed)
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed ground or whole
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or granulated sugar
  • 17 dates
  • 3/4 cup (180g) almond butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon red food colouring *optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Start by lining a baking tray that is freezer friendly with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Next, pit dates and set aside.
  3. Then wash, peel and grate ½ cup of beets. 2–3 small beets. Place in a small pan or pot and cook covered on low–medium heat for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let sit covered in the pan and off the burner until cool. Around twenty minutes.
    Grated beets with pan Grated beets on stove
  4. Next, place oats, cocoa powder, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp hearts, ground cinnamon, paprika and sugar (if using) in a food processor and process until combined and resembles coarse sand. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  5. Then put dates in the food processor and pulse until it is blended. Add vanilla extract, food colouring and almond butter and mix until well combined. About 20 to 30 seconds.
  6. Next, add the dry ingredients to the date mixture in the food processor. Start by pulsing a few times then blend until the mixture comes together and is combined. About 1 to 3 minutes.
    Dry ingredients with date mixture  
  7. Alternatively you can blend the dry ingredients then place in a large bowl, stir in the mini chocolate chips and set aside.
    Red Velvet Bites-dry ingredients-Mini Chocolate chips Red Velvet Bites-dry ingredients-Mini Chocolate chips mixed
  8. Add the date mixture to the dry ingredients and gently blend together by hand until the mixture is fully combined. I do a slicing / gentle chopping then folding motion until everything comes together. 5 to 10 minutes.
    Combined wet and dry ingredients 
  9. Then using a tablespoon, grab some of the date mixture and roll into balls and place a lined baking sheet. Continue until the mixture is finished. Cover and freeze. You can place it in freezer bags after the bites are fully frozen and store in the freezer for up to two months.
  10. If you are adding sprinkles, chocolate chips, cocoa or nuts, thaw the bites before you start decorating.
    Holiday Red Velvet Bites-instructional step 1 with purple sprinkles Holiday Red Velvet Bites-step 2 with purple sprinkles

Notes

Q: Can I substitute dried beets for this recipe?
A: Yes. Unsalted beet chips can be used in place of fresh beets.

Q: What is the quantity needed for beet chips in this recipe?
A: ½ cup of beet chips are required for this recipe.

Q: Can I freeze the bites after they have been decorated?
A: For the best results, please do not freeze decorated bites.

  • Prep Time: 25–40 minutes

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