December Recipes: Love Bites

by Narrelle Harris

I invented this recipe this year with advice from my vegan niece in part so we could have a new family traditional food together.



  • 250g pitted dates
  • 1 dessertspoon coconut oil
  • ½ cup almond meal (+ ¼ cup extra)
  • ½ cup dessicated or shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons raw cocoa powder (optional)


  • Natural crunchy peanut butter, crunchy (should be fairly thin and easily spread)
  • 1 punnet raspberries (or blueberries or whatever berry you like)
  • Thick coconut cream (thickened, separated cream from an unshaken tin of coconut cream. I used a 200g carton of KanTong coconut cream)


  • Blend dates and coconut oil in a blender until it is a thick paste.
  • Add ½ cup almond meal and the dessicated/shredded coconut and mix by hand until it forms a dense, sticky dough.
  • Roll the dough into small balls in the well of your hand and then flatten the balls into a disk.
  • Use the extra ¼ cup of almond meal to coat the case of the disk, so the sticky base won’t stick to the plate. (Makes twenty bases)
  • Lay disks out on a plate, almond-meal side down.
  • Spread a level teaspoon of natural crunchy peanut butter on top of each disk.
  • Add a few berries to the top of each disk.
  • Add a dollop of coconut cream on top of the berries.
  • Eat!
  • Try to stop.
  • Fail.
  • Eat some more.


  • Add 2 tablespoons of raw cocoa powder to the base mixture for that chocolately taste.
  • Add goji berries, almond pieces or other dried fruits and nuts to the base for different textures and flavour bombs
  • Add more almond meal to get a drier, more biscuity base.
  • If the coconut cream is too thin, make it thicker by adding chia seeds to coconut milk/cream and letting it sit for a while until you have a cream topping of the right consistency.


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