Change is the only thing constant in my cooking.Remember these Energy bites? I recreate the same recipe with change of ingredients for these tasty snack time bites, Barley flour and cocoa instead of wheat flour and a different sweetener and fat.Barley flour imparts soft and crumbly texture ,the cocoa and bitter sweet chocolate chips add an intense chocolate smack to the bites.
This particular barley flour purchased from the local Indian store had the fibrous look and feel,can also be seen in the end result of baking these bites.Barley flour is also available in other specialty stores.Its rich in protein and fiber but not free of gluten.
Recipe : Cocoa Barley Bites
Makes about 15 bites, 1 1/2 inch each.
1 1/2 cup Barley flour
2 heaping tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup dried fruits(raisins,cherries,cranberries or others)
2 tablespoon (about 1 ounce) bitter sweet chocolate chips(with at least 60% cocoa)
1 1/2 tablespoon Virgin pressed coconut oil(can also use Pure ghee)
2 tablespoon Agave nectar or Pure Honey
2 tablespoon water
pinch of salt
In a mixing bowl,combine the flour,cocoa powder,dried fruit and chocolate chips.In another container melt the coconut oil or ghee in microwave oven or on stove top,stir in the sweetener(agave nectar or honey).Combine this wet mixture in the flour mixture,add the water and using hands bring the mixture together.The mixture does not feel like the cookie dough,its much dense and easy to work with hands.Take about a tablespoon of mixture each time and shape round and flat.Lay on a baking sheet.
Bake at 325F for 12-15 minutes.Let cool on rack.Serve with reduced fat milk on side.Taste best the same day.Can be store in air tight container for 2-3 days.