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Chocolate-Covered Prune Bites Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 1 cup pitted prunes
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 tsp coconut oil

Special equipment needed:
- Food processor
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper

Step-by-step instructions:

1. In a food processor, pulse the pitted prunes until they form a sticky paste.
2. Add almond butter, maple syrup, cocoa powder, and salt to the food processor and pulse until well combined.
3. Using a small cookie scoop or a spoon, form the mixture into small balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
4. Freeze the balls for 30 minutes.
5. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate chips and coconut oil in 30-second intervals, stirring in between until smooth.
6. Dip each frozen prune bite into the melted chocolate mixture, using a fork to coat it evenly.
7. Place the chocolate-covered prune bites back on the parchment-lined baking sheet and refrigerate until the chocolate is set.
8. Serve and enjoy!

- Time:
Preparation time: 15 minutes
- Freezing time: 30 minutes
- Refrigeration time: 30 minutes
- Cooking time: 2-3 minutes
- Freeze for 30 minutes
- Refrigerate until chocolate is set
Serving size:
- Makes approximately 20 prune bites

Nutritional information:
- Calories: 90
- Fat: 5g
- Carbohydrates: 11g
- Fiber: 2g
- Protein: 2g

Substitutions for ingredients:
- Almond butter can be substituted with any nut butter of your choice.
- Maple syrup can be substituted with honey or agave nectar.
- Dark chocolate chips can be substituted with milk chocolate chips or white chocolate chips.

- Add chopped nuts or shredded coconut to the prune mixture for added texture.
- Use different types of dried fruit, such as dates or figs, instead of prunes.

Tips and tricks:
- Wet your hands with water before rolling the prune mixture into balls to prevent sticking.
- Use a toothpick to help dip the prune bites into the melted chocolate.
- Store the chocolate-covered prune bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Storage instructions:
- Store the chocolate-covered prune bites in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Reheating instructions:
- No reheating necessary.

Presentation ideas:
- Serve the chocolate-covered prune bites on a decorative platter or in a small bowl.

- Sprinkle chopped nuts or shredded coconut on top of the chocolate-covered prune bites for added texture.

- Serve with a glass of red wine for a delicious dessert pairing.

Suggested side dishes:
- These prune bites make a great standalone dessert, but can also be served with fresh fruit or a cheese plate.

Troubleshooting advice:
- If the prune mixture is too dry, add a tablespoon of water at a time until it reaches the desired consistency.
- If the chocolate is too thick, add a teaspoon of coconut oil at a time until it thins out.

Food safety advice:
- Make sure to wash your hands and all equipment thoroughly before preparing this recipe.
- Store the chocolate-covered prune bites in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage.

Food history:
- Prunes have been enjoyed for centuries and were originally grown in China before being brought to Europe in the Middle Ages.

Flavor profiles:
- These chocolate-covered prune bites have a sweet and slightly tart flavor with a rich chocolate coating.

Serving suggestions:
- Serve these prune bites as a sweet treat after dinner or as a midday snack.

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Taste: Rich, Sweet, Chocolatey, Fruity