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Raw vegan mojito bites

I seem to develop a new food obsession every couple of months. I went through a period of intense and insatiable grapefruit lust a few months ago – there was nothing more delicious in the world to me than a ripe grapefruit at that time, and I ate one almost every day. Right now I’m in a berry bubble. If you haven’t noticed, berries have appeared on my blog a lot recently, and it’s because I’m absolutely obsessed with them nearly to the point of dependency.

My craving for berries is nowhere near over, but I’m starting to feel the intensity ease up a little now that the initial excitement from all this newly seasonal fruit has settled some. And right on cue, a new craving has emerged: Mint. Guys, I’m losing my mind over this stuff right now.

Raw Vegan Mojito Bites

The beautiful spring weather we’re having right now in Georgia (on the days it isn’t pouring down rain, at least) has me wistfully dreaming of sipping cocktails on patios in the sunshine. It won’t be long now before the bully that is summer in Georgia comes to scare away this brief moment of fair weather, replacing it with a beatdown of searing sun rays and suffocating chokehold of humidity. Of course I’m exaggerating, but only a little.

Anyway, we’ve been too busy for cocktails on patios lately, so I’ve been entertaining myself by recreating the flavor of one of my favorites at home, one that just so happens to feature my food obsession of the moment. Mmmmmmmojitos!

Raw Vegan Mojito Bites

The mojito is a mixture of rum and club soda, flavored with the refreshing additions of lime and mint that have been muddled with sugar. The flavor is so clean and crisp with the herbal aromas of lime zest and mint leaves scented throughout. The sugar never fully dissolves, and instead soaks up the other flavors, making for a sweet and flavorful sip with lots of texture.

These mojito bites are made with nothing more than nuts, dates, lime, mint, and agave to sweeten. I’ve rolled them in sugar to recreate that gritty undissolved sugar you get in the bottom of the glass – my favorite part. And guys, they really do taste like mojitos! It’s a perfect replica! Sans booze, of course.

Raw Vegan Mojito Bites

I’ve been keeping these in the refrigerator so I can enjoy them cold, just like a cocktail. Every bite is a burst of fresh mint and lime, and I especially love getting to lick the minty sugar off my fingers afterwards.

For a clutch of poppable minty snacks to curb your own cocktail cravings, follow these easy steps…

Raw vegan mojito bites

All the flavor of the classic summertime cocktail with none of the hangover.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Makes 22 to 24 bites


  • 1 cup raw unsalted macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 3/4 cup chopped dates
  • 3/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 4 tbsp. fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • the zest of 2 limes
  • 1 tsp. raw agave nectar
  • pinch salt
  • white sugar for rolling

Cooking Directions

  1. In a food processor, pulse together nuts until small. Add dates and pulse to combine.
  2. Add in mint, juice, zest, agave, and salt. Process until a paste is formed.
  3. Pinch off small bits of the paste and roll into balls. Roll balls in sugar.
  4. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Best part: No hangover!  Second best part: No straw clogged with mint leaves! Third best part: No giving yourself a headache trying to suck the mint leaves up through the straw! Fourth best part: No deciding it might work better to blow the mint back down the straw and having half the drink explode out of your glass as the mint shoots out of the straw like a cannon!

Just me? Ok.

Raw Vegan Mojito Bites

Oh, and they’re completely raw and vegan too. Nifty!

UPDATE: As a reader pointed out, white table sugar is usually not a raw or vegan product. Bone char, a product made from charring animal bones, is often used to de-colorize sugar for that bright white look. Even sugars labelled as raw often are not. Usually they are processed into white sugar before adding back some of the natural molasses to appear less processed. When making this recipe, I fully intended to use truly raw and vegan sugar but didn’t realize I was out of it until it was too late. I meant to say something about it but forgot. If it’s important to you that these snacks are indeed raw and vegan, be sure to read the labels on your sugar products carefully or omit altogether. Sucanat may be your best bet. It is a dehydrated sugar that retains all of it’s natural molasses, making it one of the least processed sugars available.

What flavors are you craving right now?

What cocktail would you like to have in a bite-sized treat?



Strawberry almond bark

I’m about to have a real problem on my hands…

I still have leftover matcha bars in my kitchen and I have two more desserts planned for testing next week. Crossing my fingers and hoping that every piece of this strawberry almond bark gets eaten this Easter weekend so that I don’t end up with 4 desserts in my house, because I will eat them all if there’s no one there to stop me. It’s a mathematical certainty.

Strawberry almond bark

I LOVE sweets. I try my best to answer my cravings with fruit, but oftentimes I’ll finish my apple or grapefruit or what-have-you and be left thinking, “Well that was good, but it sure wasn’t cake. I wish it would have been cake.” If it’s not a cookie or worse, my body just does not consider it sugar. Does anyone else have this problem?

Strawberry almond bark

Strawberry almond bark

I like to think that eating a little sliver of this strawberry almond bark, with it’s creamy white chocolate base and tart little berry bits, is better than downing two slices of birthday cake (which I totally did this weekend.) It has fruit on it, so it’s healthy right? Haha. My brain can talk me into anything.

Strawberry almond bark

A pink and pretty strawberry almond candy that's quick and easy to whip up.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 (11oz.) bag of white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries

Cooking Directions

  1. Pour white chocolate chips into a heat-safe bowl and microwave for 20 seconds, then stir. Continue microwaving and stirring in 20 second intervals until white chocolate is fully melted.
  2. Crush half of the freeze dried strawberries into the white chocolate and mix through, then pour the mixture onto a wax paper lined baking sheet and spread evenly with a spatula.
  3. Sprinkle over the sliced almonds and remaining strawberries and gently pat into the chocolate.
  4. Refrigerate or freeze until hardened, then slice into irregular pieces. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Strawberry almond bark

I’m taking the last of this bark to Easter lunch with family to try to unload it. There will be more birthday cake there, wish me luck.

Do you have an unbridled lust for sugar that cannot be tamed?



Bar Exam: Clif Mojo white chocolate macadamia

If you recall, I’ve reviewed a Clif Mojo bar before- the peanut butter pretzel flavor. You may also recall that while I didn’t hate it, I definitely didn’t think I’d purchase one again. Well lo and behold I went and did just that when I stumbled upon this delightful looking white chocolate macadamia flavor.

I love white chocolate, and macadamia nuts. What could go wrong?

Clif Mojo white chocolate macadamia

Let’s start with the stats. 190 calories with 11 grams of sugar and 8 grams of protein. All well and good here.

Mojo WCM ingredients

The ingredient list is mostly organic with very few funky ingredients to complain about.

Mojo WCM unwrapped

Appearance: Chunky with puffed rice, pretzel bits, macadamia pieces, and white chocolate chunks all held together by a shiny colorless glaze. One side of the bar has more pretzel pieces while the other seems to have all the white chocolate chunks.

Mojo WCM pretzel bitMojo WCM white choc chip

Texture: Everything has a very satisfying crunch to it from the crackling puffed rice to the crisp pretzel bits. The nuts and chocolate pieces have a similar oily smoothness and density that feels good as they give way under the strength of your bite.

Mojo WCM bite

Taste: There is a very surprising saltiness right from the start. It’s not like individual salt crystals dissolving on your tongue either, but more of an all over saltiness as if the bar was painted with saltwater. It’s jarring at first, the acrid iodine flavor washed over everything makes your jaw tingle just under the ears like you’ve bitten into a lemon.

It’s great when you bite into a white chocolate chip and the saltiness combines with the sweet to make one cohesive flavor, but since the distribution of ingredients isn’t homogenous, some bites are a mouthful of sweet chocolate while others are just an unpleasant saltlick.

As for the macadamias, they’re barely noticeable. There is a faint nuttiness in the back of your throat if you’re looking for it, but really it’s not a huge part of the overall flavor of the bar.

Mojo WCM Liam sniffing

Overall, while I didn’t hate it I didn’t really “get it” either. The pretzel bits seemed out of place entirely and the saltwater flavor was just impossible to get past. I would have liked this better if the nuts were salted rather than the binder and if the whole thing were better distributed so that most bites will have a bit of everything in them.

I’m really just not feeling this whole “put pretzels in everything” business that Clif Mojo has going on, so this product line as a whole is probably just not for me. And I can’t for the life of me figure out what is giving the entire bar that bathed in saltwater taste when there doesn’t seem to be a colossal amount of sodium in it.

Also….where my macadamias at!?!? What a tease.

What is your favorite nut? (I’m a cashew and hazelnut fan myself.)