It all started a few weeks ago; I was scanning through my Instagram and came across a post by The Allergy Chef, one of the people that I enjoy following. She had put up a post about Tiger nuts being a great gluten, dairy, soy, grain & nut free alternative and provided a nice overview of them along with a link to some more comprehensive information about them.
This piqued my curiosity to learn more about them. The fact that they’re a great allergen-free alternative is just tip of the iceberg! They’re also a nutritional powerhouse! They’re a great prebiotic. They can be just enjoyed in so many ways, by the handful in their true form as a snack, or even used to make dairy-free milk or flour just to name a few.
I’ve always been mindful of incorporating probiotics into my daily diet, but recently have started making sure that I’m adding in lots of prebiotic foods into my diet as well, to keep my guy’s “good bacteria” happy & well fed. When I learned that tiger nuts may be a good resistant starch, I really got excited to start experimenting!
When I tasted them, to me they had a subtly sweet taste which I thought would go nicely used in a sweet treat. My wheels began turning with lots of ideas, but I decided to start with something quick and easy and came up with these tasty Chocolate Tiger Nut Crunch Bites! Lots more recipes using tiger nuts to come, so stay tuned!
Chocolate Tiger Nut Crunch Bites
These little bites are a decadent way to get in some extra prebiotics in a crunchy, chocolaty treat. Sweetened with liquid stevia, they’re a sweet you can feel good about enjoying!
1 cup unsweetened dark chocolate chips,100% cacao (I used Pascha Organic)
4-5 drops liquid stevia
1 1/2 cup of tiger nuts that have been soaked and dried (I used Anthony’s Organic Peeled Tiger Nuts)
Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper & set aside.
Place chocolate chips in a small saucepan and melt on low heat, stirring until melted, or place in a small microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 second increments, stirring after each increment until melted.
Once melted, remove from heat and add 4 drops of liquid stevia. Taste. Add another drop of not sweet enough for your individual taste (I don’t like things that are too sweet & the Tiger nuts have a sweetness to them).
Add 1 1/2 cups of Tiger nuts to the melted chocolate mixture and drop by teaspoonfuls on prepared baking sheet. Refrigerate until completely firm, at least 30 minutes . Makes about 2 dozen bites, depending on the size of your dollops! Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Prep Notes: This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, soy-free, Paleo and vegan