Dishing Up the Dirt

Chocolate Cardamom Oat Bites

Before I get to this recipe I wanted to say a big fat THANK YOU to everyone for your sweet comments, emails and instagram messages regarding my last post. I had tears in my eyes reading some of them. It’s because of all you amazing people that I get to do what I love and I honestly cannot wait to share the cookbook with you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I wanted to end this week with something sweet because it’s been one heck of a few days with more snow, freezing rain and late nights spent out at the greenhouses shoveling snow off the roofs. We’re ready for spring and these little balls of sweet goodness are just what the doctor ordered. I love that these can be eaten for breakfast with a cup of coffee and a side of yogurt or simply as an afternoon snack when my sweet tooth kicks in. These little bursts of energy only take 15 minute to prepare (seriously….Taylor timed me) so you can happily be snacking away in no time. I hope you all enjoy these little treats as much as we do.

Cheers from Tumbleweed Farm.

Chocolate Cardamom Oat Bites

Prep Time: 15 minutes    Cook Time: 0 minutes    Serves: 12 bites

  • 1 cup firmly packed Medjool dates, pitted (if they aren't super soft or seem dry soak them in boiling water for 10 minutes)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted cashew butter (can sub almond butter or peanut butter)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups old fashioned rolled oats (GF if necessary)


  1. Place all the ingredients, minus the oats, in a food processor. Process until a ball of dough forms. Taste test and adjust flavors as necessary.
  2. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add half of the rolled oats. Mix well with a wooden spoon or your bare hands (the mixture will be sticky but that's totally fine!) Add the remaining oats and continue to work them in until well combined.
  3. Roll the dough into about 12 small balls and store in the fridge until ready to eat.


*Use this recipe as a guide *Adjust measurements and ingredients as necessary *Taste test as you go

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6 thoughts on “Chocolate Cardamom Oat Bites

  1. Darcy Harding says:

    I love this recipe and make them often!!! I made them for a vacation in Hawaii!!!
    I wanted to congratulate you on your success with the Dishing up the Dirt site, and your cookbook!!!!
    I’m a Barre3 instructor here in Lo and love your mom, Liz and of course your sister Amy!!!
    Thx, Darcy Harding

  2. says:

    Great post! These look easy and delicious!

  3. Jewel McKenzie says:

    I’m thinking you could easily flatten these little gems, put a little indent in the side and “voila!”……a heart-healthy treat for Valentines Day! What could be better, right Andrea?! Thank you for another wonderful recipe 🙂

  4. Tricia Berkow says:

    I made the mistake of boiling my dates too long so the mixture never formed into a ball so I turned this into oatmeal fudge….yummy!

  5. Kathryn says:

    Will a Vitamix blender work in place of food processor? Total kitchen rookie here…

    1. Andrea says:

      I think a Vitamix should work here!

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