Chocolate Pecan Bites
Makes about 12 to 14 small bites
½ cup cocoa butter
½ cup raw cocoa powder
2 cups pecans, lightly toasted
½ vanilla bean
3 tablespoons agave or maple syrup, to taste
Line a small tray or flat plate with parchment paper. In a small saucepan set over low heat, melt the cocoa butter. Stir in the cocoa powder and set aside.
In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, grind the pecans into a paste, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides. Slowly add in the cocoa butter mixture, salt, the seeds of the vanilla bean, and agave to taste.
Turn the mixture into a bowl and using a teaspoon, shape small balls or bites and set on the parchment-lined tray. Put into the refrigerator until set. Serve at room temperature.