March 11, 2013

Chocolate Oat Balls


I'm revisiting this recipe from a year ago because I wanted to get better photos and reiterate how amazing these little things are. In all honesty, I can't remember the last time I made just a single batch. I'm so out of control with these, the past two times have been a quadruple batch. Quadruple! They're a great (healthier) treat that my husband loves to take to work almost everyday. I also like them for quick snacks and dessert because they don't leave me feeling heavy and full. Everyone I know who's tried these loves them - hope you do too! For peanut-free, simply substitute almond butter (or other nut butter).


Vegan (with vegan chocolate), gluten-free (with gluten-free oats)
Makes a small batch, about 6-8 small balls


Ingredients
1/4 cup agave/honey
1/4 cup peanut butter, or other nut butter
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or dark)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup almonds, crushed
1/8 cup ground flax seed
1/8 cup sunflower seeds

Directions
Melt peanut butter and honey in a pan over medium heat.
Add remaining ingredients. (To crush whole almonds, I place them in a ziploc bag on a cutting board and crush with rolling pin.)
Stir with spatula for a couple minutes to combine until chocolate thoroughly melts.
Remove from heat and let sit in pan at least 10 minutes to cool.
When it cools enough to touch, mold into balls. They will harden further as they sit for a while. We store ours in an airtight container in the fridge.

Tip: when I make large batches, after molding them into balls I put them on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for about a half hour, then remove and place them in a sealed tupperware in the fridge for storage. This way they're already chilled and hardened and don't stick together upon hardening in the fridge.

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27 comments:

  1. Brilliant, I am going to try these. I think my hubby and wee boy would love them too :) Pinned!

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    1. Thanks Jacqueline! Hope you all enjoy them! :)

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  2. oh yum! These look delicious & the kids will LOVE them! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Always great to have some healthier treats for the kiddos (and us!) ;)

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  3. Mmm these look amazing! gorgeous photos :)

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  4. We have made these several times and my girls adore them. I admit, I love them too. =) I don't blame you for making a quadruple batch, a single batch would be gone before they even hit the counter around here!

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    1. Hey Leah! I'm so happy your girls like them - it's a great treat for everyone! I think quadruple batches are the new single batches in our household now ;)

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  5. These sound so good! I'm always looking for healthy snacks that taste indulgent. :)

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    1. Hi Kiersten! Thanks, hope you get a chance to try these. We are so addicted :)

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  6. These look fantastic! Any idea on the "Nutritional Stats"? :) Thanks!

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    1. Hi there! I don't provide nutritional stats, but if you'd like to calculate your own you can try this website:
      http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
      I've heard it's pretty straightforward and easy to use. Hope that helps! :)

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  7. How essential is the oats? Any suggestions for a substitution? I don't eat any grain. Would cooked quinoa work? Or perhaps chia since it absorbs liquid and binds things together?

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    1. Hi Andrea! The honey, peanut butter, and chocolate are what binds these together so you wouldn't have to worry about finding something to do that. We love the oats, but you could surely try quinoa. I actually have yet to try chia seeds, but this would probably be a fantastic recipe to try them out in! You could also just increase the nuts and sunflower seeds if you want. I'll let you know if I can think of anything else. Would love to hear if you try them!

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  8. Do you have the nutritional value? Calorie counts would be beneficial.

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    1. Hi there! I don't provide nutritional stats, but if you'd like to calculate your own you can try this website:
      http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php
      I've heard it's pretty straightforward and easy to use. Hope that helps! :)

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  9. These look amazing! Do you think I could replace chia seeds in place of the sunflower seeds? I just don't have any on hand :/

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    1. Hi there! I bet that would be great (though I have yet to try chia seeds!) Would LOVE to hear if you try it out! :) Enjoy!

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  10. Do you think you can add protein powder to this recipe?

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    1. Oh awesome idea! I'd never thought to do that, but I bet it would go great! Definitely trying it next time for a little more oomph of protein :)

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  11. Looks yummy...and healthy.
    Can you suggest a substitution for Peanut butter, please? Thank you....

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    1. Is it for a peanut allergy? If so, almond butter or other nut butters would work perfectly!

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    2. Thank you so much for replying. Didn't check your message earlier.
      My husband doesn't really like taste of peanut butter, so I will try other recommendations. Thanks again...

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    3. Good luck! Hope you and your husband love it! :)

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  12. I thought your Chocolate Oat Balls would be a 5-star recipe but turns out they are a "6" in my kitchen! Tasty treat!!!

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    1. Hi Donna! Oh YAY!!! Haha thanks for the sweet comment. So glad you enjoyed them so much! :)

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    2. Love them... I do!!! Have made them several times. Even eating only one satisfies me, and that is important! GREAT recipe! I hope others try them!!!

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