Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls

Oatmeal Cookie Dough Balls

I have been searching for a delicious superfood ball recipe for a long time that is not too sweet and that has the perfect balance of carbs, protein and fat for a balanced mid-afternoon snack. Most superfood balls require dates as well as a liquid sweetener. The combination of maple syrup and dates is very carb-heavy, which tends to be best for a pre-workout snack. So when I found this recipe on kneadtocook.com, I was quite excited to try the recipe. These bites are the perfect nutrient-dense snack that can be customized to your liking with essentially any toppings that your taste buds desire. So far I’ve used pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cacao nibs and coconut flakes. The original recipe just called for chocolate chips, which resemble a traditional cookie dough batter. You could even use goji berries, raisins, chia seeds, and hemp hearts for a boost of protein. 

BP_CookieDoughBalls_Round2_2015These treats are so easy to make and have been so popular that I have already made three new batches within the last few days! Each time I have altered the recipe slightly adding new toppings in addition to chocolate chips. I always seem to resort back to the original recipe though.

 

BP_CookieDoughBalls_Round2-1_2015These bites can be left in the fridge or in the freezer, but either way, they won’t last very long! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 cups of oats (I used gluten-free and just under 1.5 cups otherwise the batter turns out too dry)
  • 1/2 cup of almond flour/meal (or half of a heaping cup of almonds ground into flour)
  • 1/4 tsp. or a dash of salt
  • 2 tbsp. of melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. of almond butter
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla bean powder or vanilla
  • 2 tsp. chocolate chips

How to Make:

  • Melt the coconut oil in the oven or on the stove
  • Blend the oats in a blender or Cuisinart
  • Blend the almonds in a blender or Cuisinart if you’re  not using pre-ground almond flour
  • Add the oats, almond flour and salt in a bowl
  • Using a mix master, hand beater or blender, combine the coconut oil, almond butter, and maple syrup until well combined
  • Mix the dry and wet ingredients together
  • Adjust depending on how moist/dry your batter is (I tend to add a little more coconut oil if the batter is too dry)
  • Mix in chocolate chips (if using) and toppings and form bite-sized balls
  • Place in fridge for 2-3 hours or until hardened
  • Enjoy!

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