Although I eat a lot whole grains, vegetables and legumes throughout the day, I have a bad habit of having something sweet after both lunch and dinner. It’s a habit that I’m trying to break, as I know sweet treats should be…well…treats! They should not be a twice-a-day sort of thing. Nor should they be full of processed sugar and oil. But I’m such a sucker for my mom’s vegan chocolate raspberry shortbread bars. *drools* As of late, I’ve been trying out different “treat” recipes that are made with natural sugars (mainly pure maple) and filled with both protein and fibre. These energy bites fit the bill AND they are so decadent and chocolately. *swoons*
These double chocolate bad boys are incredibly easy to make. The base is a combination of rolled oats (ground into a coarse flour), pure maple and unsweetened almond butter. Some cocoa powder, shredded coconut and pure vanilla extract flavour these bites perfectly. Add in some sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and omega-3 packed chia seeds and hemp seeds and you’ve got a high-fibre, high-protein treat with healthy fats. To make things a little indulgent, I add a quarter cup of dairy-free chocolate chips. I like the Enjoy Life brand of chocolate chips best. You can swap out the chocolate chips for cocoa nibs or carob chips. Each ball is only 100 calories and is guaranteed to make your sweet tooth happy. These are truly the best afternoon pick-me-up.
Wishing you all a truly wonderful day. xo
Source: The Fig Tree