Wow! I can’t believe it’s been 2 weeks since I’ve had a chance to sit down and write! Between the kids’ schedule, trying to move my office to another room, family stuff, and work, it’s been crazy here. Luckily, I have friends who have offered to share favorite recipes here on Mommy of a Monster, and I have a really yummy one for you today that Deb from Raising Healthy Kids offered to share for her Nut Free Chocolate Power Balls!
Deb Lowther is a mother of 3 young daughters who, when not running after the kids, is running in the trails. She contributes Family Health articles to many websites and magazines and ensures her own family has fun while eating healthy & staying active. Find more inspiring tips on her website http://www.raisinghealthkids.
Nut Free Chocolate Power Balls
They are sweet, a little crunchy, chocolaty and healthy! Yup. Good for you. They are made from dates which is a fruit high in fibre, potassium, copper and magnesium. Add the oats and seed ( or natural peanut) butter and you just added a ton of protein, more fibre and B vitamins. All rolled up in a easy to make, convenient on the go snack, energy packed chocolate power ball!
Perfect for kids in between activities, healthy school lunches and even for parents who are heading off to the gym and need a snack. Give these a try and let me know what you think.
- 25 pitted dates
- 1/3 cup WOW butter or other seed butter (or natural peanut butter)
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup rolled oats plain or toasted*
- handful of chocolate chips (optional)
- *To toast the rolled oats, spread 1 cup of oats onto a cookie sheet covered in foil, spray the rolled oats with extra virgin olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until oats are toasted brown â?? stirring every 10 minutes. When cooled, add to food processor. I find this give the power balls a nice flavour, but toasting the rolled oats is not necessary â?? my kids loved them either way.
- Measure all ingredients into a Cuisinart or similar food processor. Pulse until well mixed. Scoop by spoonfuls into your hand and squish together, roll into balls or flatten into bars.
- If they are too crumbly add a few more dates or a bit more WOW butter. This recipe yielded 25 mini balls for us but you can roll the balls as big or small as you like.
- They store perfectly in the freezer but donâ??t require refrigeration.
Thanks for sharing this recipe for chocolate power balls Deb…I can’t wait to make these for my kids! Now head over to Raising Healthy Kids for even more great recipes and more from Deb. And if you are looking for more healthy recipes, my kids love this Layered Hummus recipe and regularly ask for this yummy after school snack. You can also check out my Healthy Eats and Drinks board on Pinterest for even more recipes!