I swear I spend most of my recipe brainstorming time on recipes that will help my kids to eat better without their knowing it. Sneaky Mom that I am, you know…
This is one of their favorite snacks and I am happy to say that it is CHOCKED FULL OF NUTRITION!
Of course, Scarlett loves anything that is chocolate… so it’s not as though I had to bribe her to try these. We call them “Cookie Dough Balls“. It’s much less daunting than Chocolate Almond Butter Protein Balls, but of course I tend to get these crazy looks of disapproval from people when my daughter begs for “cookie dough balls“, haha. They don’t know what I know about these though!
They are loaded with lots of great PROTEIN and FIBER to help your kids grow and keep them full longer.
And NO refined sugars! YAY That’s my favorite part, hehe. These are sweetened 100% with an all natural sweetener- maple syrup.
If you want to make these a special treat than you can go ahead and add some mini-chocolate chips, chopped nuts, or rice crispies. You may even feel like glamming them up a lil’ bit and rolling them in some shredded coconut, cacao powder, chopped nuts, orrrrrr (my personal favorite) chocolate sprinkles.
These can easily be pressed into a parchment lined 8-inch-by-8-inch pan and cut into squares or rectangles if you don’t feel up to rolling out balls. Totally your call!
*Oat flour can easily be made in your food processor at home from rolled or quick oats.*
- Any protein powder can be substituted for the hemp protein.
- Agave nectar can be used in place of maple syrup. Honey can as well, but you may not need as much oat flour to reach the desired consistency.
- Regular cocoa powder can be swapped from cacao powder.
- ½ cup almond butter
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup hemp protein powder (or other non-flavored plant protein powder)
- 1¼ cup oat flour
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt (or less if using salted almond butter)
- Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and process until mixture comes together and ball starts to form.
- Scoop out tablespoonful-sized dollops of dough and roll into balls; set aside in tupperware container to be stored in fridge. (Using damp hands will allow you to roll the balls without much dough sticking to your hands)