Healthy Chocolate – have greater words ever been spoken? 😉
These chocolaty rich (but still very healthy) bites make for a perfect afternoon pick me up or a delicious dessert. The combination of healthy fats, protein, and fiber provide good, long-lasting energy and the antioxidants help prevent disease and inflammation.
These energy bites are made with raw cacao powder which is full of antioxidants, fiber, magnesium, iron, and protein. Obviously much different than a conventional milk chocolate bar! Learn more about Cacao and its amazing health benefits: Healthy Chocolate: Cacao vs. Cocoa
- 1 cup gluten-free rolled oats
- 3 Tbsp cacao powder (can use unsweetened cocoa powder)
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- sprinkle with sea salt
- 1/2 cup creamy almond butter (can sub seed butter to make it nut free)
- 1/4 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Tips & Nutrition
These energy bites are full of antioxidant-rich cacao and get extra protein and fiber from the oats, almond butter, and chia seeds.
Simply make this nut-free by using sunflower seed butter or pumpkin seed butter instead of almond butter.
In a medium-size mixing bowl stir together the dry ingredients – oats, cacao powder, chia seeds, sea salt, and cinnamon.
In a different medium size, mixing bowl stir together the almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract until well combined.
Pour the wet mixture over the dry and stir well until a thick “dough” is formed. Use your hands to form the dough into bite-size balls. You may want to wet your hands with warm water to make this easier and less sticky.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.
Store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for a month.