I made an very important realization this week. It is unlikely that I will make it through any day without eating chocolate. It was hard for me to admit this, because in theory I think I should have all this will power and be able to resist the cravings, but in fact I cannot. So instead of letting the craving take on the form of a massive candy bar, I decided to make something that would satisfy without quite so much guilt afterward. These are the perfect pre-workout/run snack and really do taste a lot like cookie dough!
These were super fast to make because they require zero cooking. Plus, they only require 5 ingredients (7 if you add nuts and salt like I did- 2 crucial cookie ingredients in my mind) which is a nice change from all the foods we eat that have 20 un-pronounceable ingredients.
Nutritional Highlights: These have absolutely no added sugar, and get all their sweetness from the dark chocolate and the dates. They also have tons of fiber from the oats and chia seeds (so they will keep you full) and walnuts for some healthy omega-6 fatty acids. Plus, they are gluten free and vegan, so they work for just about anyone! These are a great healthy snack or dessert.
No-Bake Oatmeal Chia Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls (Vegan and Gluten-free)
the original recipe said is makes 15, but I ended up with 9 (oops, sorry I’m not sorry).
adapted from Tasty Yummies
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups gluten-free rolled oats (you can use regular rolled oats if you aren’t gluten intolerant)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 – 2 tablespoons water (you could need more, you could need less, just go by how your dough feels)
1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips