Apr 142013

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

1/3 cup Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped (about 6 dates – soak if they are very dry)
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
1/4 cup toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
1/8 teaspoon of salt
Add the medjool dates and vanilla to a food processor or high powered blender (like a Vitamix). Process until a thick paste forms, you may want to add some water here if it is too dry. You will also want to take a spatula and scrape down the edges. Add in 1 cup of the rolled oats and the chia seeds, process until the oats are no longer whole and it all comes together into a thick dough. Again, add water if it is super dry (just don’t add too much water). Add in the remaining 1/4 cup of oats, chopped walnuts, and the chocolate chips and pulse just a few times to bring it all together. Take a small amount of the dough into your hands to make sure it will roll and stay together. If the dough is crumbling a bit, add more water, if it is too goopy and wet, add more oats.
Taking 1 tablespoon of the dough at a time, roll the dough, in the palm of your hands, into about 15 balls. Set on a plate and place it into the fridge for about 15 minutes to all them to chill.  Then enjoy!


  One Response to “No-Bake Oatmeal Chia Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls (Vegan and Gluten Free!)”

  1. Great recipe, already made multiple batches. :) Thank you for sharing!

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