I had a whim today and I made these. Chocolate, Almond Butter Oatmeal Balls.
It’s Monday and I had a little bit of a craving for almond butter and then I thought some chocolate with that almond butter would be tasty. As I was attempting to stir some organic unsweetened cocoa into my almond butter, I thought, why not add some oatmeal and honey and I’ll make some quick treats.
These kinds of recipes have been swimming around the web for quite some time now. Some people call them energy balls, some people call them peanut butter oatmeal balls because they use peanut butter rather than almond butter. But I call them treats. Anything with a smidge of sugar, sweetener or honey fall in the “treat” category for me.
I’m not much of sweets eater as you know, but now and again I do like a little something that tastes a wee bit indulgent. These chocolate, almond butter oatmeal balls speak to my indulgence cravings but also adds a little of the good stuff to my diet. Not only do I use organic unsweetened cocoa powder in this recipe but I also add sunflower seeds and then I roll the balls in hemp seeds.
Hemp seeds are definitely one of the super foods. It’s rich in antioxidants, fights bad cholesterol, contains the perfect balance of essential fatty acids, reduces inflammation and helps balance hormones among many other things. I add it to salads, soups, pancakes, baked goods, sprinkle it over rice and now I roll my chocolate, almond butter oatmeal balls in hemp seeds.
You can certainly roll these fun treats in whatever you like, but the hemp seeds are small enough they stick well to the balls and add just a little texture to the outside.
And the good news? No baking required.
Enjoy these chocolate, almond butter oatmeal balls for a quick breakfast, snacks or as an after dinner treat. Or just whenever you walk by the fridge and you need a little something sweet. 😉
Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,
- 1 cup of oatmeal (I used GF)
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 3/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1/3 cup hemp seeds
In a food processor add the oatmeal, sunflower seeds, almond butter, unsweetened cocoa and honey. Pulse until the mixture begins to come together. It won't feel like a dough and could still be crumbly but it should stick together when forming a ball.
I used a small cookie scoop for uniform sized balls. Scoop out balls and gently pat to form a smooth ball. Roll each ball in the hemp seeds and then place them in an airtight container.
I keep these treats in the fridge and bring them out and set on the kitchen counter for a quick breakfast or snack.
You can substitute with your favorite nut butter.