A New Twist on an Old Favorite!
My sweet boy asked me yesterday for “… one of those brown balls from the freezer, please Mummy.” Well, I had nothing for him! So today I asked him if we should make some brown balls for the freezer and his very excited answer was”YES!”. I brought the step stool over to the counter and we got to work. He had final say on all ingredients but I will confess to a little “steering” :o)
We came up with a new twist on our old favorite Nutella Bites. We switched up some ingredients, added hulled hemp hearts and chia seeds, rolled them in shredded coconut flakes and away we went. The outcome? Seriously delicious!!!
With the fiber, antioxidants and protein from the chia seeds, the complete protein and essential omega fatty acids from the hulled hemp hearts and the health benefits of almonds (hello brain food!) these little gems are hidden power houses of super foods!
Not only does my son love them but so do I. They are a great snack to take to work and throw in the freezer for that 3:30 lag in the day. Who needs coffee when you have these energy boosting, protein packed, naturally sweetened bites of sheer delight right there and ready to enjoy??
I keep these little bundles of almond joy goodness in the freezer. I like the texture straight from the freezer, they are a little chewy. They can also be kept in the refrigerator if you prefer them a bit softer. Either way the flavor rocks! Super treat!
You can make them with or without coconut. I LOVE them with coconut but I know my daughter does not like it so I made some without coconut for my sweet girl. Thankfully, she loves them too! So many options!
All you need is a blender :o)
Almond Joy Freezer Bites
1/2 cup raw almonds or cashews
1/4 cup almond butter
8-10 medjool dates
1 tsp vanilla (or 1/4-1/2 tsp ground vanilla bean powder, hands down my favorite!)
2 tbsp hulled hemp hearts
2 tbsp chia seeds
1-2 tbsp maple syrup (I have used 1 and 2, both options are great, it just depends how sweet you would like it)
1 1/2 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp room temperature coconut oil
shredded coconut for rolling
– Place all ingredients except for the shredded coconut and blend it… A lot! Scrape down the sides and blend again as needed, it will take a few minutes but definitely worth the blending time :o)
– Roll into one inch balls
– Roll through the shredded coconut and put in the freezer for at least 30 minutes