Double Chocolate Two Way Power Bites

I had a craving to make energy bites this weekend. I usually make a pretty standard recipe- oats, peanut butter, maybe some chocolate chips, but this time I wanted more chocolate! I decided to channel my inner brownie cravings, and see what I could come up with.

The result was delicious little bites of chocolate heaven! The kicker? They’re completely vegan and gluten free!

After making 12 raw bites, I still had some dough left over, so decided to bake them and see what would happen. Turns out, they were also delish when cooked!

So here it is! A two in one energy bite or cookie recipe! Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup dry pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder of choice (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tbs pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips or dark chocolate covered puffed quinoa

Instructions

  • 1. Add rolled the oats, ground flax seed, cacao powder, cinnamon, dried dates, peanut butter, maple syrup and chocolate protein powder to food processor.
  • 2. Pulse until ingredients are blended and oats are finely chopped, almost like flour consistency.
  • 3. Slowly add water to the food process and blend until the mixture sticks together. You may need to add more or less water depending on your energy ball dough.
  • **Be careful at this step. If you plan to eat the bites raw, too much water will make your bites sticky and hard to handle
  • 4. Add mixture to a large bowl, using your hands mix in chocolate chips.
  • 5. Form the energy bite dough into 1″ balls and place on parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Serve immediately or store in air tight container in refrigerator.
  • **If you decide to make them into cookies, once they’re rolled into balls place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Press down the tops of each ball with a fork to flatten the cookies just a bit. Bake the cookies for 9 minutes at 400 degrees. Let cool completely and enjoy!

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