Written by Megan of Stetted.
Did you know that snacking accounts for almost half of all eating in the United States? Try as I might to load my son up on plenty of wholesome foods during meals, we can’t seem to get away from snacking.
Since seasonal fruits and raw veggies take up a large portion of our snack menu, it’s no surprise that my son gets bored with the options and starts clamoring for something sweet and chocolatey.
While cookies used to be something that was always on hand in our kitchen, sweet baked goods (even whole grain versions) have become a special-occasion food group. I don’t mind giving my son a cookie every now and then, but when a fresh-baked pan of chocolate chip cookies is staring me in the face… well, the rest of the family will be lucky to get any.
My search for a wholesome, easy, and yes, chocolatey snack led me to something that is popular in fitness communities. Known as energy balls, energy bombs, peanut butter balls, and other monikers, these small raw treats are great to satiate your sweet tooth and provide some healthy fats and proteins. Plus, kids don’t realize they’re being duped in the health-food department.
There are plenty of recipes around that are easily adaptable to your tastes, dietary needs, and ingredient availability. I decided to use hemp hearts, which are hulled hemp seeds, as one of the main ingredients.
Hemp food products have been gaining in popularity in the US and can be found in many natural foods stores and larger supermarkets. I like hemp hearts because they have a mild flavor, making them easy to add to a variety of foods such as oatmeal, yogurt, and homemade veggie burgers.
You can use any variety of peanut butter for these – we like to use dark chocolate peanut butter, removing one more ingredient in the recipe. Also, depending on the peanut butter you use, you might want to add a small amount of salt to the mixture.
|Hemp Cocoa Bites||
- 1 cup peanut butter (or alternate nut butter)
- 8-10 pitted dates
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut
- 1-2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup shelled hempseed
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- In a food processor, pulse together peanut butter, dates, coconut, and cocoa powder until dates are blended in.
- Transfer mixture to a bowl and stir in hempseed and oats until well combined and the mixture resembles a thick cookie dough. If needed, add more peanut butter or hempseed/oats.
- Scoop out by the tablespoon and roll into balls. Place on waxed paper and store in the fridge until ready to eat.
Editor’s Note: If you liked these easy, no bake-treats, try these Sun-Butter Bites for another quick and satisfying snack.
What snacks do you like to make at home?