I don’t really know what to call these little almond butter, chocolate chip, treats? snacks? balls? desserts? But what I do know is that they are delicious, healthy, and a great little on the go snack, or a quick and easy breakfast, or a little treat for after dinner. They are like homemade granola bars, without all the extra additives. And these almond, chocolate chip treats are healthy, so it gets the kids, and the family eating more of those good for you fats found in the nuts and ground flax seeds.
Besides their delicious flavor, another nice thing about these treats is that they are highly customizable. What I have written below is the basic recipe, and from here, feel free to add in more nuts, dried fruit, hemp hearts, or even change the type of nut butter for your desired result.
I have made these treats a few times, in a variety of ways, but this time, I initially tried making these without honey to make them completely vegan, but they didn’t work out. They just didn’t stick without the honey, and fell into a crumbly mess. You really need a sticky binder here, and maple syrup alone just didn’t cut it.
So go ahead, try these out! Use them as holiday gifts, or as a afternoon treat for yourself. What flavors would you incorporate into these treats?
- 2 cups Rolled Oats (not the quick cooking kind)
- ¼ cup shredded Coconut
- ¼ cup Ground Flax Seeds
- ¾ cup Almond Butter
- ¼ tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
- ⅓ cup Honey
- ½ cup Chocolate Chips
- 2-3 tbsp Maple Syrup (optional for additional sweetness)
- Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Then add in the honey, nut butter, vanilla extract, and blend together with your hands until everything is well incorporated.
- Press the mixture down into the bowl with your hands and cover the bowl.
- Place the mixture in the fridge for an hour or up to two days to chill.
- Once the mixture is cold enough, it will have formed into one large piece.
- Take out about 3 tbsp and roll the mixture into balls with your hands.
- If it's not sticky enough, just add a bit more honey!