Choc-Oat-Nut Granola Balls
They aren't overly sweet, they fill you up, and they're loaded with lots of good protein and fiber. Plus, they're packed with flax (full of B vitamins!) and hemp seeds (essential amino & fatty acids!)....with just a sprinkle of chocolate to sweeten everything up.
These Choc-Oat-Nut Granola Balls are vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and raw!
1 cup (gluten-free) oats
1/2 cup almond butter
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup ground flax
1/4 cup hulled hemp seeds
1 tablespoon room temperature coconut oil
4 tablespoons brown rice syrup or agave
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-2 tablespoons water
1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (optional)
In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients except water and chocolate chips.
I've found its easier to use a fork to mash and squish everything together, since the coconut oil can sometimes clump together.
Once everything is well combined, add the 1-2 tablespoons of water to make it all a little sticky-you want to be able to roll the finished product into balls.
Add the chocolate chips and use your hands to mix 'em in.
Roll the mixture into about 1 inch balls, and place on a flat plate or cookie sheet.
Refrigerate for an hour before eating.
To store, keep in a plastic bag or container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Makes about 20 balls.