Chocolate Almond Power Bites

Chocolate Almond Power Bites
ChocolateAlmondPowerBites

This week at Wellness Guides we’re taking on healthy snacking with our recipe for Chocolate Almond Power Bites!

These little nutrient-dense balls are all the rage right now, so we’ve created our own to add to your snack shelf. These are yummy, quick, on the go snacks that everyone in the family is sure to love. They’re so easy to make, you can even get your kids involved by mashing the ingredients together or rolling the balls in the coconut.

We use banana and creamy almond butter as our base, then add in the powders, flours, and oats to thicken the dough so we can roll them into little bite-sized balls of goodness.

Here’s a breakdown of our ingredients, and how each one works for you

  • Almond butter: Nut butters are great sources of healthy fats, and have some protein as well
  • Cocoa powder: Adds delicious chocolate flavor, without the sugar! Cocoa is also high in antioxidants.
  • Hemp hearts: Excellent source of healthy fats and omega-3’s, and also high in fiber.
  • Chocolate protein powder: More flavor! And, of course, protein.
  • Almond flour: A great gluten-free flour option that is easy to find in your regular grocery store.
  • Oats: Oats add that extra heart-healthy fiber, and pull everything together

One of the best parts of this recipe is its versatility!

You can make these with whatever you already have in your pantry. No almond flour? No problem, use any other flour instead (flaxseed flour and coconut flour are next on my list to try!). Or, try changing the flavor with some peanut butter, and rolling in crushed nuts instead of coconut. Allergic to nuts? Try sunflower seed butter. The possibilities are endless!

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes to chill in refrigerator

Makes 12 balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 mashed banana
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 2 Tbsp chocolate protein powder
  • ⅓ c. almond flour
  • ¾ c. old fashioned oats
  • Pinch salt
  • ½ c. shredded coconut for rolling

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except the oats and mash together.

Fold in old fashioned oats.

Form into 1 Tbsp size balls – if the dough is a little too soft for this, add more almond flour 1 tbsp at a time.

Roll in shredded coconut.

Place on a tray lined with wax paper, cover with plastic wrap, and keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.

Enjoy!

Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN is a Board-Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and senior clinical nutritionist for Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cancer Care, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston. Stacy created and serves as project manager and lead writer for Nutrition Services content on the award-winning, Dana-Farber website and affiliated Nutrition app. Her app and cancer video series have been featured in popular press and industry magazines. Stacy is regularly featured in TV, radio, podcasts, documentary films and print media.

Stacy teaches nutrition at Simmons College. She co-founded her private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC and works as a nutrition consultant and advisor for numerous businesses and non-profit organizations in the health, wellness, food and technology spaces.  She is former Chief Wellness Officer and currently sits as an Advisor for AVA, a tech-nutrition startup leveraging artificial intelligence for meal tracking, planning & expert nutrition coaching. She is featured in Lighter, the plant-based nutrition-tech tool for meal planning.

Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Group Exercise Instructor. Stacy received a B.S. in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her Dietetic Internship at Massachusetts General Hospital and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

She enjoys yoga, running, cooking and caring for her husband, sons and dogs.