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
- 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
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.