Well, do I have a nice little treat for you! Many people ask me how I satisfy a sweet tooth if I don’t want to eat something really unhealthy. The answer is, I make something that works for my nutrition goals! (And yes, I do eat an occasional Kit Kat!) These Almond Butter bites are one of my “go-to’s” along with these Popsicles but this recipe is added to the rotation!
They are a spin on the traditional “no bake” cookies. If we’re being honest, I can pound more of those down than the other 3 members of my family combined. The peanut butter and chocolate–oh my word!
Before we move on, I want to note two things:
1.) Chia Seeds: You do not have to use these, however it may be a great way to get them in your (and your family’s) diet. If you want to find out why you should add them, check out this link. Be sure to keep their nutrition panel in mind in case you want to eat the whole batch, like I am tempted to do.
2.) Cacao vs. Carob vs. Cocoa Powder: The original recipe calls for cacao but you can use cocoa. (I actually used carob) If you are wondering what the different is between the three, then check out this link.
Now, onto the goods!
“No Bake” Chocolate Chia PB Cookies
♦ 1 cup of nut butter (peanut, almond, sun etc. I mixed half PB and almond butter in a batch once. YUM)
♦ 1/3 cup raw honey (or whatever honey you have. Original recipe called for 2/3 cup, but I didn’t think it needed it)
♦ 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
♦ 1 tablespoon vanilla
♦ 1/4 cup chia seeds
♦ 1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or cocoa, or carob)
♦ 1/4 teaspoon salt
♦ 1 1/2 – 3 cups oatmeal (Adjust depending on how dense you want it. If you use more, you may want to use more honey)
Mix all the wet ingredients together into a bowl. Then add the dry ingredient and mix evenly. Chill the dough in the fridge for about an hour, then take out and either roll into balls, or place in an 8×8 pan to slice and serve as bars. Good luck not eating all the dough before you actually chill it! Store them in an airtight container and keep in the fridge.