Are you drooling? You should be! I am. As I wrote the title to this post I got excited because these “bites” are seriously that good. Almond butter…yum. Coconut…sign me up. Dark Chocolate…enough…give me one already! Did I mention that they are packed with nutrient dense whole foods? While they front as a sweet treat they are also energizing little bites of nourishing, family-friendly goodness! You want one, don’t you?!
Amazingly, you could have one in no time if you have the ingredients on hand. This no-cook recipe comes together in minutes. It is as simple as tossing the ingredients into a bowl, mixing them up and rolling the mixture into balls…I mean bites. The word “balls” and food never really works for me….hahahaha.
Before we dive into the ingredients and the “how to”, I am going to have a very self-indulgent moment if you will allow it. Over the past year I have been taking the time to learn as much as I can about food photography. We eat with our eyes first and I get that. I also get that food photography is a full-time job for many people. There is a lot to learn and it isn’t easy. I am admittedly an amateur, with a lot of heart, but lets be honest…passion does not always equal pretty photographs.
That being said, I have to give a huge shout out to my brother’s girlfriend, Madison Carroll, who has been helping me along the way. She is an amazing photographer by trade. She recently moved to New York for a job (yay for her…panic for me). Welcome to my “rip the band-aid off” moment. I was officially on my own. Maybe I needed that? I had nearly 20 recipes due for two big clients and it was up to me to photograph them! I was a bit overwhelmed but totally excited to put everything I had learned into action!
So, back to the self-indulgent moment. This was one of my first solo shots and I am really proud of it! When Ashli looked at this photo and asked, laced in disbelief, “did you take this?”, I gleamed with pride. I have a long way to go but I am very satisfied with how far I have come and I hope my attempts at taking pretty photos allows you to connect with my food in a more exciting way.
So, about these balls or bites or whatever you wanna call ’em. They are a little sweet, a little salty and a lot of yum. They are really filling and great as a snack or treat. I plan to fuel my 4 year old, as well as my professional athletes, with these bad boys.
The healthy fats, fiber and protein in the almonds adds the bulk of the nutritional goodness! There is almond butter, almond flour and sliced almonds tossed into the mix! Shredded coconut adds some natural sweetness along with another dose of fats to satisfy you. Oats, ground flax, coconut oil and a touch of maple bring it all together. Lastly, a few dark chocolate morsels go a long way in this recipe but seriously give each bite the true decadence it deserves!
Store them in the fridge or the freezer as the cold coconut oil helps them to hold their shape. How long do you think these will last in your house?
- 3/4 cup rolled oats (Gluten Free Optional and I like to use instant as they are softer)
- ½ cup almond flour
- 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup almond butter (if unsalted add a pinch of sea salt to the mix)
- 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- ¼ cup sliced or slivered almonds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.
- Once chilled, roll the mixture into 1 ½ “ balls. Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
- Store in fridge or freezer for up to 2 weeks (if they last that long)