No Bake Chocolate Chip Nut Butter Balls
These chocolate chip nut butter balls remind me of a family tradition and my mom making so many cookies at Christmas time the counter space was gone!
- 1 1/2 cups creamy almond* butter
- 1/2 cup honey (or maple syrup)
1 1/3 cups GF oats (rolled oats)
- 1/2 cup vanilla protein powder (Flipping50 or similar high quality)
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup mini dark cacao chips
To make these chocolate chip nut butter balls, just dig in. Dump all ingredients into a big bowl and mix with hands until blended. Makes about 20 -24 balls depending on size.
These have fat, protein, and fiber in them to help reduce the sugar impact. They aren’t low calorie, but when you are tempted to indulge, you can. Aside from the sugar, every ingredient offers a benefit.
There’s really no good way to eliminate the honey or maple syrup, as you need something to make it all stick.
Keep in covered container in refrigerator. Keep 5-7 days if you can keep them around that long.
Instead of creamy almond butter, try crunchy. Instead of almond butter, try sun butter, or other nut butter of your preference.
My mom used to make trays of these, though hers usually included dried fruit (and rum)! Of all the cookies around our house though, I always used to go to the refrigerator where she kept these. In our family it has been tradition for as long as I can remember to make tons of kinds of cookies and share them and that was “dessert” on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Cookie exchanges are a big deal, even today with a few more of us conscious of health and not necessarily wanting to have the “hangover” sugar and flour gives. These are a good substitute.
Don’t let them fool you however, into thinking they’re “protein balls” and a good pre-exercise snack. They’re pretty heavy in fat and fiber – not what you want before exercise.
This is a great one to make with kids. No baking and fast and easy from start to end. Messy, yes.
They could be eaten right away but chilling for a couple hours is best.
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