This summer I’m working as a teacher’s assistant in a kindergarten class at The Help Group in Los Angeles, which is a school for children with autism and other special needs. We made these about a week ago, but I still BEAM with pride every time I see these photos/remember this day…I’m just so incredibly proud of my students!! Plus, it was the first time my two passions in life-working with children with special needs & healthy cooking-really collided into one, and it was so fulfilling for me 🙂 🙂
Anywayssss, aside from my joyous rant, these little energy balls tasted SO good. My kindergarteners are the pickiest eaters you’ll ever meet (they rarely actually eat what we make in our cooking lessons), but LOVED these bites so that alone speaks volumes! Not only are they all-natural and made with 100% good-for-you ingredients, they accommodate a lot of different food intolerances/restrictions (gluten-free, vegan, clean-eating, etc.), which is why we actually chose this recipe in the first place. As for the taste and texture, they are chewy, light and sweet, but not too sweet, so you won’t feel weighed down with a stomach ache, like the effect of a lot of desserts/sweet snacks. Hope you get the chance to enjoy these energy-boosting, kid AND adult-friendly balls of yum!! 🙂
Makes 12 bites Time: 15 minutes
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (We used gluten-free)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (use Enjoy Life chocolate chips for vegan cookie dough bites)
Directions: Line a plate or container with parchment paper and set it aside. Combine the cashews, oats, salt and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse together until a fine meal forms. Be careful not to over-proccess and end up with cashew butter.
Add the maple syrup and the vanilla extract to the cashew-oat mixture. Pulse again until the mixture comes together in a ball of raw dough.
Remove the ball of dough from the food processor and place it in a small bowl. Don’t forget to scrape the sides and the blade of your food processor to get all the extra bits. Gently fold in the chocolate chips so they are incorporated throughout the dough mixture.
Using a cookie baller or a couple of spoons, portion out the dough into twelve even balls. Use clean hands to roll the portions of dough into perfect little spheres. Place your completed bites onto a parchment lined plate or container. You can eat them right away, or store them in the freezer for later.
Calories (1 bite): 127, Total Fat: 6.5g, Total Carbs: 14.5g, Fiber: 1g, Protein: 7g, Protein: 3g
*Recipe adapted from The Kitchn