I’m trying to get myself out of a habit. A chocolate bar eating habit that is strange and obsessive and way too real.

Seedy Chocolate Almond Butter Bites

It’s not that I don’t want to eat chocolate every day. I actually think eating what you want to in moderation is a good thing. The problem is that I am spending too much money on “treats” that have nothing good for me in them and feel like I need to do a big time swap. As in, not eat so many packaged chocolate bars and try to make my own chocolate-filled goodies that actually satisfy my mad mid-afternoon cravings and have some protein in them.

Seedy Chocolate Almond Butter Bites

These little bites came about after making a ton of granola bars and having some leftover dates.

They are delicious and the mini chocolate chips in them totally satisfy my chocolate craving! Plus, I stuffed them with four kinds of seeds for added texture; chia, hemp, flax and sesame to the rescue!!

Seedy Chocolate Almond Butter Bites

I like to roll these into 16 balls, which come out to approximately 100 calories and 4g of protein each, but you could roll them into small balls OR just flatten them out into no-bake bars! This recipe is really customizable and I love it to death.

Seedy Chocolate Almond Butter Bites

Seedy Chocolate Almond Butter Bites

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16 protein balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp smooth almond butter
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Place dates in a food processor and pulse until a ball is formed, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer date mixture to a mixing bowl and stir in the almond butter, seeds, cocoa powder, protein powder, cinnamon, salt and chocolate chips with a wooden spoon, making sure to evenly disperse the ingredients as much as possible throughout the dates.
  2. Shape dough into small balls (about 16) and place into an airtight container (or cover with plastic wrap on a plate).
  3. Store protein balls in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for longer term storage.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Oh She Glows

Each protein ball contains: 108 calories | 13g carbs | 5g fat | 4g protein

http://warmvanillasugar.com/2015/07/15/seedy-chocolate-almond-butter-bites/

23 Responses to Seedy Chocolate Almond Butter Bites

  1. Yummmm! These look so delish! I love having these kind of treats made for quick snacks when life gets crazy busy!

  2. Looks like a perfect snack after an intense workout at the rink!

  3. Yum! These look great, but I don’t think it could replace my m&m eating habit! I usually buy m&ms in a bulk, but they somehow always disappear.

  4. I love the sound of these! I totally agree with you about eating less packaged products. Perfect solution ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. These look perfect!!! I’m a sucker for treats too (gosh, I think I have a chocolate bar every day or something like that), and it’s starting to catch up on me. Can’t wait to swap out my less healthy snacks for this one!

  6. Ummm I have the same problem only I think mine has gone way past habit and all the way to addiction. I can’t remember the last time I went an entire day without at least a little nibble of chocolate, but I kind of thinks that’s how life should be, right? These are a lovely, healthy alternative! Loving the awesome variety of seeds!

  7. Mmm I can totally relate! Come lunch time today, I was so sad to have something savoury, when I wanted a little sweet treat…. BUT after work and gym, I made some sweet almond macaroons, and that sort of helped. These chocolate seed bites look fantastic though ๐Ÿ˜€ I love making bite-sized treat like this!
    I hope the week has served you well so far m’lady xx

  8. Bekah says:

    These look amazing! I made a version of these for my team as we walked the border of Ireland/Northern Ireland and they LOVED them. Healthy and fueling treats for the win!

  9. What a delicious little balls. I love the addition of almond butter!

  10. Joanne says:

    I am SO with you, girl. I really need to be snacking on more homemade things and less oreos. For real. These bites sound like they’ll get the job done!

    • katrina says:

      But Oreos are so good!!! Have you seen the thin ones? I’m like…”uh, do these come in double stuff?”

  11. amanda says:

    Love these little bites!

  12. What perfect little bites, packed with all kinds of goodness, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. cakespy says:

    Gosh those look good. I love the texture that the seeds add!

  14. Ashley says:

    Oh yum! These look like the perfect little snack bites – I love it!! All those seeds!

  15. Karishma says:

    These look awesome, and definitely sure to satisy a chocolate craving! I am definitely trying this out.

  16. These look awesome and are packed with protein! I’m such a fan of that shot of the food processor with all the ingredients in it! Pinning ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Great recipe and I love how they can be taken on the go.

  18. Ruth Meaney says:

    ooooo good snack idea! I will have a newborn in a few days and this is a great one handed snack idea while i sit and feed all day! thankyou ๐Ÿ™‚

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