My poor kids are my taste testers and I can honestly say when you are experimenting with zucchini and spinach in brownies and cookies, not every recipe is a success. They suffer through it and try everything I hand them with an open mind and slightly squeamish face . . just in case it doesn’t taste so good.
But THESE were an instant hit. They immediately asked for more, served to their friends that were visiting and insisted on learning how to make them so they could be in every snack container ever filled. With only 5 ingredients, they are easy to make and require NO BAKING! It doesn’t get any easier than this.
I call them Power Balls because they provide loads of energy, fibre and protein from the naturally sweet dates, rolled oats and WOW butter (you can use natural peanut butter, but I wanted them nut free). Perfect for kids in between activities, school lunches and even for Parents who are heading off to the gym and need a snack. Give these a try and let me know what you think.
Nut Free Chocolate Power Balls
25 pitted dates
1/3 cup WOW butter or other seed butter (or natural peanut butter)
¼ cup cocoa powder
1 cup rolled oats plain or toasted*
handful of chocolate chips (optional)
Measure all ingredients into a Cuisinart or similar food processor. Pulse until well mixed. Scoop by spoonfuls into you hand and squish together, roll into balls or flatten into bars. If they are too crumbly add a few more dates or a bit more WOW butter. This recipe yielded 25 mini balls for us but you can make them as big or as small as you like.
Even though they don’t last long at my house, I store them in the freezer and kids put into their snack containers for school lunches. They taste just as great from the freezer as they do when made fresh!
*To toast the rolled oats, spread 1 cup of oats onto a cookie sheet covered in foil, spray the rolled oats with extra virgin olive oil and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until oats are toasted brown – stiring every 10 minutes. When cooled, add to food processor. I find this give the power balls a nice flavour, but toasting the rolled oats is not necessary – my kids loved them without toasting the oats.