My little z and I ran into a chocolate store the other day while we were walking downtown. It was filled with the smell of chocolate and every flavor you could imagine. I let little z pick out two of her favorites and one for dad. She was tickled pink to say the least and she even saved them in the bag until we got home. Here is a peek:
I had a little taste and they were good but personally, I thought they were a little too sweet. I thought they would taste better if I knew that they were full of healthy ingredients….so we decided to make our own and we call them cookie balls.
Better then the million dollar chocolates is sharing your healthy cookie balls with a two year old. Little z is actually a very good helper and a really good mess maker too. One of our favorite things is to create new recipes together.
I have been making different variations of cookies balls for my little z since she started eating solids. We like to keep them in the freezer and have one when we need a “nummy” which is what we refer to as a snack or treat. When she was teething it was a life saver to have something cold and healthy she could gum on. I am working on keeping all of the healthy ingredients with the perfect amount of natural sweetness.
makes 10 balls (maybe 12 but my helper was eating the batter along the way)
4-6 large dates soaked in warm water (I used 4 but if you like sweeter then you might try 6)
1 tbsp. chai seeds
1/2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
1/2 cup nut or seed butter (I used almond and sesame seed butter)
1 scoop protein powder (I used chocolate)
1 tbsp. coconut flour
1 tbsp. shredded coconut (more for rolling if you like)
1 tbsp. cacao powder
1 tbsp. chopped nuts (I used walnuts and pistachio; more for rolling if you like)
Blend dates + a little soaking water and chai seeds to make a paste. Mix in nut/seed butter until smooth and then add all protein powder, coconut, cacao and nuts. Slowly add the chai tea until you have the right consistency. You want it thick enough to roll into balls. You can use your hands or an ice cream scoop. Leave balls plain or roll in coconut, nuts, seeds or sprinkles!
Now, lets compare:
The one on the left is the million dollar super sweet chocolate full of ??? and on the right is our healthy cookie balls filled with goodness.
Which one looks better?