This has to be one of the easiest, tastiest, healthiest, most awesome treats I have made yet. I am so excited to share it with you because it will satisfy just about any craving you have that you thought couldn’t be satisfied since switching to a whole foods diet. I know it seems, especially in the beginning, that there are a lot of “I can’t haves” – and there are. However, the best thing to do when phasing the bad foods out, is to phase good foods in that are equally or even more satisfying. This is challenging. I have been eating a “real” food diet for about 18 months and I am still seeking new ways to please my own sweet tooth, my husband’s and my children’s without introducing refined sugars back into our diet. Now, to be totally transparent with you, the chocolate chips do contain evaporated cane juice which is more refined than I would prefer but they contain a very low sugar count (only 5 grams per tablespoon) and contain a high quality cacao. If you would prefer to not include chocolate chips, you could fold in raisins, chopped dates or walnuts.
One other note, I made this in my VitaMix – in the dry goods container which I believe made it super simple. According to the original creator of this recipe, it can be done in a food processor. I cannot vouch for that, so if you use one, please comment and let me know how it works out. I am so glad I stumbled upon this recipe and was also so pleased that my slight modifications made it perfect! The original recipe called for agave. I do not use agave, it is highly refined and high in fructose. I subbed for all maple syrup and added a dash of salt. I hope you enjoy these! They did NOT last long in my house. The recipe yields about fifteen 1/2″ in diameter balls. I stored them in the freezer but I believe they would be fine in the fridge as well.
1/3 cup of oats
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon of vanilla
dash of salt
1/4 cup of chocolate chips (or raisins, walnuts)
In the Vita-Mix dry goods container, add the cashews and oats and blend till they become a flour-like consistency. Then add in the maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Turn the Vita-Mix on low and it will quickly blend and “ball up” on top of the blade. Once it balls up (in literally seconds,) turn of the machine and dump the ball of dough on a cutting board. Dump the chocolate chips on top and work them into the dough with a spatula. Take small amounts of the dough and roll it into 1/2 inch balls. If the dough is too sticky, place it in the fridge for a half hour and then roll it into balls. I was able to make the balls right away. Store the balls, or “bites” in the freezer or refrigerator.