Peanut Butter Chocolate Flax Bites
1 cup (heaping) oats
½ cup ground flaxseeds
¼ cup coconut oil
½ cup natural peanut butter
¼ cup maple syrup
½ tsp sea salt
1/3 cup coconut oil
¼ cup (heaping) raw cacao or organic cocoa powder
1 tbsp maple syrup (can add more to taste)
Generous pinch of sea salt
Add the oats to a blender or food processor and puree until you get a flour consistency. Add to a large bowl along with the flaxseeds and sea salt. Use a spoon to combine well and set aside.
To a small saucepan ad the coconut oil, peanut butter and maple syrup. Heat on medium-high until everything is melted. You could also melt the ingredients in a bowl in the microwave. Use a fork or a whisk to combine.
Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon or spatula to mix well. Once dough is formed, place the bowl in the fridge to set for about 20 minutes. The dough will be quite soft and not hold it’s shape initially, cooling it in the fridge will help solidify the coconut oil so that it can be formed.
Check on the dough after about 20 minutes, you may need to cool it longer depending on how soft your dough is, you want it to firm but not solidified. The dough should easily roll into ball form and hold its shape. If you leave it in the fridge for too long, simply leave out at room temperature for a few minutes and the coconut oil will soften slightly.
Line a cookie sheet with some parchment paper. Use a spoon to scoop out about a tablespoon of the dough. Use your hands to roll into ball shape and place the individual bites onto the parchment paper.
Once the bites have all been rolled out, place them back in the fridge to chill while you make the chocolate sauce. In a small sauce pan, or using the microwave, melt the coconut oil. Once melted, add the cocoa powder, maple syrup and salt. Use a whisk to combine well. At this point you can taste the sauce to see if you want to add any more maple syrup or salt (I love adding a bit more salt for a delicious salty/sweet combo!)
Next you can start coating the bites in chocolate. You can use a fork to drizzle the chocolate sauce over each ball or you can fully coat them by submerging each bite into the chocolate sauce.
One at a time, drop the bites into the chocolate, making sure they are fully coated. Use two forks to scoop out the bites from the chocolate sauce, gently roll the bite back and forth between each fork to drip off the excess chocolate. I recommend you take the time to ensure most of the excess chocolate sauce is removed before placing on the parchment paper. The excess chocolate will pool at the bottom of each bite as they sit. If this happens you can always use your hands to break off the excess chocolate once everything has solidified.
Once each bite has been coated in chocolate, place them in the fridge to completely solidify for at least one hour. Once they have chilled, transfer the bites to an air-tight container and store in the fridge for up to 10 days.
One of the main reasons I create recipes is because I absolutely love coming up with healthier versions of delicious recipes. I love creating dishes that are 100% delicious and also 100% good for you. Because I really try to teach that healthy eating can be totally delicious and exciting and it doesn’t have to be boring or bland to eat healthy.
As much as I love creating any and all dishes, I have to say my favourite recipes to create are the sweet variety. Mainly because I love coming up with healthy versions of treats that actually satisfy your sweet tooth, while also providing your body with some good nourishment. This probably stems from the fact that I have a sweet tooth and some days you just want something sweet and decadent after dinner. And what’s wrong with that?! There shouldn’t be any shame or guilt around wanting to enjoy something sweet after your meals.
What’s most important is that most of the time you focus those indulgences on better-for-you treats. Because honestly, as much as I love ice cream, cupcakes, cookies, doughnuts etc. I know that if I were to eat any of these foods on a daily basis I would feel awful. I try to keep my regular treats and sweet indulgences to really good quality foods that also serve to nourish my body.
That’s why these peanut butter chocolate bites were born. I had been hard-core craving peanut butter and chocolate for a few days so I knew it was time to get to work to satisfy that craving. I found a few recipes online for similar bites but many of them required coconut flour or almond flour, neither of which I had in my kitchen at the time. So I set out to create my own version with whatever I had in my pantry. I’m so glad I used what I had because they turned out better than I thought they would!
What I love most about these bites is they are, first and foremost, delicious. The centre reminds me of a mix between a peanut butter and an oatmeal cookie so you can rest assured that they will be great at satisfying any and all sweet cravings. But what I also love is that they are the perfect combination of salty, sweet and rich so you really feel satisfied after enjoying them. I like making sweet treats from scratch because I like being able to control the amount of sugar in them. I hate when things are just sweet for the sake of being sweet. I like a bit more depth and balance to my treats.
But perhaps the best thing about these bites is they are actually SO GOOD for you! I’m not kidding. You’ll be surprised once you make them and taste how delicious they are. You’d think they couldn’t possibly work for a healthy snack- but they totally can! Thanks to all that fibre in the flaxseeds and oats, which make the base for the bites. Fibre is essential for supporting good digestion and most people actually don’t get enough of it in their diet. I always recommend a good source of fibre with snacks because it helps keep you full and helps stabilize your blood sugar levels in between meals.
The peanut butter, coconut oil and flaxseeds also provide a source of healthy fats, which are a great source of energy. Yet another reason why these bites are so great for you. They don’t just have to be for dessert, you can use these bites as a healthy snack option too!