These are truly delicious and a joy to eat. I opted for organic ingredients where available.
Some general notes about the ingredients
Hemp Seeds(or hemp hearts)
These taste a bit like crushed sunflower seeds. They have a nice texture and a mellow flavor. They should be refrigerated once opened. Other uses you may have for them – adding to smoothies, adding to cooked rice, making pie crusts. I believe some people consider hemp seeds to be a super food. Refrigerate after opening.
These are really a very versatile food. You can google hundreds of recipes. And, they can be used as an egg replacer (1 tbsp of seeds mixed with 3 tbsp of water). In this recipe they are used solely for texture as there is no liquid being for them to absorb to create the trademark “chia gel”. I believe that some people consider chia seeds to be a super food.
Coconut butter is not the same thing as coconut oil. While both solidify at cooler temperatures, the coconut butter (or coconut mana, as Nutiva brands it) is creamed coconut flesh (which is mostly, but not entirely oil) where as coconut oil is 100% oil. Depending on the ambient temperature, you may find your coconut butter to be a solid block or largely liquid. If “frozen” solid (often at room temperature), run the jar under warm water to soften it up. You can microwave it as well, but I definitely would not do this if it is in a plastic container and would hesitate to do it even in glass. Just soak in warm water).
This stuff is great in smoothies too. I would not use it as a cooking oil, but would instead use coconut oil for that, since it does not contain the coconut flesh in it.
Oats – I used Quaker quick cooking oats for the photo, but now use the slow cook (old fashion) variety. Either way, you are using them straight out of the canister — do not cook them.
1 cup oats
1/2 cup hemp seeds(a/k/a hemp hearts)
1/3 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup coconut butter
1 cup shredded coconut flakes
1/3 cup raw honey*
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla
And now for the instructions:
1. Place all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2. Turn mixer on until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
[They taste very good at this point]
3. Put bowl in the fridge for 30-45 minutes (eat what is left on the mixing paddle)
4. Remove bowl and shape the batter into balls. Or logs. Or bars. Or whatever you like.**
[They taste great at this point]
Keep refrigerated in an airtight container. Should keep for a week.
* I have found that raw honey it makes a great sweetener and does not leave my foods tasting like honey. However, I am guessing that a good maple syrup (Grade B or Grade A could substitute for the honey in this recipe).
**I used an ice cream scooper to get a level scoop of the batter and then shaped them into balls, to get consistently sized “bites”. You can also press them in the scoop and leave them flat on the bottom. They are deliciously satisfying, require a good amount of chewing (like a snickers bar does) and have about 155 calories per ball (3.5 grams protein, 3.3 grams of fiber and 13 grams of carbohydrates). If it is going to be your only dessert for the day, I’d say you can eat two without guilt.
These make great energy bites. You can even eat one on the way to the gym, or as a recovery snack afterwards. Your mouth will thank you. Your body may thank you too.
Recipe inspired by Coconut Oat Bites by Zest & Zeal