I am perpetually on the look out for something both delicious and nutritious--whether savory or sweet. These little protein packed nutritional bites earn their name, and are perfect for a hot day when baking is out of the question, or when you just need a grounding, delicious snack.
3/4 cup rolled oats or rolled spelt
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds or chopped raw almonds
1/4 cup hemp hearts
1 cup all natural peanut butter or raw almond butter
10 Medjool dates (if these are dry, soak for 1 minute in hot water and drain for 3-5 minutes)
1 T coconut oil
Himalayan sea salt
1/2 cup Sunspire chocolate chips (these are the healthiest and most delicious.... I get mine at vitacost.com)
Place your rolled oats or spelt, sunflowers or almonds, and a pinch of himalayan salt in a cast iron skillet on low/medium heat. Stir constantly until very lightly toasted. Add your hemp hearts and continue toasting and turning with a wooden spatula until they are perfectly toasted. Remove from the pan when they are perfect, and spread them on a plate so they do not continue to toast, as they have a tendency to burn easily at this stage.
Place dates, nut butter of your choice and your coconut oil in a food processor . Blend until the dates are well mixed in, with only small bits remaining. Add the toasted nut and rolled oats/spelt mixture and pulse until blended.
Roll into balls. If the mixture is too dry when you press firmly, you can wet your hands before rolling a ball and this will help the mixture stick.
In the meantime, melt your chocolate chips. I prefer to place the chips in a small stainless steel bowl and set it on top of a pan with simmering water. This way, I make sure not to overcook the chocolate, and can keep it soft.
Dip the tops of the balls in the melted chocolate and place on a plate. Sprinkle just a few cacao nibs on the top of the ball, and an itsy bits more salt and you've got some amazing Amaze-Balls.