Last week while in Buenos Aires, I wanted to make my classic brownie bites for my nephews. Alas, once I realized I didn’t have dates or raisins on hand, I opted to instead raid my parents’ pantry and refrigerator for ingredients I thought would go well together for a treat with similar qualities.
No more than 15 minutes later, almost as if by magic, these delicious ‘orbs’ were finished.
YIELDS: 20 orbs
1 3/4 cups oats (quick-cooking or rolled)
1/4 cup chia seeds (see note #1 below)
1/4 cup hemp seeds (see note #1 below)
1/4 cup sunflower seeds (see note #1 below)
1/4 cup ground flax (see note #1 below)
2/3 cup nut or seed butter of choice (see note #2 below)
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 TBSP liquid sweetener (i.e.: raw/local honey, maple syrup, agave, brown rice syrup, coconut nectar)
2 TBSP cup coconut milk (or any other milk of choice, or plain water; see note #3 below)
Pinch of salt
Spices (optional, but could throw in one or more of the following: cinnamon, cacao powder, ground ginger, lucuma, maca, mesquite, nutmeg).
Unsweetened shredded dried coconut (optional, to roll orbs in once done)
Note #1: You can use whatever type of seeds (or chopped nuts) that you want. Idea is to have 1 cup of seeds total. If you omit the hemp seeds, for example, make up for that quarter cup in other ways.
Note #2: For more interesting flavors, mix and match nut/seed butters. Try almond and peanut, or sunflower and tahini!
Note #3: You may need a little more or less water to make a sticky “dough” depending on remaining ingredients.
1. Place all ingredients in large bowl.
2. Mix well, ensuring you achieve a sticky dough/batter-like texture.
3. Roll into round shapes and store in refrigerator.
NUTRITION INFORMATION (for 1 orb)
50 mg sodium
2 g added sugar
3 g fiber
4 g protein
Excellent Source of: Magnesium, manganese, ALA omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, selenium, thiamin, vitamin E, zinc
Good Source of: Calcium, iron