Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Guilt-free Chocolate Bonbons

I am SO excited for this recipe! I have seen similar "energy ball", "protein bites", etc, around, but I wanted to come up with a recipe that was quick and easy, healthy, and used ingredients that are pantry staples or easy to find. AND I wanted them to truly taste good.

SUCCESS!  My ENTIRE family liked these. And to make sure it there was no familial bias, I gave one to my neighbor to try. Her response: "Oh, I could eat ALOT of these."

The beautiful thing is, YOU CAN! And with no eater's remorse. They are truly packed with healthy goodness. 

Here are the ingredients that make the "glue" that holds these bonbons together. 1/4 cup of each in your food processor and...

...you get this chocolate concoction that looks like a thick brownie batter.

Add 2 cups of rolled oats, then stir in 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (if desired).

I used my small cookie scoop to form the bonbon shape. I rolled about half in coconut flakes (not everyone in my house appreciates the finer tastes in life).  

Put them on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet and refrigerate about 1 hour.

No Refined Sugar (except in choco chips). No Gluten. No Bake. No Bad Fats. No Guilt!

Guilt-Free Chocolate Bonbons

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup roasted, salted peanuts
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup coconut (optional)

1. Put first 6 ingredients in a food processor and pulse until incorporated. 
2. Add oats and pulse just until mixed in.
3. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Form 1.5 inch balls (or use a cookie scoop). Roll in coconut if desired.
5. Place on cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.

Makes 22

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  1. The words guilt free and chocolate together....you grabbed my attention!!

    These look delicious, I am definitely trying this recipe.

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning :-)

  2. These look so good! And I actually have all the ingredients on hand. I might need to whip up a batch of these later today :) ~Amy

  3. Oh YUM! I want one - ok, a dozen of these tonight! Stopping by from Teach Me Tues. Party. Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

  4. I'm pretty sure I have everything I need except the coconut flakes (which I want!).... I will make these to take camping with us this week! They look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing on Merry Monday linky party! See you next week! (Pinning and sharing this! YUM) Julia

  5. Thank you so much for linking up to Teach Me Tuesday last week. You are very much appreciated. Hope to see you again this week!! http://3glol.net/2014/07/28/teach-tuesday-14/

    Have a great week!!!

  6. These look wonderful & so nutritious that they may make a good long bike ride energy snack! Pinned , stumbled, & tweeted! Thank your for sharing at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up!! Have a Great Weekend!!

  7. 3 Studies REVEAL How Coconut Oil Kills Waist Fat.

    The meaning of this is that you literally kill fat by consuming Coconut Fat (in addition to coconut milk, coconut cream and coconut oil).

    These 3 studies from big medicinal journals are sure to turn the traditional nutrition world upside down!