Today I’m sharing a recipe that I bake almost on a daily basis. As I can’t get my hand on dairy free, gluten free treats, I have to rely on these homemade gluten free and vegan chocolate bites instead. The recipe is really really simple. Here’s what you’ll need….
The 4 Basic Ingredients
- 1 cup of gluten free oats.
- 1/4-1/2 cup of chopped almonds (Adjust the ration of oats: almonds accordingly depending on preference)
- 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips (or substitute for raw cacao nibs)
- 1 mashed banana: This will give the mix something to stick to!
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or flaxseeds will make the mixture extra sticky and a bit denser (while bananas result in lighter, fluffier bites)
- The amazing That’s Protein powder.
- 4-5 chopped dates for extra sweetness
1. Chuck the oats and almonds into a blender or nutribullet. Blend for thirty seconds and pat yourself on the back for not buying expensive gluten free flour. It really is that simple!
2. In a large mixing bowl, add in the choc chips, mashed banana, any extras (such as coconut oil and That Protein powder.)
Just on a slight side note (as I am hoping to do a full post on it soon too!) the lovely folks at That Protein sent me some of their amazing vegan protein powder and I’ve been chucking it into everything from juices to granola to these lovely oaty bites! It makes them seem even more virtuous and it’s great way to get pumpkin and chai seeds into my diet (I find the actual seeds too harsh on my system). So I’d definitely recommend checking them out if you’re looking for a vegan/dairy free source of protein.
…Anyway let’s get back to the recipe! After you’ve mixed everything together, you should have a nice sticky mixture. If not, add a little liquid such as coconut water, almond milk or even plain H2O if you are in a pinch! If you eat eggs, then an egg white would do the job!
3. After mixing, roll into small balls (or flat cookies depending on your preference) and pop in a baking tray lined with a little oil (I find coconut oil or pam spray work best). This mixure should make around 8 oaty bites. Leave in the oven for ten minutes and voila….
I like to sprinkle with cocoa powder to make them extra pretty or spread on pumpkin seed butter to make them extra decadent!
If you are still unsure about whether to try it, then here’s a few reasons why this recipe is actually good for you!
- The flour mix is a great source of soluble fibre. This kind of fibre is much easier on your stomach so it’s great if you have IBS/IBD. It also helps lower your cholesterol!
- The banana adds sweetness but also potassium and more soluble fibre!
- Almonds are an uh-mazing source of calcium. Give your bones a treat!
- Dark chocolate has antioxidants but some versions do contain a lot of sugar so be careful!
Hope you enjoy making this recipe!