These creamy peanut butter power bites are yummy, satisfying, and potentially addictive!

hankfully, they are super simple and inexpensive to make. I estimate 15 minutes and two dollars per batch.

They serve up a nice balance of fat, protein, and slow-carbs, along with a wee dose of fibre to feed those good gut bugs and keep things running smoothly. 

With all of these benefits, and low sugar, we have a winner for little kids and Mamas alike! 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chickpeas (approx 1/2 can)
  • 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter (no sugar, no salt added)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup (a tad more if you prefer sweeter)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup oats (use 1/2 at a time)
Optional twists:
  • Nut-free: use sunbutter, pumpkin butter, tahini, or a combo instead of peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips (I omit these, fearing they will dissect the ball just to get the chips!).
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut (look for unsweetened to keep down the sugar, though can be hard to find)
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Rinse and strain chickpeas and set aside.
  2. Put half of the oats in the blender (1/2 cup) and give it a blitz. You are making your own oat flour!
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients (chickpeas, peanut butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla). Blend well.
  4. Add the rest of the oats and blend again. The dough should be mostly smooth ball with a bit of chunky oats. If adding choc chips, this is the time!
  5. Form the dough into balls (or flatten into a square dish). If you want add coconut, roll the balls to coat, or sprinkle on top of the flattened bars. Refrigerate for a few hours to firm up (can also be eaten immediately).

Store in fridge (1 week) or freezer (a few months).

Notes

  • For a smoother texture, blend all of the oats first. I leave some out initially to add more texture – and to make your body do more of the digestion. 

Nutrition

One of twenty “bites” (balls).

Nutritional data should only be viewed as rough estimates. % Daily Values vary with age, weight, and other factors.

Credit

Recipe adapted from Pulses.Org.

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