These Chickpea Chocolate Chip Energy Balls are a great snack for women who want a sweet treat that keeps them full and doesn’t send their blood sugar through the roof. These balls are packed with plant protein, fibre, and healthy fat. They are low in added sugar, and for me, they do the trick at 3 pm when my body is screaming for a sugar fix and a cup of tea.
Don’t taste the “dough”. Just don’t. It looks like delicious ooey gooey cookie dough, but let’s just say the taste is a lot healthier. Try to put them directly into the fridge. Trust me, the flavours soften and blend as they chill, and they’ll taste great the next day, whether you are having an afternoon break at work or taking in some fresh air at the ski hill.
Chickpea Chocolate Chip Energy Balls
- 1 can of chickpeas, well rinsed and drained
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup rolled oats
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
In a food processor, or a high powered blender, mix the chickpeas, peanut butter, honey (or maple syrup), and vanilla. Pulse until smooth.
Transfer to a bowl and add the rolled oats, chocolate chips, coconut and cinnamon. Mix well, then roll into balls and place the balls on a cookie tray covered in parchment paper. Cover the tray with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight, until the balls are firm to the touch.
Transfer to a sealed container and store in the fridge for up to one week. I haven’t tried them in the freezer but I see no reason why they wouldn’t freeze well.