Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls

Living a healthy lifestyle, eating pure, whole foods, and filling your body with the best fuel possible is truly a wonderful way to live your life. You will feel so much better mentally and physically. Your head is clearer, your stomach is content and your entire system runs better. It really, truly does.

That said, no one should live life without chocolate. NO ONE. And I certainly can't. It is not realistic to tell yourself that you can't ever enjoy the sweets and desserts you love. If you deny yourself them all of the time, you will only want the more and more.

So a couple of rules I have for myself:

1. If I chose to eat the dessert/snack that I know is not the best, eat it in moderation. A few bites, not the whole thing.

2. Come up with a recipe that satisfies that longing/craving that is better for me but still gives me that delicious mouthful of happiness!

The cool thing is that I really love to convert recipes and make them over to be healthier. It's like a tasty science experiment. Rich and the boys are my lab rats.

This recipe is adapted from a few I've seen around the net. These cookie balls contain only the natural sweetner,agave nectar, and NO flour or nasty whites. With the exception of the few chocolate chips found in each bite, the ingredients are all natural and good for your body.

And they taste pretty darn good.

About 63 calories per ball.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls
1 c. cashews, plain and unsalted
1 c. oats
3.5 T. agave nectar
1 t. pure vanilla extract
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips (divided into 1/4 c.)
2 t. extra virgin olive oil
**recipe makes 22-1" balls

Add the cashews and oats to a food processor and pulse into they are a fine powder. Add in the agave and vanilla. Pulse a minute or two until you get a fine, thick mixture that easily forms a ball. Stir in 1/4 c. of the chocolate chips.

With a small cookie scoop, make the balls and roll them in your hand until they are smooth. Lay on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet, cover and refrigerate for an hour.

Melt the remaining 1/4 c. chips and olive oil in a microwave until smooth. Dip each ball half-way into the melted chocolate and lay back on the wax paper. Cover and chill for a few hours.

These can be kept refrigerated for about a week. I like to make some without the melted chocolate so I can bring them along on daytrips in snack bags. Kids love them!
I have other versions of this recipe I will be posting in the future too.


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--What is the ONE dessert or snack that you could not go the rest of your life without eating? Mine is without question chocolate..


Erin said...

I always need a little bit of something sweet daily. I could not go without cookies for the rest of my life. The days I eat more than a little of a cookie or other sweets just mean I have to work out at the gym a little harder! But these look delicious, and I love that there are cashews in them.

Jenelle said...

Mine is cheesecake. I definately don't need it or eat it daily but it is a fav. I haven't found a recipe yet that is low in calories though. :-( So I have it maybe a few times a year. Raspberry Cheesecake is the best! If anyone has a good low cal recipe please share.

Tanya said...

Erin-good advice. I try to kick up the workouts too, but don't always have time to do that with the little guy!

Jenelle-cheesecake is my specialty! I will have to go on a mission to make the perfect tasting one that is lower in calories. Hmmmm :)

Anna said...

Thanks for more healthy food recipes! I'm with you, it's chocolate - hands down!

kellyerace said...

Thanks! I've been looking for recipes that include agave nectar. Looks yum!

Fairlie said...

Great blog! I found it searching for some healthy recipes. I made these balls yesterday, and they are great. I'm wondering whether they would work with glucose syrup, as I'm trying to cut the fructose from my diet. I'll give it a go anyway!

Anonymous said...

Trying these cookies today. Do you think it would work with a different more inexpensive kind of nut like a simple peanut?? Still trying it with the cashews today though!

Anonymous said...

I made these tonight and the mixture didn't roll into balls well. Maybe I should have run these through the food processor longer? The flavor is great though, and I'm looking forward to making these again - the kids love them.

Lesley said...

Hey! I'm a chocoholic. Crave it all the time. I don't really like nuts though. Do you think these would work well w/out the cashews? I've never seen agave nectar before... will have to take a look at the grocery store next time. Thanks!

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Janine LaTulippe said...

I love all of your oat ball recipes. These are a great alternative. My husband and I are trying to cut back on the junk food. It is really hard! These will be great for the kids too. I won't feel so bad if they eat more than one. I am a new follower on GFC and Blog Lovin. Hope to see you at True Aim. Thanks so much for sharing!

Cheforhird said...

I love these!! Made them twice in 2 days they are delish and for the most part, healthy!

Stewart Family said...

I don't have evoo and was wondering if these could be made with a different oil? Also, has anyone tried these with dry roastes peanuts?