If these look identical to my Chocolate-Nana Coconut Balls…it’s because I forgot to take a picture of the final product, but trust me, they DO look identical anyways (as you can see in the photo above).
My toddler, Everest, and I were about to have a snack, and since he is on an elimination diet right now and can’t have wheat, eggs, dairy or refined sugar, this is the perfect treat for him. He went for a walk to Tim Horton’s with my parents this morning, and is quite amazing at understanding the food in there won’t make his body feel or be well, he will openly state “That has too much sugar, and it’s not healthy for my body”. Seriously, what 3 year old has this much control?! All my talks on teaching him about “Superhero” foods to make his body strong and healthy has really paid off…most of the time! 😉
So it immediately dawned on me, these lil’ guys look *just* like Timbits, only with much more health benefits (high fibre, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, low calorie) compared to the sugar-laden, insulin driving, ridiculously high calorie Timbits at Tim Horton’s.
Let’s get to the recipe, shall we?
2 cups chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
1/2 cup natural nut butter (I love peanut butter, but any nut butter will do)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp Tri-Pow Greens (if you don’t have this, you can add 1 tsp Spirulina and 1 tsp Chlorella)
Natural sweetener: I use about 1/4 cup Xylitol, but you can use stevia, raw honey, coconut palm sugar or unsweetened apple sauce (with apple sauce, just use less water than recipe calls for) – add sweetener until desired sweetness obtained
2 tsp cinnamon
Water- I didn’t measure, but start with 1/2 cup and add more if needed. Dough should be a thick, cookie dough consistency
1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
Optional: Chocolate chips
1) Toss all ingredients, except for coconut flakes into blender or food processor and blend.
Add Tri-Pow (Spirulina & Chlorella) for extra health benefits of protein, iron, minerals and vitamins!
2) Once blended, hand mix in the chocolate chips
You can eat it JUST like this- cookie dough! I LOVE eating it this way!!! Comfort food with so much health benefits!! The only thing is, it doesn’t look very appetizing with the green-brown color this makes…so if you can move past that & close your eyes and savour…then you’re good.
3) With wet hands, roll a spoonful into a ball and coat in coconut flakes (I would recommend this if you’re making this for others- much more appealing to look at!)
4) Place in freezer for 1 hour to set OR you can place in fridge for several hours. Keep refrigerated.
Chickpea: High in protein & fibre, which will help you keep satiated longer; lowers “bad” cholesterol which reduces risk of heart disease; high in iron; and for women, contain phytochemicals called saponins, which can act as antioxidants. It could lower the risk of breast cancer, protect against osteoporosis and minimizes hot flushes in post-menopausal women. Yay!
Peanut Butter: When it comes to peanut butter, organic and natural is best because non-organic PB is high in toxins. The poly- and monounsaturated fats in PB lower your risk of developing heart disease by reducing the amount of harmful cholesterol in your bloodstream, and also prevent type 2 diabetes. PB is also has potassium, which helps your nerves function properly and aids in heart function. Peanut butter offers a small quantity of protein too. In addition, PB contains a specific compound that fights the effects of stress: beta-sitosterol! Yay for PB!!
Cocoa Powder: packed full of antioxidant-rich phytonutrients, which help to stops the fire of free radicals our bodies generate and are exposed to every day. Includes the mineral copper which supports the oxygenation of red blood cells and aiding in cellular energy production. Also is the highest food in magnesium, which is a mineral that’s crucial for cardiovascular health, optimal blood pressure, and protein synthesis.
Shredded Coconut Flakes: Includes a healthy does of protein, zinc, iron, and fibre.