- ½ large beet, roasted and pureed in its juice
- 3 T. almond butter
- ¼ c. dark brown sugar
- 1 c. rolled oats
- ½ c. almond meal
- ¼ c. hemp seeds
- ½ c. ground flaxseed
- ½ c. unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 t. cacao powder
- ¾ c. mini chocolate chips (use non-dairy for vegan)
- ½ c. cacao nibs
- 1 oz. dried goji berries
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the pureed beet, almond butter, cacao powder and dark brown sugar until mixed thoroughly.
- Add in the almond meal, rolled oats, seeds and coconut and stir until completely incorporated.
- Lastly, add in the cacoa nibs, chocolate chips and goji berries and stir to combine.
- Press dough down with wax paper and cover until thoroughly chilled. I chilled mine overnight but an hour or two will probably do.
- Roll into balls. I got 23 balls approximately 1.2 ounces a piece.
- Store in a sealed container in the fridge.
I wanted something small to snack on when I wake up in the morning before my morning bowl of oats. I don’t wake up hungry but find that I get hungry in between the time that I wake up, get ready for work and get to work (6 am). I don’t like to eat breakfast that early in the morning so I thought a small snack would help keep my hunger at bay until I can eat my breakfast at a decent hour (say 7 or 8 am).
Marly’s recipe does not contain sugar but contains ingredients that have more sugar (a larger amount of chocolate chips and possibly the coconut – the sweetness isn’t specified in the recipe). I tried making this recipe without sugar thinking the beets were sweet enough but … they weren’t. You can try omitting the sugar if you’d like, but I think the 1/4 cup of brown sugar doesn’t do much damage to the recipe, health-wise anyway. You could use something healthier in place of the brown sugar, like coconut sugar (which I forgot I have!), if you so choose.
Based on the 23 balls yielded in this recipe, each ball contains approximately 160 calories, 4 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and 14 grams of carbohydrates (if you’re counting that).
I fed one to my coworker today and she said she loved it even though she hates beets. She said you can’t taste the beet taste at all and I have to say I agree. These cookie dough bites are perfectly sweet and great for that stretch of time in between (or before!) meals. My for coworker even thinks eating one helped stave off a headache!