Chocolate Peanut Butter Power Bites + No added sugar challenge

Looking for a healthier dessert to keep around your house when your sweet tooth strikes? These power bites taste like peanut butter cups but have no added sugar!

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With Valentine’s Day happening a few weeks ago and Girl Scout Cookie season in full effect, my husband and I have been eating {and craving} way more added sugar/ dessert than we have in the past. I find once I get in the habit of having something sweet after every meal, my body craves it. We decided that, next week, we are cutting out all added sugar from our diet for 7 days, in hopes that we will break this craving of sweets! I challenge you to join me in this because having group support and accountability are some of the best ways to achieve a goal. Are you in?

Starting this Monday (2/29), we are planning to only eat sugar from natural sources, essentially remove white and brown sugars from our diet. We will allow ourselves honey and agave nectar in moderation, and other sauces/ sides with less than 2 gram added sugar per serving. Remember, sugar can be hidden in the most unsuspecting items, and it’s important to read a label to determine whether sugar is natural or added.

In preparation for our week ahead, I wanted to make a snack to keep in our fridge that met our ‘no added sugar’ criteria. The dates in this recipe provide a natural sweetness.  And, these bites are perfect to keep for a quick snack.  You would never know that these are full of healthy ingredients (even chia seeds)!

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Pulse pitted dates in food processor or blender until they’re in small pieces (or even form a ball). Mix together pulsed dates, oatmeal, toasted coconut flakes, natural peanut butter, chia seeds, unsweetened cocoa powder, and vanilla extract. I used a mixer to allow for an easier process. Once mixed together, roll into balls (size of your choice). It may take some forming with your hands to get into a ball shape. And, should you desire additional sweetness or have a dry mixture, drizzle honey {to taste} into your mixture before rolling into balls. In order to set, allow the balls to sit in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Power Bites
 
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Looking for a healthier dessert to keep around your house when your sweet tooth strikes? These power bites taste like peanut butter cups but have no added sugar!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: ~20 balls
Ingredients
  • 1 cup dates, pitted (if dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes, drain well)
  • ⅔ cup oatmeal
  • ⅔ cup toasted unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Pulse pitted dates in food processor or blender until they're in small pieces (or even form a ball).
  2. Mix together pulsed dates, oatmeal, toasted coconut flakes, natural peanut butter, chia seeds, unsweetened cocoa powder, and vanilla extract.
  3. Once mixed together, roll into balls (size of your choice).
  4. In order to set, allow the balls to sit in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes and store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  5. *Should you desire additional sweetness or have a dry mixture, drizzle honey into your mixture before rolling into balls.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1/20 Calories: 101 Fat: 4.5 Saturated fat: 1.5 Carbohydrates: 13.4 Sugar: 8 Sodium: 6.7 Fiber: 2.4 Protein: 2.7 Cholesterol: 0

 

Chocolate peanut butter power bites, perfect to beat sugar cravings! Delicious!
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