These low sugar, nut-free chocolate mint balls are high in natural protein and low in added sweeteners!
A quick glance through my dessert recipes, and you'll quickly recognize my passion for chocolate and mint.
These babies are filled with all the good stuff and none of the bad.
Oats, some coconut for its candida-fighting properties, hemp seeds for a boost of protein, cocoa for energy, honey for a touch of sweetness, and peppermint for that exhilarating 'I-just-brushed-my-teeth' feeling.
Roll them in some crushed candy canes for a Christmas-y touch, and you've got yourself a healthy, seasonal treat that pleases all!
Ingredients and substitutions
- Oats - Rolled or quick
- Hemp seeds - Raw pumpkin seeds or another nut can be substituted.
- Cocoa powder
- Sea salt
- Coconut oil
- Honey - Maple syrup will also work.
- Vanilla extract
- Peppermint extract
- Crushed candy canes
To begin, add the oats to a food processor. Pulse them a few times to break them down to a meal consistency.
Add in the coconut and hemp seeds and pulse everything a few more times, again to break everything down to be more flour-like.
Pulse in the cocoa and salt 1-2 times, then add in the honey, water, and both extracts. Process the ingredients until they form a dough. Add a bit more water if it's too dry. They should actually be a bit sticky, as it will aid in adhering to the crushed candy canes.
Roll the dough into balls and press them into a plate of crushed candy canes, if desired.
No-Bake Chocolate Mint Balls
- 1 cup oats
- ⅓ cup grated unsweetened coconut
- ⅓ cup hemp seeds
- 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- ⅛ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 ½ Tablespoons honey
- 2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 3 Tablespoons water
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ⅛ teaspoon peppermint extract
- crushed candy canes optional
- Process the oats, coconut, and hemp seeds until broken down into a meal consistency.
- Pulse in cocoa and salt.
- Add remaining ingredients, and process until the dough gets clumpy and starts to come together. Add another tablespoon of water if needed. They should be a bit sticky to the touch, as this will help the crushed candy canes adhere to the outside of the ball.
- Form balls with the mixture (about 12).
- Roll in crushed candy canes, if desired.
- Enjoy or chill until ready to be eaten.
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