No-Bake Chocolate Chip Balls

These nuggets take about 10 minutes to make, and the texture is great—dense and chewy. What is nutritional yeast, you may ask? It’s an inactive yeast grown for nutritional purposes (don’t worry, it cannot cause yeast infections nor is it related to Candida albicans). Packed with protein (two tablespoons boast eight grams), fibre, vitamins and minerals, it’s particularly rich in vitamin B12, found mostly in animal products (meat, milk, etc.) Vitamin B12 boosts energy and energy metabolism (aka fat burning), which is why many people, including nonvegans, get B12 shots. My pain-free, tasty solution? Stock up on nutritional yeast (find it at health food stores) and make these balls! (My low-carb sandwich thins, also delicious, are made with nutritional yeast, too.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • ½ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1½ Tbs natural peanut butter
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla (optional)
  • 1-4 Tbs water
  • 3 Tbs mini chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. In a mini food processor, process oats, raisins, nutritional yeast, peanut butter, cinnamon and vanilla until incorporated.
  2. Add water, 1 Tbs at a time, until mixture sticks together and pulls away from sides of bowl.
  3. Add chocolate chips; pulse until distributed throughout mixture.
  4. Dump mixture into a bowl; shape into small balls. (I make about 16.)
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Per ball: 60 calories, 2 g fat (1 g sat, 0 g trans), 2 mg sodium, 1 g fibre, 4 g sugar, 2 g protein

Tips & Variations:

  • Add 1-2 Tbs ground flaxseed for extra fibre and omega-3 fats.
  • If you don’t have nutritional yeast, use ground flaxseed, oat bran or more oats.
  • Use crunchy peanut butter for more peanut flavour and texture.
  • For extra protein, add 1 scoop protein powder (omit ¼ cup oats or nutritional yeast); add more or less water as necessary.

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