Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Nutella Oat Balls

You know those commercials that advertise Nutella as a healthy breakfast?

They make me laugh.

How is it that slathering a chocolate spread filled with sugar and fat on top of whole wheat toast can be considered good for you?  It's like dressing your salad with chocolate sauce at dinner and calling it a healthy meal.

Ummm... how about no?

Buuuuut, these Nutella Oat Balls just may deserve a yes.  Made with the healthy Date Sweetened Nutella recipe I shared last week, quick oats, and silken tofu they're definitely much closer to a healthy breakfast choice than that advertised on TV.

Oh yeah, and they're pretty darn tasty too.

Nutella Oat Balls

  • 120 g mori-nu silken tofu
  • 1/4 cup Date Sweetened Nutella (you can use normal as well, but it will take away from the health benefits)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp special dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 cups quick oats (If you only have normal oats, just pulse them in a food processor or blender a bit to break them up before using)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Combine all ingredients up to milk (this includes milk) in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Place quick oats in a large bowl.  Pour wet ingredients into oats and mix until entirely incorporated.  Mixture will be dry at first, but just continue mixing and it should all incorporate.  Mix in chocolate chips.  Form into small balls and store in fridge.  Makes 20-30 small balls.

Other than breakfast, these little guys are great as pre-workout fuel, a light dessert, or a yogurt topper when crumbled.

And given that they only take 5 minutes of your day to make, I'd say that you absolutely have no reason not to make these adorable little balls.  Soooo... get mixing!

Revisited Recipe of the Day:

Peanut Butter Pumpkins (leave off the peanut butter coating and chocolate for a recipe very similar to this one)

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