Sweet Tooth Gets a (Healthy) Treat

March 30, 2011 at 4:46 am 4 comments

Inspiration for this post came from Raise Healthy Eaters Parents of Picky Eaters Unite series.

I have written before about my Lil C’s sweet tooth and my efforts to curb it.

While my efforts have lowered his expectation of frequent sweets, they have done nothing to change his love for them.

So, in the spirit of “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em”, I made Lil C a “treat”. I successfully made this once before and decided this would be a good after school snack this week.

This is Katie's photo - the chips in mine were chopped finely rather than big like her's

These are adapted (to make them nut-free) from Chocolate-Covered Katie’s recipe:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

Makes about 9 small balls. You can easily double, triple or even quadruple this recipe.


80 g Medjool dates (about 2/3 cup or 5 dates)

30 g raw sunflower seeds (about 2 tablespoons)

handful of old-fashioned oats (about 1/4 cup)

7 g chocolate chips (about 8-10)


Blend dates (pitted) and sunflower seeds in food processor until it becomes a paste. Add in oats and chocolate chips and pulse a few times.

Remove “dough” from the food processor and shape into balls.

Voila! They taste just like little balls of chocolate chip cookie dough but they are made with lots of delicious and nutritious stuff.

Nutrition Facts:

67 calories 11 g of carbs 3 g of fat 2 g of protein

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alicia  |  March 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Yum! I will have to try these. Especially because I recently found dairy free/soy free chocolate chips!

  • 2. Jenn Beyak  |  March 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Those sound yummy! Must try these!

  • 3. Stefanie Couture  |  March 30, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Huge hit at snack time today! My 5 yr old ate three in a row and asked for a fourth… that’s when I put my foot down:) These were so easy to make and so healthy! Thanks for sharing. BTW – I doubled the chocolate chips and added more dates.

  • 4. fitforakid  |  March 31, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    So glad they were a hit. Just had one this morning myself!


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