I am sure you are well aware that it is the start of a new week (how did that happend?) I am not quite sure how it is that my alarm rang this morning and magically changed the days from weekend to week day, but needless to say I’m not thrilled with it’s new found magical power. Regardless, happy Monday, I hope you had a lovely weekend that was all things warm and bright… or at least filled with holiday cheer.
Given that it is indeed a Monday (maybe not for you, but it is for me) I have a recipe to share. It is not the fanciest or the most new idea, in fact I modified a recipe or two to find this one on my own.
The story behind these delicious little life savers goes back to the thing all women… people, hate doing; dieting. I spoke before about the cleanse that Drew and I did for the wedding. Although it was a wonderful experience, I knew that I still had to be careful about what I was putting in my body after the fact. I am not here to tell you that I didn’t want to go eat terrible terrible food, mostly french fries, but for the sake of my dress (oh… and my health) I got really crafty with the recipes I was making, trying to find *healthier alternatives.
These no-bake cookie bites were the brain child of wanting chocolate and peanut butter in one delectable cookie type form, but not wanting the guilt of all of the sugar attached. Normally they are the easiest thing to make, that is if you have a food processor, which I do not, so a really heft fork and a good bowl will do the job nicely if you are as desperate as I am.
What you will need (Please note, the way in which I make these bites they are Gluten Free, Soy Free, Dairy Free, and processed Sugar Free… To make them Vegan omit the Honey and us only Agave):
15-20 Medjool Dates
1/2 Cup Coco Powder (Dark Chocolate preferably)
2 packets of Justin’s Almond Butter
3 TBSP Natural or Organic Peanut Butter (the kind that is JUST peanuts)
1/4 cup Agave Nectar
1-2 TBSP Honey (Only if needed for moisture)
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 cup Almond Meal
1/4 cup Gluten Free Oats
For Coating (optional):
1/2 cup Unsweetened Coconut
1/2 cup Raw Coco Nibs
Place the Dates into a large bowl and mash with a heavy duty fork… if you are awesome and have a food processor skip these instructions, put everything (minus the Oats) into the processor bowl and blend until smooth, add the oats and meet us back up for the forming instructions…
Once the Dates are gooey and mashed, add in all of the other ingredients (minus the oats) and stir, making sure to thoroughly mix everything in, if you fail to mix the coco all the way in, someone is bound to get a mouth full of powder when they bite into their snack. Add in the Oats and stir.
Form the mixture into 1 inch balls, rolling until smooth around the edges.
Optional: Roll the balls in Raw Coconut or Raw Coco Nibs for an extra special treat.
While these “goodies” may not be a hot fudge sunday, they certainly do the trick for satisfying that sweet tooth. Because they are also packed with protien they are a great snack to hold you over in between meals.
*As I was writing this I realized it’s the holiday season, so I will abstain from any other healthy food posts until after the holidays. By then most of us will have all fallen so far off the “healthy” band wagon that we will need a bus load of health filled things to bring us back! Then again, maybe we will all be good this year and eat treats like these (instead of cake and pie) to stave off the holiday pounds.