Great Dessert to Share with Friends or the Office.
The basic "cookie dough" ingredients:
o 1 can garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
o 3 tbsp peanut butter (check to make sure there are no added sugars)
o 2 tbsp almond butter
o 4 dates, pitted and chopped
o 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
o 2 teaspoons stevia powder
o 1 tablespoon chia seeds
o 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
o 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
o 1 & 1/2 tsp almond extract (gives it a slightly "cherry" taste)
o 1/8 tsp baking soda
Mix all ingredients in a food processor until well blended. Mixture will take on a dough consistency when finished.
Scoop out with a teaspoon and form until 1" balls. The dough should make about 35 balls. And now you have some options for a "topping."
*This is a great option for someone who needs to watch their sugars (like for diabetes or someone who is trying to lose weight). It has a delightful light coconut and cinnamon flavor!
Mix 3 tablespoons of shredded coconut (unsweetened) with 3 teaspoons of cinnamon. Roll balls until covered in coconut and top with sprinkled cinnamon.
Nutrition Information(per one treat):
Carbohydrates: 4 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 0.5 g
Protein: 1 g
Fat: 2 g
Option 2: Chocolate Covered
For anyone who loves chocolate, this is a great chocolate covered treat! Full of nutrition - and healthy fats from coconut oil.
Using a double-boiler, melt 1/3 cup chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life -gluten, dairy and soy free) in 1 tbsp coconut oil. Mix together until forming a liquid consistency. Dip cookie dough balls into chocolate mixture, until well covered. Store in refrigerator to allow the outer coat of chocolate to harden.
Nutrition Information (per one treat):
Carbohydrates: 5 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sugar: 1.5 g
Protein: 1.2 g
Fat: 3 g
If anyone is searching for the Chocolate Cranberry Cashew Treats <- here is the link for the recipe and instructions.