Paleo Cookie Dough Bites

TRUE FACT: I actually don't love cookies.

I know, who am I??? But seriously, I'd pick a bowl of soft serve ice cream or a gooey brownie over a cookie ANY day.

I've posted recipes for healthy, mostly raw "cookies" before. None of these taste like the traditional, baked variety, but personally I love that about them. This variation doesn't include any oats making it perfect for my paleo friends. I especially love the addition of roasted hazelnuts - it gives these cookies an interesting flavor... plus, almonds are SO 2017 ;).

Cookie Dough Bites

Cookie Dough Bites

Cookie Dough Bites vegan / gluten free / paleo

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients except cacao nibs to your food processor (or Vitamix) and pulse until "dough" starts to come together.
  2. Add cacao nibs and pulse a few times more to incorporate.
  3. Form into balls with your hands. You can also use a melon scooper for more uniform bites. Arrange on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, or until firm.
  4. Enjoy immediately, or store in the freezer to eat later.

If you make this recipe, I'd love it if you would snap a photo and post to social media - make sure to tag me @EmilyNachazel so I can see it.

 

 

Happy happy holidays friends!

Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookies

The “breakfast cookie” - sounds like an oxymoron, right? Let’s be real: these do not taste like traditional cookies, but they are naturally sweet and delicious AND good enough for you that you can have a few for breakfast, totally guilt free.

Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Cookies // gluten free, naturally sweetened

Ingredients:

  • 2 large ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter of choice)
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • dash sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • optional: 2-3 tbsp maple syrup (I suggest only adding this if your bananas are not super ripe OR if you plan to serve these to friends who may not be used to “healthy” treats)
  • optional add ins: chopped nuts, chocolate chips, cacao nibs

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Mash bananas eggs and peanut butter with a fork.
  3. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  4. Scoop by heaping tablespoon onto greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms just start to brown. Enjoy as is, or slathered with more peanut butter :)

 

Treat yourself with these three sweet recipes!

Let's wrap this month up on a sweet note shall we?

Healthy doesn't have to mean deprivation, or totally giving up on desserts and sweets. It simply means finding better for you versions that taste great AND make you feel great. Yup, it's possible, and if you've been hanging out with me for a while you know it's something that I specialize in ;)

This week's tip: Find "upgraded" versions of your favorite sweet treats so that you can indulge with ZERO guilt (or belly aches).

Here are some easy recipes for you to start with:

- Love ice cream? Try Banana NICE Cream
- Craving a candy bar? Grab yourself a Stuffed Chocolate Date
- Cookie monster? Reach for one of these Raw PB Cookies (so healthy you can have them for breakfast!!)

Practice this: What's one treat you can "upgrade" this week? Maybe you use one of these recipes, or find one of your own, but commit to making ONE small shift this week. And let me know how it goes! Post a picture on social media or share in the comments below! I can't wait to hear how you TREAT YOURSELF!

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies

Packed with natural sugars and healthy fats, these little cookies are my new favorite after- lunch sweet treat. I keep a batch in the freezer and have noticed that they dry out a bit when stored like this, but I think that makes them taste even more like a baked cookie (versus your typical raw energy ball).  Seriously, these cookies taste so much like the baked, less wholesome version that I'm surprised (in a good way) every time I bite into one.

Like many raw treats, this one has limited ingredients (PB, dates, almonds, salt) and comes together in a snap.  Head over to A House in the Hills for the recipe!

photo and recipe via a house in the hills

photo and recipe via a house in the hills

Note:  I added a bit more peanut butter than the recipe calls for.  Taste and adjust as you go.

UPDATE: I also made these with almond pulp instead of almonds and they turned out just fine! I'm always happy to find a recipe to use up the mountains of pulp I have in my freezer (from making homemade nut milk).  SCORE.