There are many reasons why I love baking. One is purely hedonistic- I love sweet things- the end. Another is that it’s therapeutic. Maybe it’s the aroma or maybe it’s the process but either way I feel just as refreshed from cookie-making (minus the eating too much dough) as I do after a great workout. Lastly, it’s always been an extremely useful social skill. It’s a pretty simple fact that people like you a little better when you bake for them. In fact, it’s my go-to way to make friends, keep friends, and fix friendships (well one of my ways at least). Maybe that’s cheating but it’s definitely a win-win for everyone.
Lately though, it’s been more difficult to make everyone happy with sugar because people are actually wanting healthier things! As more and more friends and coworkers have special dietary restrictions and just want overall wholesome foods, I have had to adjust my skill set accordingly. This is actually still a win-win because most of the time (minus those cupcakes I made last week…), I like to eat healthy too. So here is my good-for-you sweet recipe, that is so easy it only includes the pre-baking process. Most importantly, I’m still making friends happy.
Various versions of these have popped up all over Pinterest, and I’ve tried many of them over the past year but I’m pretty confident in my own recipe here. They truly taste like cookie dough, sticky goodness and all. Plus they are protein-packed and nutritious- perfect to eat as a snack and as dessert. You don’t even have to share them- no guilt! But as usual, I will share with all.
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup agave syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- Add cashews, coconut flakes, oats, sea salt, and cinnamon to food processor and pulse/process until it’s a somewhat fine meal.
- Add almond butter, agave, and vanilla and pulse/process until everything is fairly smooth and stuck together. (Sometimes I just put both wet + dry ingredients in and process it all together)!
- Use spatula to transfer dough from food processor to small bowl and stir in chocolate chips.
- Roll dough into 1-in (or larger) balls and place on cookie sheet or pan. Place in freezer for an hour to let them firm up.
- Transfer balls to a container and store in freezer (for crunchy bites) or refrigerator. Eat up!