Chocolate Cookie Dough Bites

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Or as I call them, little bites of heaven! These things are the best little snacks. They curb my sweet craving and they are actually good me for! My boys love them and request them in their lunch boxes as their snack.

I use Shakeology for these.  I have never made them with any other protein powder so I can’t tell you how they would taste if you tried. Vanilla, Chocolate and Cafe Latte flavored Shakeology all work well for these.  The vanilla actually look like raw cookie dough.  I wouldn’t recommend using the Strawberry or Greenberry flavors.  I haven’t tried it but it doesn’t sound very appetizing.

You just dump all the ingredients in the bowl of your stand mixer and let it do the rest.  Once it is completely combined, roll them into 1-inch balls and store them in the refrigerator.

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I use raw honey whenever a recipe calls for honey.  It’s a bit more expensive bit most processed honey today has been heated and filtered, robbing it of its nutritional value and resulting in a product no more valuable than a simple sweetener.  Raw honey contains up to 80 different substances important to human nutrition. Besides glucose and fructose, honey contains: All of the B-complex, A, C, D, E, and K, minerals and trace elements: magnesium, sulfur, phosphorus, iron, calcium, chlorine, potassium, iodine, sodium, copper, and manganese. The live enzyme content of honey is one of the highest of all foods. Raw honey also contains hormones and antimicrobial and antibacterial factors.

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The recipe only makes one batch of 13-14 balls but it can easily be doubled.  Give them a try, they truly are little bites of heaven!

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Serving Size: 1 Ball

Chocolate Cookie Dough Bites

Sweet energy bites that won't ruin your waist line!

15 minPrep Time:

15 minTotal Time:

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup organic almond or peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 1/2 scoops Shakeology (Chocolate, Vanilla or Cafe Latte work well)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 2 TBSP of mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a bowl or bowl of a stand mixer and combine.
  2. Roll mixture into 1-inch balls.
  3. Store in an air tight container for up to a week
  4. (I like to keep mine in the refrigerator)
Recipe Type: Sweet Treats

Notes

Containers= 1 Yellow, 1 tsp

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Shakeology Brownies

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Every so often you get a massive chocolate craving that you just can’t ignore.  Tonight was one of those nights for me.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a cake or pie person and I am not the type to sit and eat a chocolate bar (truffles are another story) BUT put cookies or a pan of brownies in front of me and I can rival any competitive eater.  It’s shameful but true.

Enter Shakeology brownies.  Four to five (one is optional) HEALTHY ingredients and that’s it! Chocolate craving gone!

My kids actually ate these for breakfast the other day.  Yep, that’s how healthy and full of good stuff they are!

Now, I used Shakeology for this brownies, hence the name, because it’s my super food shake that I drink daily.  Could you use another type of “protein powder?”  Though Shakeology is SO much more than a protein powder, I guess you could.  I haven’t tested it, so you are on your own with what you use and how it tastes.  These came out more of a fudgey brownie than a cakey one.  That’s the way I prefer my brownies.

I also used this Cacao powder (thanks Val).  You could use a different one but I do not recommend Dutch Processed.  f-858847000871

The flavor of Shakeology is also up to you.  I used Vanilla and 1/4 of cacao powder for a richer chocolate flavor.  If you use chocolate Shakeology, I wouldn’t use as much cacao powder, maybe 2 tablespoons.  The new Cafe Latte flavor would be great too!  Coffee and chocolate go wonderfully together!

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Serving Size: 1 brownie

Shakeology Brownies

5 minPrep Time:

25 minCook Time:

30 minTotal Time:

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Ingredients

  • 3 medium overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup melted peanut butter or almond butter (can sub for any nut/seed or soy nut butter)
  • 2 T - 1/4 cup cacao/cocoa powder (more = richer taste)
  • 2 scoops of Shakeology
  • Handful of dark chocolate chips, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven the 350 degrees, grease a small pan and set aside. (Mine was approx 10x6, the larger the pan the thinner the brownies)
  2. In a small microwave-safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter.
  3. In a food processor or blender, combine the bananas, cocoa powder, protein powder and nut butter until very smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture into the greased pan, top with optional chocolate chips.
  5. Bake for around 25 minutes or until cooked through.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into pieces.
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Roasted Chickpeas (with flavor options)

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When it comes to snacks are you a salty person or sweet?  Some folks will say, “why choose?” while others will have a definitive preference.  My snack preference tends to lean towards the salt side.  Chips, pretzels, crackers, come 4:00 can’t be anywhere for me to see.  That’s why today’s post is brilliant!  Roasted Chickpeas! You can make them salty or sweet depending on your preference AND chickpeas are such a great way to sneak fiber into your diet! They are low in fat, high in protein and only have around 30 calories per tablespoon depending on your flavorings!

Never in a million years would I have thought I would be making a post about chickpeas.  They’ve never been a pea that I have gravitated towards but things have changed!  I mean, I like chickpeas, or garbanzo beans in salads and hummus…but roasted? Never even crossed my mind.  

I noticed that in most recipes, the chickpeas are marinated in the seasonings of choice before roasting, but I prefer to roast them for awhile before I dump them in a bowl of “whatever” and pop them back in the oven to finish off. I find that when I do it this way, the chickpeas are less likely to overcook or have the seasonings burn.  No one wants to eat a burnt chickpea. Blah!

I’ve provided you with a simple master recipe for roasting and some of our favorite flavors to get you started.  It’s really an endless list of what you can do with them.  Get creative!

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Yield: 8 Servings

Roasted Chickpeas

10 minPrep Time:

45 minCook Time:

55 minTotal Time:

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Ingredients

  • 2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans) or about 4 cups cooked chickpeas from dried beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Seasonings of your choice (see below for suggestions)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Prepare the beans for roasting by draining and rinsing them, then letting them dry on a towel until most of the excess moisture is absorbed.
  3. Spread on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  4. Roast the chickpeas in the oven for 30 minutes or until they are starting to get crunchy, stirring the beans every 15 minutes to ensure even cooking.
  5. Remove from the oven and dump into a large bowl.
  6. Immediately (while beans are still hot), toss with olive oil and seasonings of your choice (below).
  7. Spread beans back on the baking sheet and place beans back in the oven and cook 15 more minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so.
  8. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Notes

Honey Cinnamon - 1 teaspoon cinnamon, a pinch nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, 2 tablespoons honey

Garlic Parmesan - 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 2 cloves fresh minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Southwest Blend - 1/2 teaspoon chile powder, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin, 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, pinch cayenne (optional)

Buffalo Sauce (I like Frank's) - 8 Tablespoons buffalo sauce, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

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