One of my favourite recipes from the Earth Diet book is the Cookie Dough Balls. I’m a real snacker. I eat my main meals but often get hungry in between meals as well. I have a sweet tooth so it’s important for me to find healthy, filling, snacks that also address my sweet tooth. These Cookie Dough Balls are perfect small snacks and can add variety to the other snacks I normally bring with me which is a piece of fruit like apples, bananas, and pears.
Makes 12 balls
1 cup of rolled oats (gluten free)
1 cup of cashews
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean
2 teaspoons of honey or maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon of Himalayan salt
2 tablespoons of cacao nibs (will be the ‘chocolate chips’)
1. Blend the cashews and oats in a food processor so it makes a ‘flour meal’ consistency.
2. In a bowl add this blend, along with the vanilla, salt and honey and stir. Once all mixed add the cacao nibs and stir.
3. Taste and add water if needed, or more honey if you like it sweeter. It should be a cookie dough consistency.
4. Roll the mixture into balls. I like to use an ice cream scooper with the lever to ensure they are all the same size (see below)
6. Eat and enjoy. Store in the fridge.
See full recipe on the Earth Diet website or book.
This basic recipe is so easy to modify. I’ve experimented with using butterscotch chips instead of using cacao nibs. Most recently I made a batch with maca powder, vegan protein powder, dates, and goji berries (see below). They turned out really delicious! If you have a nut allergy you can also substitute the cashews for medjool dates. You may have to eliminate the maple syrup/honey and add more oats since dates are already quite sticky and sweet.
Do you have a sweet tooth too?