Vegan Chocolately Peanut Buttery Cookie Dough Balls

Chocolate and peanut butter might just be the best flavor combination on the planet!!  If you agree with me, this recipe is a must for you!  The good totally awesome news is – it’s a healthy treat!  No processed sugars, gluten or eggs – hooray!  What are you waiting for?  Get out your food processors and let’s do this!

 

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Chocolatey Peanut Buttery Cookie Dough

1 cup oats

3/4 cup organic raw carob powder

1 Tbsp maca

1/2 cup coconut shreds

2 heaping Tbsp natural peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla

4 dates

1/3 cup coconut milk {could be more}

1/2 cup organic raw cacao nibs

Directions: Whizz oats in food processor until it’s nice and powdery.  Add maca, carob and coconut shreds and whizz some more.  Add vanilla,dates and PB. Slowly add coconut milk until dough starts to form.  Once desire consistency is achieved add cacao nibs and pulse until combined.

I used a cookie dough baller thingy to make my balls. { Not sure what it’s really called,but it’s what we always used growing up to make cookies.}  You really need to pack the dough in tight for a nice ball to form.  The cacao nibs make the dough a little crumbly, but just form it up with your fingers if needed.

After a few hours, the cacao nibs start to soften but still remain slightly crunchy.  I made mine yesterday and they are even softer today which might be good for those who don’t like the crunchiness of the nibs.

Makes about two dozen.

Confession: I had two {ok, maybe 3} for breakfast with some orange slices.  The only thing better than chocolate and peanut butter is adding some oranges to the mix.  PS, I’m still keeping with my raw challenge…lunch and dinner will most certainly be raw!

xoxo,

Crystal

Green Choco-Peanut Butter Smoothie

Do you ever wake up craving chocolate?  Today I had a craving for something chocolatey and peanut buttery.  First thing in the morning – really? I believe you need to listen to your cravings –  it’s your body telling you something.  So, I listened…

Green Choco-Peanut Butter Smoothie

2 handfuls of frozen peaches

2 heaping Tbsp natural peanut butter

2 heaping Tbsp raw carob powder

1 tsp chlorella

1 tsp maca

1 1/2 cups coconut milk (more or less)

raw cacao nibs

Directions: Whizz in blender.  Sprinkle with nibs.  Yummy!

Peachy Carob Smoothie

To make room for a photo of this morning’s breakfast creation I had to purge some photos from my iPhone.  With well over 300 photos and videos taking up space it was time to clean house.  I hate it when this happens.  The photos are all saved on my computer but it still breaks my heart to delete photos of Lennox.  Scrolling to the top, I always delete the oldest first – it’s become my ritual.  Seeing how much the little guy has grown in such a short time makes me more sad and just plain proud. That little boy has grown from a little speck in my tummy to a speed crawler –  gosh – that still amazes me.  Now someone remind me why I chose to get the 16gb and not the 32gb iPhone.  I woulda had much more space to keep those precious snapshots of my little monkey.  When this phone dies, I’m goin’ big on the next one!

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Peachy Carob Smoothie

1 1/2 handfuls of frozen peaches (such scientific measurement I know)

1/2 banana

1 tsp chlorella

1 tsp maca

2 Tbsp raw organic carob powder

1 cup coconut water (just guessing, I didn’t measure)

Raw cacao nibs to sprinkle on top

Directions:Whizz in blender till peach chunks are gone.  Pour into a fancy glass and sprinkle with cacao nibs.  Drink some and go back for more cacao nibs.  Repeat.

Read about the benefits of raw carob powder here.

Read about the benefits of chlorella here.

Read about the benefits of maca here.

Read about the benefits of raw cacao nibs here.