Modified Dessert Cookie Dough Bites

Hola.  So I’ve been a busy little bee in my kitchen again.  I had cooking class through work again this month, and the topic was desserts.

As the name of this blog is meant to imply, yes I am a dietitian so I am about being healthy.  But I am also a human, meaning I LOVEEEEE food that tastes really good.

So I like finding recipes that I can use to find a happy medium, between food that tastes amazing, and a healthier twist (but one that still make the food taste really good).

In preparation for this class I was all over pinterest, in search of ideas (I am admittedly NOT a creative person).

One of the recipes I found on Pinterest originated from Tone It Up! and their pinterest page- the cookie dough bites.  Nom.

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Here is the recipe:

2/3 cup cashews

1/3 cup oatmeal

1 scoop protein powder (vanilla, chocolate would work too)

1 Tbsp Pure Maple Syrup

1 Tsp Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp Coconut oil

1/4 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips

*The coconut oil was not a part of the original recipe, I felt the “dough” lacked moisture, so I added 1 tbsp of the coconut oil, and it helped immensely.

What you do:

1) In a food processor combine the cashews, and oatmeal, process until you have a fine mixture.

2) Add protein powder (I like Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey/Gold Standard Protein), syrup, vanilla, coconut oil & blend more

3) Add in chocolate chips

4) Roll about 12 truffle sized balls

Macros (if you make 12)

Serving size = 1 ball

Calories: 78

 Total Fat: 4.5 g

Saturated Fat: 2 g

Cholesterol: 5 mg

Sodium: 12.5 mg

Potassium: 40 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 7.5 g

Sugars: 4 g

Protein: 3 g

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So a couple of things.  Your macros are going to be a little different depending on the type of protein powder you use.  The protein powder in this “Super Advanced Whey Protein” by Body Fortress.  I prefer Optimum, but I am out right now.  I feel Optimum has the best Carb/Protein/Calorie ratio.

Also I highly recommend following the recipe.  Tonight I tried to do 1/2 cup cashews 1/2 cup oatmeal.  They were really mealy, and crumbly.  They were so bad I had to add 2 tbsp of almond butter in an effort to save the batch.

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