Peanut Butter & Cacao Energy Bites

So I’ve been really getting my sweet cravings lately. Like literally after every meal. That’s quite unusual for me since I don’t essentially have a sweet tooth. But I ALWAYS look at the dessert menu first lol. I’m one of those people who are excited about desserts from the start of a meal but by the time you actually come to the desserts portion, you are too full. Does it happen with any of you? Or maybe I’m the only weirdo haha 😛

Energy bites are definitely the best thing ever! They are light, yet filling and definitely do the trick of satisfying your sweet cravings without burdening your waistline. No extra 20 minutes on the treadmill for these guys, woohoo! I love how quick these are to put together and you don’t have to be a culinary mastermind to make them. Just throw everything into one bowl and give it a good stir. Tadaaa! Energy bites are super versatile and you can literally make them in any flavor. I went with the classic peanut butter-cacao combination because well, I was craving peanut butter. (Seeee you don’t have to deprive yourself of the food you like because of a healthy lifestyle). There is a lot of goodness packed into one bite here. You get your protein dose from peanut butter and oats. Oats are also a high source of fiber. Cacao are great anti-oxidants and flax seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Bottom line: they are damn good! 😀

Peanut butter cacao balls

Peanut butter energy bites

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Makes: 12 balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup flax seed meal
  • 3 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp coffee powder
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp honey / maple syrup if vegan

 

Method

  • In a medium bowl, add the oats, flax seed meal, cacao powder and coffee powder. Mix well.
  • Add the peanut butter and honey/ maple syrup and mix well until everything comes together. Form 1″ balls. You could also make bars out of them. Refrigerate until use.

 

 

 

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Almond Oat Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe has been requested by so many of you, and I’ve finally sat down to really write it. I’m sorry for that little delay there, blame it on exams! We can all hate it together now, haha. First of all, hi guys! How have all of you been? I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, with all the gorgeous, flavourful food. We don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving here in India, but I’m so thankful to all of you for constant love and support. Thank youu xx.

Are you excited for the festive season? I surely am! We decorated our tiny Christmas tree today, and it’s definitely kicking in now. Yay! This is our first Christmas of the blog and I am going to do a lot of festive baking once exams are overrrr! 4 down, 1 to go. Be ready for all that yumminess coming your way 😀 Coming back to our cookies, oh aren’t they just perfect! I made these as a healthy snack (yes, cookies are my snack!) to munch on while studying. Turns out, before I could reach for the second one, my dad had already finished them all! He loved it so much. He couldn’t believe that they were gluten free, and are only sweetened with honey and a bit of brown sugar. Oh, did I mention they are eggless? I guess we are all happy now!

Due to my recent diet changes, I sort of refrained myself from eating all things dessert. That’s quite a task when you’re a baker yourself. However, that’s also the advantage. I have always liked eating healthy, but I was kind of hesitant to explore the healthier alternatives for desserts, mainly because I had never had a good experience with them. A lot of the places where I tried ‘healthier’ desserts tasted like soap or nowhere close to being called desserts for that matter. Trying out options myself, I have realised that healthy can be just as delicious and satisfying. Why not satisfy your cravings without the guilt? These cookies are the perfect example for that. They are so wholesome yet unbelievably delicious, with all the good things. Perfect with a cup of tea, or coffee. Hope you enjoy. Happy baking! 🙂

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Just a few points to remember:

  • Do not forget to lower your temperature (like I did). They are extremely sensitive and can burn within minutes.
  • I like to line my baking tray twice just to ensure the bottoms don’t turn black. First with a foil paper and then a parchment/baking paper.
  • Chill the cookie dough for at least an hour to reduce spreading. They will still spread a bit.

 

Recipe adaptation: Passionate about baking

MAKES: 18-20 cookies

INGREDIENTS 

  • 100 gms salted butter, at room temperature
  • 80 gms honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 30 gms brown sugar
  • 200 gms almond meal
  • 100 gms rolled oats
  • 50 gms dark chocolate chips

 

METHOD

  • Line a baking tray with a baking paper. (I like to line twice) Keep aside.
  • In a small bowl, heat butter, honey and vanilla extract over low heat until the butter melts. Mix well. You can use a microwave as well.
  • Whisk in the baking soda and brown sugar. Add the oats, almond meal and chocolate chips to form a cookie dough. It will be a bit sticky. Cover with a clingfilm wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 140 C.
  • Make small balls out of the cookie dough and press lightly with your palm (They will spread and flatten out in the oven so don’t have to press too much). Keep sufficient gap between them, about an inch or so. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. You might want to keep an eye on them just to make sure they don’t burn.
  • Let it cool on the tray for 5 minutes as they are very tender when straight out of the oven. Enjoy with your cup of tea/coffee.

 

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