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PB CHOCOLATE COOKIE DOUGH BITES

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As a child, I was never given bought sweets to eat; granted Mum and Dad couldn’t afford little luxuries, yet I think they didn’t want us to get in the habit of buying sweets whenever we wanted. So it wasn’t until I met my husband that I became aware of sweets like Snickers, Mars bars, Twix, and found I wasn’t overly fond of their excessive sweetness. Instead, I’d make sweets at home for our children and allowed them one treat a week: raw treats and tarts, bliss balls and biscuits (cookies).

These cookie dough bites are like bliss balls, yet eaten when partly frozen, they taste similar to a Snickers bar (I’ve been told). Maybe these cookie dough bites are a favourite, because who can resist the combination of peanut butter and chocolate, it’s a pairing made in heaven.

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Health benefits:

·       Eating peanuts and peanut butter suppresses hunger without leading to weight gain.

·       Studies found peanuts lowered the risk of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease.

·       People getting the most niacin from foods were 70 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Peanuts are one of the foods the highest in niacin.

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PB CHOCOLATE COOKIE DOUGH BITES

Makes 18 bite-size cookies

V, DF, RSF, GF

1 cup smooth peanut butter

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup almond meal

2 cups buckwheat puffs

1 cup vegan chocolate chips

1 cup vegan chocolate

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Add peanut butter and maple syrup to a bowl and stir until combined. Mix in almond meal, buckwheat puffs and chocolate chips. Roll a tablespoon of batter into a bite-size cookie, place onto a tray, and freeze for 2 hours. Melt chocolate and coconut oil in the microwave for 1 minute, dip the top of cookies in the chocolate sauce and place into the freezer until ready to serve. Thaw a little before serving for an afternoon tea or after school treats. Enjoy!