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.
· 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.
PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE COOKIE DOUGH BITES
V, DF, RSF, GF
Makes 18 small bites
2¼ cups almond meal
¼ cup coconut sugar
¾ cup smooth peanut butter
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
¾ cup vegan chocolate chips
1 cup vegan chocolate
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Mix almond meal and coconut sugar, add peanut butter and coconut oil, and stir until combined. Mix in chocolate chips. Place tablespoons of batter into a bite-size cookie tray or a tablespoon of dough onto a baking paper lined 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!