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.
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!