Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Faux Cookies Recipe

In another blog post a few weeks ago, I had a recipe titled, "Faux Cookie Dough." The support group class I lead had challenged me to try baking the cookie dough. I invested in this challenge today and had an awesome result. By this awesome result I mean I baked 65 cookies and ate 5 so far today :)

I didn't use my original recipe, but a modified one from My Whole Food Life, which has a ton of awesome recipes. I have the recipe below with the nutrition facts. You would probably get the same, or a similar result if you baked the "Faux Cookie Dough."

Faux Cookies
2.5 cups chickpeas, rinsed and drained
4tsp vanilla
1.5 cups peanut butter
2T honey
2tsp baking powder
1/2c chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Food process all ingredients except chocolate chips.
3. Fold in chocolate chips.
4. Roll into balls and place on a greased baking sheet.
5. Bake 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts per 1 cookie (yield=5.5 dozen)
Calories: 50
Fat: 3g
Sodium: 65mg
Carbohydrate: 5g
Sugar: 2g
Protein: 1.5g

Just for comparison purposes, I have the nutrition facts for a regular chocolate chip cookie.

Nutrition Facts per 1 cookie
Calories: 50
Fat: 3g
Sodium: 36mg
Carbohydrate: 8g
Sugar: 4g
Protein: 1g

Friday, May 9, 2014

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

Looking for a quick and healthy fruit dip? Feast your taste buds on this creamy and light option! It is perfect with apple slices (or even a banana). Packed with 4g of protein and only 80 calories per serving, it is a great dessert to satisfy your cravings. But be forewarned! You may find it is tasty enough to eat with just a spoon :)

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
1c plain greek yogurt
1/2c peanut butter (I use natural peanut butter with the ingredients being only peanuts and salt)
1tsp cinnamon
4 squirts of Redi Whip (more or less depending on your taste buds)

1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and chill.
2. Serve with fresh apple slices or bananas.

Nutrition Facts (Per 2T; yield approximately 1.5cups)
Calories: 80
Fat: 5.5g (4g Monounsaturated)
Sodium: 40mg
Potassium: 90mg
Carbohydrate: 2.5g
Fiber: .8g
Sugar: 1g
Protein: 4.3g