No Bake GF/Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (No Food Processor!)

Cookie Dough Bites
Happy Holidays everyone!
This will be my last recipe post for 2017, and it will certainly end off the year on a sweet note! This recipe was a personal request from you via Instagram poll, and I worked hard to get it right. I really wanted a ‘ball’ or ‘bite’ recipe that required no food processor. I find there are so many moments when I want something quick and sweet but don’t feel like busting out all the machinery. These come together in less than 5 minutes in 1 bowl and require only 7 ingredients with no bake time. This recipe will be added to my ‘go-to’ list, and the best part is they are vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday and I can’t wait to see share another year with you all. Thank you for your continued support!

Love,
Jen
Cookie Dough Bites
Makes 10-12 balls

Ingredients:

• 3 tbsp coconut butter, melted * can be subbed with coconut oil
• 1 tbsp vanilla
• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (I like a darker variety!)
• 1.5 cups almond meal/flour
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1 tbsp coconut flour (or you can sub for more almond flour)
• 3 tbsp 70% chocolate chips (or more!)

Directions:

1. In a large bowl, melt coconut butter (over stove top, or microwave), and whisk until smooth.
2. To the same bowl, add vanilla and maple syrup, then whisk until combined.
3. To the bowl add almond meal, salt, and coconut flour. Mix until smooth. The batter should resemble a real cookie dough. If you find it too wet to roll into balls, add 1/2 tbsp of coconut flour at a time, until desired consistency is achieved. Alternatively, you could add more almond flour until dough is formed.
4. Fold in chocolate chips.
5. Using a small cookie scoop or tbsp measure, scoop mixture and form into balls.
6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for one week or in the freezer for one month!
Cookie Dough Bites

No Bake Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Bites

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Bites
With American Thanksgiving around the corner, I know many of you are looking for some EASY last minute recipes. Well I don’t think there is anything easier than not having to bake. These healthy bites are a great addition to your dessert table to have a festive offering for celiacs, vegans or those trying to eat healthier. If you don’t serve them at your table, they’ll be a great snack when you are detoxing from the super heavy meals without leaving you in total withdrawal! Happy Thanksgiving to all, I hope you love these!

Ingredients:

• 1 1/2 cups gluten free oat flour (if you’re celiac)
• 1/2 cup almond flour
• 3 tbsp coconut sugar + 2 tbsp for topping
• 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice + 1/2 tsp for topping
• pinch of salt
• 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
• 3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
• 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
• 1/4 cup dairy free milk or water
• 3 tbsp 70% chocolate chips (dairy free)

Directions:

1. Sift oat flour, almond flour, 3 tbsp coconut sugar, 1 tsp pumpkin spice and salt in a bowl.

2. In another small bowl, whisk coconut oil, pumpkin puree, maple syrup and dairy free milk until smooth.

3. Add wet ingredients into dry, and stir until combined. If your batter is too wet to form into balls, add more almond flour until you achieve desired consistency. Stir in chocolate chips.

4. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining 2 tbsp coconut sugar and 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice.

5. Roll batter into bite sized balls, and coat in sugar coating by rolling in the sugar mixture. Store in an airtight container in the fridge!
Pumpkin Pie Bites

Matcha Latte

Matcha LatteI talked a lot about all the benefits in my last recipe post for my matcha chia pudding. I have to say, I really do find that matcha gives a really stable burst of energy for that 4 ocklock slump. I am a coffee drinker, but I try to limit myself to one cup in the morning. So for those days when I didn’t get a good nights sleep, I couldn’t resist but have another coffee in the afternoon. Now, with my new found love of matcha, I find I get a good boost of energy with lots of added health benefits. It is also delicious and super simple to make!

The proper way to make a matcha drink is with a special bamboo whisk to ensure your drink is silky smooth. I did not invest in the whisk yet as this is my first batch of matcha. However in my experience, both my vitamix and regular whisk did the job pretty well. So it definitely can be accomplished without the bamboo, but the result may not be AS good. For love froth, so I use a milk steamer- but whisking it will get you a nice amount of the bubbly stuff as well. Hope you love it! *matcha is quite expensive, but you don’t need a lot! I store mine in the freezer for extra freshness.

Ingredients

serves 1
• 1 tsp matcha powder
• 1/4 cup simmering water
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• 2-3 drops stevia (or sweetener of your choice, maple syrup works nicely!)
• 1/2 cup coconut milk (brown rice, almond or oat milk is a great alternative too)

Directions

1. If you have a milk steamer: In a medium sized bowl whisk matcha and simmering water until you achieve a smooth consistency. Add mixture into a mug with steamed milk, vanilla and stevia. Top with cinnamon and maple flakes for extra goodness!

2. If you don’t have a milk steamer: Add your matcha to the simmering water and whisk until smooth. Add vanilla, milk and sweetener and whisk until frothy. Pour into a mug and enjoy! Top with cinnamon and maple flakes for extra goodness!
Matcha Latte