Living a healthy lifestyle, eating pure, whole foods, and filling your body with the best fuel possible is truly a wonderful way to live your life. You will feel so much better mentally and physically. Your head is clearer, your stomach is content and your entire system runs better. It really, truly does.
That said, no one should live life without chocolate. NO ONE. And I certainly can't. It is not realistic to tell yourself that you can't ever enjoy the sweets and desserts you love. If you deny yourself them all of the time, you will only want the more and more.
So a couple of rules I have for myself:
1. If I chose to eat the dessert/snack that I know is not the best, eat it in moderation. A few bites, not the whole thing.
2. Come up with a recipe that satisfies that longing/craving that is better for me but still gives me that delicious mouthful of happiness!
The cool thing is that I really love to convert recipes and make them over to be healthier. It's like a tasty science experiment. Rich and the boys are my lab rats.
This recipe is adapted from a few I've seen around the net. These cookie balls contain only the natural sweetner,agave nectar, and NO flour or nasty whites. With the exception of the few chocolate chips found in each bite, the ingredients are all natural and good for your body.
And they taste pretty darn good.
About 63 calories per ball.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls
1 c. cashews, plain and unsalted
1 c. oats
3.5 T. agave nectar
1 t. pure vanilla extract
1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips (divided into 1/4 c.)
2 t. extra virgin olive oil
**recipe makes 22-1" balls
Add the cashews and oats to a food processor and pulse into they are a fine powder. Add in the agave and vanilla. Pulse a minute or two until you get a fine, thick mixture that easily forms a ball. Stir in 1/4 c. of the chocolate chips.
With a small cookie scoop, make the balls and roll them in your hand until they are smooth. Lay on a wax-paper lined cookie sheet, cover and refrigerate for an hour.
Melt the remaining 1/4 c. chips and olive oil in a microwave until smooth. Dip each ball half-way into the melted chocolate and lay back on the wax paper. Cover and chill for a few hours.
These can be kept refrigerated for about a week. I like to make some without the melted chocolate so I can bring them along on daytrips in snack bags. Kids love them!
I have other versions of this recipe I will be posting in the future too.
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--What is the ONE dessert or snack that you could not go the rest of your life without eating? Mine is without question chocolate..