Snacks

Snacks is a big problem for me.  The Boy craves chips. I crave sugar.

When I make cookies for the Boy I make a batch and only cook about 10.  I do this for a few reasons:

  1. When I have a cookie craving I want about 4 – 2 now and 2 for lunch the next day.
  2. The Boy has no restraint when it comes to fresh cookies.  If I make 50 he’ll eat 50.  He’ll feel sick afterward and probably even while he is eating them… but he’ll keep going.  They’re fresh cookies after all – who doesn’t love those.
  3. If I only make a few of them and drop out the rest I can in theory make cookies with ease next time.  Only every fourth batch do I need to actually go through the long process of making cookies – all the other times I can just grab 10 cookie balls, stick them in the oven and POOF – delicious cookies without all the work.

This method is great in theory except for one small problem.  Did I mention I crave sugar?  The Boy would tell you I would give him hell for doing this but every once in a while I go into the kitchen looking for… something.  What do I find?  Healthy fruit? No.  Frozen cookie dough ball? Yes. 

Is that gross?  It might be.  But it’s so delicious.

So when I read about these over at Peas and Thank You – I was intrigued, but not quite ready to try them.  With the new food challenge though – I thought now or never and gave them a whirl.

Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls.

They are delicious.  They don’t taste like real cookie dough balls – but they’re still delightful – or pealightful as Mamma Pea would say.

The Boy isn’t a huge fan – and they don’t really help his snack situation since all schools in York Region are nut free. But I think they’re great.  And because they’re so packed full of goodness they’re surprisingly filling.  I did a hot yoga class a couple weeks ago and nearly died and stuck two in a bag for afterward.  Awesome.  Gave me a little pick-me-up on the go.

Now if only I could eat only these – do you think that would count as cleaning up my eating?

Some other great snacks I’m loving lately:

No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites – I added some flax to these and the Boy wants me to try and make them drier – so I’m thinking of trying them again with some ground rice cakes.  These are nut-free which is good for school snacks!

I also have some Raw Chocolate Brownies in my freezer right now.  They are not brownies.  They are more like fudge… that you eat with a spoon.  They are very gooey. But good.  Just not brownies.

And of course having a little Avocado Chocolate Mousse on hand never hurt anyone!

I figure if I can make my snacks healthy healthier that’s always a step in the right direction.

What kind of snacks do you love?

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Mmmm…. chocolate

Does this boy look like he’s enjoying something delicious?

He’s enjoying some raw vegan chocolate mousse.

3 simple ingredients into the food processor.  Blend.  Pop it into the freezer for a few minutes if you want.  Or for a few days (if it lasts that long).

It’s not the Boy’s first time with these little experiments.  He knows the right questions to ask.

“What’s in it?”

It’s not my first time either – I made sure he admitted to liking it before I told him

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/2 cup agave nectar

2 avocados.

Both boys response when I told them….

“It’s avocado?!”

*dramatic pause*

“That’s pretty cool.”

Cool indeed.  And delicious.

For other ways to use the recipe and more cool things to do with avocados check out Loves Veggies and Yoga.  And special thanks to A Handmade Story for the inspiration!