I figure for our cookie basket this week I’ll ease you guys in again, this time with something a little healthier.
Now you guys know that I love my butter and sugar and cookies, oh my. You know that I will never flinch in the face of a good buttercream or a cheesecake or custards galore. But even the biggest sweets lover in the world needs a break from those things sometimes.
And after this past weekend’s baking spree, this is one of those times.
Plus you and all your friends can make fun of the word “balls” all you want. See, I feel it’s imperative to give you permission to do that. I won’t be offended…
These are perfect for little pick-me-ups throughout the day, as a little sweet bite after an indulgent dinner, or if you’re working out hard (lucky!) and need a quick bite beforehand? Grab one or two. I give you permission to eat cookie dough before working out. Because, you know, you needed my permission in the first place 🙂
- 9 medjool dates, pitted (I can’t stress the pitted part enough…I’m surprised my food processor still works)
- 1 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 3/4 cup oats
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- 3 scoops vanilla protein powder (you can certainly use unflavored, but I would suggest trying the “dough” before rolling them into balls to make sure it’s sweet enough…if not, add a bit more maple syrup)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/3 cup chocolate chips
In your food processor finely process the dates. Add the cashews and chop roughly. Add the oats, protein powder, maple syrup and salt and process until everything is finely ground and mixed well. Dump into a bowl and add the chocolate chips – it will be difficult at first, but keep working with your hands to distribute the chips evenly. Roll into balls that are 1 inch in diameter. Store in an airtight container in the fridge and pop one when you’re hungry!