While I was pregnant with my son, I had a voracious appetite for sweets...it was a challenge for me to find heathy alternatives to curb my cravings, until I discovered the cookie ball. Over the next several months, and after our boy was born, I probably went through 5 enormous jars of peanut butter and almond butter to make a variety of combinations. I thought, there must be a way to reduce some of the fat content from all of the nut butters!
Today, I received inspiration from some single serve applesauce containers I picked up on a store run the other day...and it worked! These yummy Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Cookie bites are doughy, soft, and delicious. Did I mention they are no-bake? It was a struggle for me not to eat the whole bowl during the ball rolling process! Here's what you will need:
4 oz unsweetened applesauce
3 scoops vanilla protein powder (Orgain Vanilla Bean)
2 tbsp golden flaxseed meal (Bob's Red Mill)
3 tbsp coconut flour (also Bob's Red Mill)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins
1/2 cup oats
6 tbsp peanut butter powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup agave nectar
First, mix together all your dry ingredients as well as the raisins. Then add your liquids (applesauce, agave and vanilla) and thoroughly combine ingredients. Take a little over 1 tbsp portions and roll them into balls. (Try not to eat too many of them in the process!) Chill in the fridge for about an hour to let the flavors blend, and they're ready to enjoy!
Makes about a dozen balls:
91 calories per bite, 4.4g protein, 15.9g carbs, 1.5g fat
Kelly is a loving wife, mother, veteran, life-long athlete, personal trainer, and self taught cook with a passion for helping others. She hopes you will be inspired to live a healthier lifestyle while enjoying delicious meals cultivated in her home, and shared at your own tables.