A couple of weeks ago I bought a cookbook titled, Superfood Snacks, by Julie Morris, a health food chef living in Los Angeles. It was an unusual purchase for me because I rarely buy cookbooks. Oh I used to all the time when I lived in Portland. But back then I was buying discounted cookbooks from Powell’s. (Miss that store!) My recent purchase wasn’t even discounted. But the cover drew me in immediately.
The cookbook was a suggestion from Amazon, I’m assuming based on the fact that I bought a bunch of superfoods used in Julie’s recipes. When I got the cookbook in the mail, I was in love. I wanted to try all of Julie’s recipes immediately. Unfortunately I didn’t have all the necessary ingredients and haven’t had the money to make the needed purchases.
Today I was looking for a superfood cookie recipe using ingredients I do have when I came across a recipe for superfood cookie dough. The recipe was almost everything for which I was looking, but I knew I could add to it by channeling my inner Julie Morris. I added even more superfoods to the recipe (raw cacao powder, cacao nibs). I also swapped out the honey for some brown sugar and almond milk. (I’m not a huge fan of honey.)
- ½ c. rolled oats
- ¼ c. peanut butter
- ¼ c. almond butter (or more peanut butter)
- ¾ c. almond meal
- 2 T. ground flaxseed
- 2 T. chia seeds
- 1 oz dried goji berries (or dried fruit)
- 1 oz raw cacao nibs
- 2 ½ T. raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- pinch of sea salt
- pinch of cinnamon
- ¼ c. brown sugar
- ¼ c. almond milk (or other non-dairy beverage)
- Using a mixer, beat almond and peanut butter. Add sugar and vanilla and mix to incorporate.
- Add cacao powder, oats, seeds, almond meal, sea salt and cinnamon and mix to combine. Add almond and stir to form a sticky dough-like substance. Stir in cacao nibs and dried goji berries.
I’m always a little apprehensive about mashing up a recipe. It doesn’t always turn out when I try. I recently tried taking a tried and true flourless almond butter chocolate chip cookie recipe and superfooding it up … it was not a success. (Notice I didn’t blog about it?) I knew with the ingredients I added that I wasn’t messing with the recipe so bad that it would flop. As it turns out, I was more than pleased with the results (even though I forgot to add one of the ingredients I was looking forward to using – maca powder).
I think these energy bites would be a good alternative to a cookie if you’re looking for something sweet. Myself – I’m trying to limit my sugar. My recipe yielded 16 balls that were approximately one ounce each (1.1, 1.2). Each ball is approximately 120 calories, with 8 g fat, 9 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 4 g sugar and 4 g protein.