“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas A. Edison
This week is weird.
I don’t know if it’s due to the fact that I only had 4 days of work because of the Monday holiday or what but I am just SO not on top of my game. I slept through my alarm not once, but twice, I brought two different sneakers to the gym, and in the past 2 days I’ve tested out 4 new recipes—NONE of which I was happy with (the cake wouldn’t rise, the cookies were too dense, the bars burned, and the cupcakes were a catastrophe)… #FAIL.
Clearly it was time for me to step away from the oven.
I was just about to throw in the towel and say “Forget it! There will be no recipe post this week!” when it hit me.
No bake cookie bites.
No baking involved? It’s practically fool-proof! SIGN ME UP.
And you know what? That’s exactly what they are. Foolproof. In fact, these babies are SO easy, even on your clumsiest (or laziest) of days it’s pretty impossible to mess them up. Just throw the ingredients in a food processor or blender, roll the dough into balls and
eat your face off stick em’ in the fridge . Sounds like the perfect breakfast, pre/post-workout snack, or dessert to nosh on while lazily lounging in your pj’s this Sunday.
The best part of all?
You don’t even have to feel guilty about stuffing your face because this cookie dough is HEALTHY!
Yup. It’s true.
My cookie dough bites are sugar-free (instead of sugar I use dates and stevia), low-fat (a little bit of peanut butter goes a long way!), gluten-free (no flour, oats only), and they even have some protein (garbanzo beans please!). So…since I’m feeling especially clumsy and lazy today, I’m gonna keep this post short, sweet, and simple .
Easy as pie.
I mean, cookies.
Healthy No-Bake Oatmeal Cookie Bites
- 1 can of garbanzo beans (drained)
- 13-16 whole pitted dates (feel free to toss in a few more if you want the cookie dough to have a caramel-y taste)
- 1/2 small, ripe banana
- 1/2 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon of peanut butter (or another nut butter– feel free to add more if you want a more indulgent-tasting cookie dough)
- 4 droppers full of liquid vanilla-crème stevia (Please note: This amount will vary for everyone depending upon how sweet you’d like your cookie dough. You could also use powder stevia–just reduce the blended oats by 1/2 tablespoon– or you could use maple syrup, molasses, or any other liquid sweeteners you like.)
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of blended oats (add more if the batter is too sticky to roll into balls)
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- dash of salt
- 1/3 cup of raisins
- 3 tablespoons whole grain oats (not blended)
- Optional: Chocolate chips
- Blend the first 10 ingredients (not the raisins and oats) in a food processor or blender until you achieve a cookie dough-like consistency (5 or 6 minutes).
- Mix in raisins and a few tablespoons of whole oats if you’d like them to look a little more “oatmeal-y” (this is when you can also add chocolate chips if you’d like).
- Roll the dough into balls and refrigerate for an hour (if you aren’t patient enough to do this, like me, feel free to eat the cookie dough balls right away ).
- Decorate the cookie dough balls with my cinnamon pumpkin-pie glaze, roll in coconut, or dip in chocolate!
- Store extra cookie dough balls in the freezer for an easy, on the run snack you can throw in your purse or gym bag (just be sure to give them 15 minutes or so so thaw!).
Hey, being lazy tastes pretty darn good :)