Craving Killers: Delicious (Clean) Cookie Dough Bites!
Most of the time, I tend to crave the savory stuff. I love pizza, wings, nachos, anything deep fried…and of course, beer 🙂 I’ve found though, that when I crave something sweet — cookies are usually what I want. Chocolate chip cookies, to be exact. When I came across the recipe for these amazing Cookie Dough Bites, it took me all of about 10 minutes to decide to make them as I had all of the ingredients (only 5 in the whole recipe), and a serious hankerin’ for some cookie action.
My nutrition regimen generally lies in the paleo camp, as I’ve eliminated grains, pasta, dairy, legumes and of course any processed food — with the exception of my cheat meals, which consist of whatever I damn well please. In browsing the internet, you can find paleo versions of nearly everything. Granted, they don’t all taste exactly like their sugar, fat-filled counterparts, but every now and again you come across something that really satisfies whatever craving you’re having, AND it’s clean. I was lucky enough to have that very experience this past weekend when I found these little gems on www.primallyinspired.com.
I won’t hold out the details from you any longer — here’s the recipe:
Cookie Dough Bites
Time to prep: 10 minutes
Time to harden: 10-15 minutes
Servings: 12 (2 bites/serving)
1 1/2 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 c. nut butter (I used cashew)
1/2 c. coconut oil (softened)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 c. mini chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life semi-sweet)
Put first four ingredients into a medium sized mixing bowl and combine. I used a fork, which made it easier to incorporate everything together and make sure everything mixed in entirely. Then stir in the chocolate chips. I ended up using only about 1/2 c. of chocolate chips, but you can use as much as you want! Once everything’s mixed, roll into 1″ balls and place on a cookie sheet or tray. This won’t need to be greased, because there’s plenty within the bites themselves. Put in the freezer to harden (give them about 10-15 minutes), and enjoy!
Nutrition Info (per serving):
Fat: 24 grams
Protein: 3 grams
Carbs: 9 grams
(You can get the printable version of this recipe: here.)
MCP’s Official Review:
- Delicious – They’re definitely a ‘clean treat,’ but they have enough sweetness to them that they feel like an indulgence as well. Who doesn’t love nut butter? Seriously.
- Easy – These literally take 5-10 minutes to put together, and you don’t even have to be good at anything. As long as you can measure, pour and stir – you’re in business on this one.
- Convenient – There aren’t any crazy ingredients in this that you’d need to venture to the health food store to pick up. Especially if you eat along the paleo line, these are all staples, and can all be found at your run of the mill grocery store. I believe my sources were between Costco and Target. Pretty fabulous if you ask me.
- Versatile – Being precise in how much of everything you use isn’t necessary here. You don’t even have to use the same things. Don’t like coconut? Fine – grind up some almonds or walnuts…use fruit — you’re the boss here. There aren’t any rules! I actually put a scoop of protein powder in my mix to give it a boost. I don’t think I’ll do this again, just because it only bumped up the totals to about 2 grams/bite. Not worth it to use up my delicious, and occasionally pricy powder. The taste was fine though. Don’t be afraid to mix up the ingredients to your liking 🙂
- Portable – This are crazy easy to bring along with you anywhere. I put them in little snack bags of four, and I’ve been going at them all week. I keep them in the freezer and then throw in my lunch bag – they’re bomb-diggity when they’re starting to thaw (very cookie-dough-like). I’ve eaten them in all forms…frozen, refrigerated and room temperature…and they all have their appeal depending on what type of texture you’re looking for in that moment.
- Satisfying – These are a great filler if you have several hours to go in between times you’re able to sit down a more traditional protein/veggies kind of meal. They’ll tide you over and help calm that sweet tooth down a bit. These types of snacks are important from a psychological perspective, as they can give you that feeling of indulgence without having to jeopardize your results. The key here is portioning out how many you want to eat at a time right after you make them. They’re easy to keep eating if you’re standing next to a whole pan of them, so have baggies ready to go once they’re made — you’ll thank yourself in the long run!
The Not So Good
- A Bit on the Oily Side – As you were probably able to deduce by the ingredients and nutrition facts provided, these are heavy in the fats department. A half cup of coconut oil is quite a bit, and at room temperature, these can be a little greasy-feeling. Next time I make them, I may play around with the nut butter:coconut oil ratio a little bit. Maybe 1/4 cup oil, and 3/4 nut butter, just to see how it plays out. I thought they were delicious either way — just something to think about. I’m honestly grasping at straws for something to complain about.
- Fat Content – I’m more or less listing this to call it to your attention, more than to identify it as a negative, but the fat content in these is high. That’s what makes them so delicious and satisfying. If you’re not careful though, you could overload on these really easily. These are all clean fats, but definitely something to watch. I’m currently on a carb cycling plan, so I chose to use these as a snack on my ‘no carb’ day, as I shoot for higher fat totals on these days. Something to keep in mind as you’re planning out your meals and snacks.
These suckers get an MCP blue ribbon all the way. They were so easy, and so delicious, I can hardly wait to make my next batch. These are something that everybody can enjoy, and they can easily be tailored to meet any craving or particular taste you’re looking for. So, be creative, and don’t be afraid to make these work for whatever craving you’re trying to kill. It’s working for me, and I bet you can make it work for you!
If you give these a try, or have had them before, leave a comment below to let us know what you thought! We’d love to hear how they turned out for you, and any creative substitutions or additions you used!
Until Next Time….
Founder: MCP Total Fitness