Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
This recipe for coconut chocolate chip cookie dough bites is one my favorites. These make the perfect snack or treat!
So, let's talk about snacks. In all honesty, I try not to snack too much throughout the day. My goal is to make sure my meals are large enough so that I'm not hungry just a few hours after I eat. I know there's this belief that you need to eat every 2-3 hours, but I've found that I feel better and have more energy when I eat 3 substantial meals and just one snack each day. This gives me a steady source of energy throughout the day without ever feeling like I'm starving. My meal times typically look like this:
- 8:30am - Breakfast
- 12:30pm - Lunch
- 4/4:30pm - Snack before I leave work
- 6:30/7 - Dinner
Even though I'm not constantly snacking throughout the day, I do know the importance of a good snack. If you ask me, one of the hardest parts of eating healthy can be finding healthy snack options to eat in a pinch. Here's the thing, when you make changes to your diet and decide not eat processed food anymore, that may cut out a lot of your previous snack choices. If you happen to be avoiding certain foods, like dairy, that can make things even more challenging. Over the past few years I've had to rethink the way I snack. Now I think of snacks as "mini meals". Instead of grabbing something like chips or crackers, I try to make sure my snacks are a more balanced mix of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats.
Here are a couple of my favorite snack options:
- hardboiled egg and fresh fruit = protein/fat + carbs
- almond butter and a banana or apple = protein/fat + carbs
- sliced turkey/chicken and grass fed cheese = protein + fat
- veggies and hummus or guacamole = carbs + fat
- jerky and fresh fruit/veggies = protein + carbs
You'll notice that none of these snacks have JUST carbs. When I snack, carbohydrates are always combined with either fat or protein and that's intentional. Carbohydrates alone do not keep me full. If anything, they leave me feeling hungrier. Combining carbs with more satiating foods that contain protein or healthy fat help me stay fuller longer and keep my blood sugar levels stable.
Alright, let's talk about these Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites. Whew, that's a mouthful. These little bites are SO easy to throw together and full of healthy fats, carbs, and protein. I increased the amount of protein by adding gelatin, but you could also try a scoop of your favorite unflavored or vanilla protein powder, just know that it may change the taste a little bit.
I've been eating one of these right after my morning workout when I'm not quite ready to eat a full meal, but still want a little something on my stomach. They're the perfect snack to pack for a busy day of running errands, and they'd make the perfect fuel for a hike. Oh, and I don't have kids, but I think they'd be the perfect treat to throw in a kid's lunchbox or even an after school snack.
Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
- 1 cup creamy all-natural cashew or almond butter
- 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2-3 tbsp gelatin (optional)
- 1 cup gluten free old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup unsweetened flaked coconut (I used this kind)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
- In a large mixing bowl combine the nut butter, maple syrup, vanilla, and gelatin.
- Add the oats, coconut, chocolate chips, and chia seeds and mix until well combined and it resembles cookie dough.
- Place the "dough" in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to chill.
- Once the mix has chilled, take it out of the fridge and use a tablespoon measure to scoop the dough and then form it into small balls by rolling them in between your hands.
- Enjoy! Store any leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge.
- Try to find a nut butter with simple ingredients. Look for labels where the ingredients includes just nuts, oil, and maybe a little salt. If you can find a nut butter with just nuts that's even better!
- The gelatin is optional but it's a great addition for a little extra protein and provides key nutrients for your hair, skin, and nails, and can help you maintain a healthy gut. For a little more info on the benefits of gelatin read this.