cacao covered chocolate chip cookie dough bon bons

 Cacao Covered Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bon Bons…that’s a mouthful to say!

Think bite-sized peanut butter cups, but made with only wholesome ingredients!

Cacao Covered Chocolate Cookie Dough Bon Bons ~vegan, gluten free~

The inspiration for this recipes comes from Minimalist Baker, where she churns cookie dough into ice cream!  Can’t wait to try that one out!

I substituted coconut flour for the regular flour and maple syrup for the sugar, but use whichever ingredients you fancy!  Instead of mixing the dough into ice cream, I covered them with magic-shell cacao sauce.  If you don’t have raw cacao powder you can use cocoa powder or coat with melted chocolate chips instead!  (However, raw cacao does contain higher levels of minerals and antioxidants!)

Cacao Covered Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bon Bons ~vegan, gluten free~

These little bon bons are minimally sweet.  If you are looking for a more sugary treat add another tablespoon of maple syrup to the mix.  You just may need to add a little extra coconut flour to compensate for the texture.  You want to be able to easily roll the cookie dough into balls.

cacao covered chocolate chip cookie dough bon bons
 
Makes 26-27 bon bons
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 27
Ingredients
  • For cookie dough:
  • ¾ cup all-natural creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons mini-chocolate chips
  • For Cacao Coating:
  • ⅓ cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • pinch sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl mix together peanut butter, maple syrup, coconut flour and mini chocolate-chips. Stir until a "dough" is formed. Using a ½ tablespoon measure, scoop out dough and roll into little balls. Place on parchment paper.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together cacao powder, maple syrup, melted coconut oil and a pinch of sea salt.
  3. To coat bon bons; add one ball at a time to cacao mixture and gently stir to coat. Remove and place on parchment paper, repeat with each bon bon.
  4. Let cacao coating harden in the refrigerator or freezer.
  5. Enjoy!
  6. Store in refrigerator or freezer!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 89 Fat: 7 Carbohydrates: 7 Sugar: 3 Fiber: 2 Protein: 3

 Cacao Covered Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bon Bons ~vegan, gluten free~

Have a wonderful weekend!

flourless dark chocolate chunk cookies

Flourless Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies for the chocoholics out there!  

Flourless Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies ~vegan, gluten free~ Made with avocados!

However, these aren’t your typical chocolate chunk cookies!  These cookies are gluten free, vegan and good for you!  Yes, good for you!  Made with avocado, one of my favorite superfoods…see post from yesterday!  They also include banana, cocoa, dark chocolate chunks and coconut sugar.

I absolutely fell in love with these cake-like cookies!  My little helper loved them too!  However, these were not my husband’s favorite cookies…we agreed to disagree on this recipe!

Flourless Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies ~vegan, gluten free~ Made with avocados!

Flourless Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies ~vegan, gluten free~ Made with avocados!

Not only are they super chocolatey, but they are made with wholesome ingredients!  What’s not to love???  Speaking about love, whip these up for a healthy and decadent Valentine’s Day Treat!

Recipe adapted from Laurenda Marie

flourless dark chocolate chunk cookies
 
makes 10 cookies, store in an air tight container in the refrigerator
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon flax meal mixed with 3 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup ripe avocado, mashed (about ½ an avocado)
  • ½ cup ripe banana, mashed (about 1 medium banana)
  • ¼ cup non-alkalized cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or white sugar)
  • ⅓ cup dark chocolate chunks (I use Enjoy Life)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or lightly oil.
  2. To make flax egg, stir together flax meal and water in a small bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes or until a gel is formed.
  3. Add mashed banana and mashed avocado to a food processor and blend until creamy. Add flax egg, cocoa powder, baking soda and coconut sugar and blend until well combined.
  4. Transfer to a bowl and stir in chocolate chunks.
  5. Using a tablespoon, drop dough onto lined or greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake on 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes until lightly crispy on the edges. Let cool and enjoy!
  7. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
  8. ~These cookies are a bit on the sticky side, so make sure to line or grease a cookie sheet!~

Flourless Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies ~vegan, gluten free~ Made with avocados!

Don’t forget to lick the spoon :)

banana bread granola with cacao

Banana Bread Granola with Cacao 

Banana Bread Granola with Cacao ~vegan, gluten free option~

I’m in the stage of pregnancy where I’m up from 1-3 every night… fun, right!?!  When I’m up tossing and turning, I can’t help but  think of things to make!  I usually have to get up and have a snack of some sorts.  The other night I was craving banana bread granola so badly!  The best I could throw together at 2am was mashed bananas topped with walnuts.  It suppressed the craving for the night, but I woke up the next day to make this recipe!

Banana Bread Granola with Cacao ~vegan, gluten free option~

Oats, walnuts and bananas are high in soluble fiber, which help to lower cholesterol.  Starting your day with a bowl of granola is a healthy addition to a heart healthy diet!  I see many patients with elevated cholesterol who easily bring their numbers down by adopting a whole foods diet high in plant-based foods.

Low-sugar granola is an easy way to incorporate oats into your day!  The original recipe can be found on the beautiful blog, Minimalist Baker.

Banana Bread Granola with Cacao ~vegan, gluten free option~

banana bread granola with cacao
 
Author:
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Vegan
Ingredients
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¾ cups chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup wheat germ (sub flax meal for a GF version)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup coconut oil (or oil of your choice)
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mash ripe bananas and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine oats, walnuts, wheat germ, sea salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a small sauce pan over low heat melt coconut oil, stir in maple syrup and vanilla.
  5. Add coconut oil mixture to oats, stir in mashed bananas. Mix until well combined.
  6. Evenly spread onto two baking sheets. Cook for 10 minutes, use a spatula to mix granola and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Let cool and stir in cacao nibs.

Banana Bread Granola with Cacao ~vegan, gluten free option~

I added cacao nibs, but mini-chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, dried blueberries, flax seeds or hemp seeds would make wonderful additions!

Banana Bread Granola with Cacao ~vegan, gluten free option~