I just created a new delectable dessert recipe a few days ago, and I’m so pleased with it that I couldn’t wait to share it with you.
But first, I have to admit something.
Even though I’m a jaded adult who finds a lot not to enjoy about what our culture does with the holiday season, there’s still something I love about the holidays.
I guess a big part of it is the sentimental attachment I have to certain sites, sounds, and flavors.
But too many of my favorite holiday flavors usually come in the form of an unhealthy indulgence. For example, I have a serious sweet tooth. But I don’t want to eat a lot of processed sugar, saturated fat, dairy, gluten, and so on.
And that’s why I’m forever trying to recreate the flavors I love in healthier forms.
So, a few days ago I decided to tackle the task of creating a healthier way to get the flavor of oatmeal cookies.
See, I love oatmeal cookies, especially around the holidays. But I definitely don’t love how they make me feel.
But now that’s not a problem anymore because I’ve created what I call Raw Oatmeal Cookie Bites. They really do satisfy that cookie craving while leaving you feeling much lighter and healthier.
And I know I have a hit on my hands because my husband, who’s a real cookie monster, loves them just as much as I do.
Of course they’re not as healthy as eating a salad or a bowl of broccoli. But they do allow you to indulge without damage.
Here’s the recipe:
Raw Oatmeal Cookie Bites
Yield: 12 cookies
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 10 pitted medjool dates
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup raisins, currants, or vegan chocolate chips (optional)
Put the oats, cashews, and dates in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt, and process until the mixture sticks together. Add the optional raisins and pulse to combine.
Form the mixture into small balls and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator, Raw Oatmeal Cookie bites will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator and 2 months in the freezer.
I hope you’ll try these and let me know what you think. I can’t wait to hear from you!