Sometimes I think I've got my priorities a little screwed up. Like how on most mornings, I have my first cup of coffee pulsing through my veins before I even put my glasses on, or how I waste way too much time scrolling through my Instagram feed before starting school. Or like that time (actually many times) when I went straight to the kitchen for dessert before even showering after a five mile run. Yah. Ew?
Side note: dark chocolate + run = so many endorphins.
I've found myself baking a lot lately whenever I can find a minute to calm myself. Most of the things I've been baking, although vegan, haven't really been super healthy. The aftermath of the holiday season has had my tastebuds getting used to sugar. I'm totally all about balance and moderation, but let's just say I've eaten my fair share of cookies.
So in honor of the new year and getting back on track, let's eat some chocolate! Wait what? Yes! These bad boys are totally yummy and indulgent and can cure the strongest of sweet tooths (sweet teeth?) without any highly refined anything. I'll warn you, these things are dang addictive. But have no fear! They're full of good things. Healthily indulge away, my darlings!
chocolate covered almond cookie dough bites (R, V, GF)
3 tbsp. coconut oil, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 c. almond butter
2 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup or honey
2 tbsp. unsweetened almond milk
1/2 c. ground almonds
1/2 c. coconut flour
pinch of sea salt
1/2 c. dairy free chocolate chips
1/4 c. raw almonds, roughly chopped
In a small bowl, combine coconut oil, vanilla, almond butter, sweetener, and almond milk. Whisk until smooth. Add in ground almonds, coconut flour, and sea salt. Mix until well combined. Scoop and roll into balls (about 1 tbsp. each) and place on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Place in freezer to set about 5-10 minutes. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl (3-4 30 second intervals in the microwave, stirring between each). Roll balls in chocolate and sprinkle with chop almonds. Place back in freezer to set another 5-10 minutes. Store in freezer. Yields 10-12 balls.