Before I begin, I must apologize for the lack of updates. As some of you know, my blog’s SEO was hacked and displayed ads for certain medications in Google’s search results. Once I had cleared it, things were good for a couple of months. Then, it happened again. I was then concerned that perhaps I hadn’t actually cleared the hacked code out of my blog from my first attempt. So I backed up my posts, deleted absolutely everything at sweetestkitchen.com; it was completely empty! Just as I was about to upload my posts, I suddenly started feeling nauseous and I realized I had caught my son’s case of gastroenteritis. Sweetestkitchen.com sat empty for a full day. At least I had the theme installed, so the look was there, but there were no posts.
I eventually got the posts uploaded, but some of them are currently missing their featured images, which means that their preview picture is not showing up with the excerpts. I’ll have to fix that. And I still have posts with no images that I haven’t gotten around to uploading from the last time I had to delete everything. Being a blogger is hard work!
Anyway. As a continuation of my last post, if anyone was wondering if we still have that puppy? We don’t. We gave her back, and things have returned to normal in our household, thank goodness.
Now, on to today’s recipe. This recipe is sort of from the vault as I made these cookie dough bites ages ago, but never blogged about them.
They are really delicious and make the perfect grab-and-go snack. These bites use common pantry staples, and you don’t even have to worry about pitting dates because this recipe doesn’t even use dates.
Simply grab some cashews, oats, honey, maple syrup and chocolate chips/chunks, give them a whirl in the food processor, roll into balls and that’s it!
Oh so delicious! And they’re *almost* guilt-free! Right?? Note that these bites are vegan, gluten-free (if you use GF oats), dairy-free (depending on the chocolate you use) and refined sugar-free.
Don’t feel limited by cashews; almonds or peanuts would also work. I used a Lindt 70% chocolate bar and chopped it into chunks, then lightly rolled the balls into the little chocolate shavings I had leftover while I was chopping the chocolate. I like the rustic look my cookie dough bites have!
So, go ahead, with no fancy ingredients required, you can go make these right now!
- 1 cup cashews
- ½ cup oats
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- ¼ cup chocolate chips or chunks
- Grind cashews and oats into a fine flour using a food processor.
- Add honey and maple syrup, adding more as needed until the dough forms into a ball in your processor. Mix in chocolate chips/chunks with your hands, reserving a few to stick to the outside of the bites.
- Roll dough into bite sized balls.
- Store in the refrigerator.