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I’ve definitely been on a cashew butter kick lately. If you haven’t checked out my Honey Cashew Butter Cups yet, I highly recommend you do. They’re a family favorite! Another new favorite in my household? These Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie Dough Bites! Made with a base of cashew butter and garbanzo beans, these babies are healthy AND delicious! And to top that off, they don’t require any baking! My Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie Dough Bites are a tasty chilled treat that’s perfect as a summer snack! Better yet? They only take about 20 minutes to make!
Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie Dough Bites
As I mentioned, these cute little balls are made with a base of unsweetened, salted cashew butter and unsalted garbanzo beans. These two ingredients provide a substantial base while providing healthy fats and plant-based protein! Healthy fats and protein are two of the macronutrients that keep you full and happy. Don’t get me wrong, carbs are pretty awesome. But when I want a snack, I look for something with healthy fats and protein because I know it’ll help satisfy my hunger.
I also try to make snacks with minimal added sugars. I mean, I’m all for grabbing a cookie or some froyo when I really want it. But I know that, in the long run, I’ll feel better if I eat a piece of fruit, one of my cookies without added sugar, or some popcorn. I have a huge sweet tooth, so I tend to reach for sweeter snacks. These Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie Dough Bites are sweetened with maple syrup. I chose to use maple syrup as it’s a natural sweetener, has an amazing flavor, and it’s vegan. This way, even my vegan friends can enjoy this treat! I also use Pascha 85% Chocolate Chips because I’m a HUGE dark chocolate chip fan. Also, these chips are relatively low in sugar (about 3g per serving). If you’re looking to lower your sugar intake even more with these bites, try a 100% cacao chocolate chip like these that I use in my cookie recipes.
Unsweetened coconut shreds and ceylon cinnamon add some extra, low-sugar sweetness to these bites. Coconut shreds are one of my favorite additions to any sweet treat. They add some substance, fiber, fat, and sweet flavor with minimal sugar. And honestly, coconut is one of my favorite foods. So, I try to put it in everything. Ceylon cinnamon is one of my new favorite ingredients! My herbalist friend Ashley at GreenLove Superfoods puts it in a lot of her recipes because it’s so great for helping with blood sugar regulation! It also has a sweeter, more mellow flavor than typical cinnamon. Personally, I like it better.
A Couple Tips
Give these healthy and delicious Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookie Dough Bites a try this summer! Freeze them for an extra cold treat, but they’re just as tasty simply chilled. Be sure to store in the refrigerator, especially on hot days! Otherwise, they can get a little sticky. I hope you enjoy!