Today’s Lesson: Healthy doesn’t have to taste dry and gross.
Were all human, even those of us who live a very fit and active healthy lifestyle. So, yes I get chocolate and sweet cravings. Sometimes I can ignore them, but I am always creating odd concoctions to satisfy those cravings with much healthier options. Today was one of those days. I ran a few errands, and while I was out I picked up some dark chocolate morsels.
For the past 6 or so months I have been following a somewhat Paleo lifestyle. I have seen many health benefits from eliminating things from my diet that had caused inflammation in my body in many different ways. One of those is wheat, gluten and or grains. I have seen a huge difference in symptoms from abstaining from foods with those ingredients. I am also learning a lot from reading the book It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig. Very interesting you should check it out too.
So, while my body cannot handle beans, and they are an off limits food in the paleo world, I do have garbanzo flour that I use once in a while in small doses. I have not used it in a long time so I figured why not. I haven’t tried almond flour yet as it is a higher fat flour. Anyways I got creative with what I had, what I’ve tried in the past and this is what I came up with. It was just enough to make a low calorie sweet treat. I feel no guilt!
They were soft, and I did taste some banana so maybe more PB2 would be better. As always you can make a larger batch and include rolled oats, ground flax, more vanilla extract, nuts or anything else you would like to play with.
*They did remind me of sweet soft mini banana chocolate pancakes.*
These are my grain free chocolate chip bites.
- Small very ripe banana- Mashed about 2 tbs
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 Tbs garbanzo flour or coconut flour
- Handful+ Dark chocolate morsels
- 3 tablespoons Unsweetened almond vanilla milk
- Few drops Vanilla extract
- Tablespoon Pb2
- Pinch sea salt
- Stevia to sweeten to taste
Pre-heat the oven to 350
- Spay a cookie sheet with non-stick spray
- Mash ¾ of banana in bowl
- Add a tablesppon or 2 of PB2
- Add 2 tbs flour
- Add pinch of salt
- Add 3 tablespoons almond milk
- Add a drop or 2 of vanilla extract and stir
- Add stevia to sweeten if needed
- Add baking powder and stir
- Add handful of chocolate morsels
Spoon bite size scoops onto the cookie sheet. You can make them larger if you only want 2 cookies. I wanted to feel like I was snacking and made them bite sized. Put in the oven and cook 12-15 minutes.