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No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls with Extra Protein Option

Posted Apr 15 2010 5:09pm
Hi Bloggie Friends!  What's shaking in your world?  My world has been lovely because I got together for a much needed coffee-n-chat session with Madeline .
We met at our usual spot complete with 91F temps in the shade.  It's gone from cold to hot in a 2 week span here in Phoenix.  Spring?  What's that?  I actually sat in a sports bra, worked on my tan, and poured off sweat. I thought putting a shirt on for the photo op's was wise.
It had been awhile since Madeline and I had a one-on-one coffee sesh because the last time I met Madeline was at This Blogger Meetup and we met Jenn that day, too! 
Today Madeline and I caught up on life and shot the breeze and it was great.   And of course, my little Blogger Meetup Sidekick, Skylar, comes on all my adventures.  Complete with interruptions, a high need to eat me out of house and home with snacks, and puppet shows for all at the table, but hey, she's 3 and is a good sport.
And as I mentioned yesterday, Scott's traveling so it's important for me to have some meaningful adult conversation after days on end alone with a 3 year old! Mission accomplished on the meaningful adult conversation front.  Thank you, Madeline Can't wait til our next girl date!

We parted ways and I came home and fed my sidekick some lunch.  My Green Food was Romaine, Cukes, Asparagus, Sugar Snap Peas
With Vegan Slaw Horseradish Relish Dressing
 I love the lil bit of heat from the Horseradish !
And from yesterday's post, I'm glad the No Bake Vegan Mint Chocolate Coconut Snowballs
look good to you! 

They are sooo easy and honestly, in 5 Minutes You're Ready to Dig Into a Minty Chocolate Snowball !  The mint is especially perfect when it's hot!

And I liked hearing what your recommendations were for athletic gear as well as if you had to pay in or are getting a tax refundSpeaking of which, run to the mail if you don't have your taxes mailed yet!

Today I have another New Dessert Recipe!
This Recipe Fits my Criteria for an Easy Recipe as I Mentioned Yesterday as well as in This Post : Fast, easy, one bowl, no power appliances.

Just like yesterday's Snowball Recipe was inspired by previous similar desserts I've made, Today's Recipe was Inspired By:
1. High Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls
2. Raw Vegan Peanut Butter (or Sunflower Seed Butter) Vanilla Balls
3. Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls
4. Raw Vegan Almond Butter Cookie Balls
with Vegan Chocolate Chips & (non-vegan) Butterscotch Chips
 5. And Finally, Today's Recipe was also inspired by my Nut Butter Filled Caramel Bites

For Today's Recipe....

No-Bake Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (with a High Protein Option)
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter (I used crunchy PB because it's what was open but you can use Almond Butter, Sunflower Seed Butter, Cashew Butter, or another nut butter of your choice)
3-4 Tbsp Coconut Flour (or another flour if you don't have coconut) Or, for the Extra Protein Option, use 3 Tbsp of your Favorite Vanilla or Neutral-Flavored Protein Powder
3-4 Tbsp Maple Syrup/Agave (or honey, or yacon syrup)
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/3 to 1/2 Cups Chocolate Chips (or carob, or cocoa nibs)
Yields 10 to 20 balls depending on preferred size

Combine all the Ingredients except the Chocolate Chips & Stir Until Combined
 Play with the flour (or protein powder) and syrup/agave amounts if need be.   
Troubleshooting Tips: Add more syrup if too dry and more flour if too wet.

After the mixture is combined, Add the Chocolate Chips & Stir them In
Form into Balls and Store in Fridge
Don't Store these in the Freezer unless you can wait for them to come up to Room Temperature when you want to Have a Cookie Dough Ball , since the Nut Butter Will Freeze Fairly Solid
When Are You Making These?
I enjoy them, but Skylar loves them and I don't mind giving a few to her because first of all, she's a kid and burns it off, but secondly, the Nut Butter is a Nice Protein Source for my Vegetarian Toddler!

More Snacks Mommy! 
Truth be told, I didn't bring any cookie dough on the blogger meetup.  So far today, among other things, Skylar's had Chunks of Energy , a quarter cucumber, a huge handful of grapes, 2 apples, 2 pears, some sugar snap peas, and broccoli for her fruits and veggies.  We save the "treats" for after dinner and focus on the fresh fruits & veggies, nuts and seeds, for most of the day.

Yoga Today is Sirasana (Headstand)
(I talked in this post about weight distribution with your head vs. arm & shoulder muscles .  Check it out to stay injury-free in your neck!)
Gym & Weights Workout Today was the Full Body Workout with Super Sets

Tip of the Day: Did you Check to See Who Won the $25 Custom Chocolate Shopping Spree Give Away !!!!!!

Romance Bar
  Click Here to See!  Maybe You Won Something!  
I recently won Ashlei's Give Away and I sheepishly admit I never thought I would win, I didn't click through, and she emailed me and said, umm hey Averie, check this post out.  When I did, I had an awesome chocolate surprise, that I won from her, waiting for me!  Moral of the Story: You just may win something. 

1. Do You Consider Yourself Lucky or Do You Win Things?
Prior to becoming a food blogger, I never entered blogger give aways because frankly I had no idea they existed.  Now, I do enter a lot of give aways for two reasons.  First, it shows support for other bloggers, for their efforts, their blog, and their give away.  Plus, I want to be a team player, and many of them have entered my give aways, too, and I want to support them like they supported me.  And secondly, sometimes you can win great stuff that I would never spend money on myself, but as a give away win, i.e. free!... it's a total score!
I don't consider myself "lucky" either.  I view it as a numbers game, and well, I enter a lot of give aways which is what I attribute winning things to more so than anything.   
Recently, I Posted on Luck and How I Define and Consider "Luck" , Click Here for that Post.

Do You Consider Yourself Lucky or Do You Win Things?  If you've ever won something, what was it?

2. Is it Getting Warmer Where You Live?  If you had to Sweat Buckets or Wear 6 Jackets and Freeze, if you had to pick a Temperature Extreme, would you do better in the Heat or the Cold?
I am a Hot Weather Girl all the way.  I hate the cold!  Grew up in the midwest with cold and blowing snow and hated every second of it!  Never again.  I'd rather sweat!

3. Yesterday I asked for your Gym Workout & Gear Advice about Stores, Brands, etc... Thank You for those! 
For those of you who workout with an ipod, first, Give me Some of your Favorite Tracks that totally Pump You Up and keep you goin'!  I admit that my music taste so eccletic from Ani diFranco to Black Eyed Peas to vintage Journey to some hardcore gansta rap.  I'm all over the map.  But would love your fave tracks to load up on my ipod!  
Also, what armband or waist clip or device do you use to clip your ipod on?  
Fumbling with constricting armbands or clips that dig into my abdomen that are on my shorts or messing with cords and earbuds is the reason I don't lift with my ipod but I like to.   
How do you Wear or Fasten Your ipod?  And Fave Tunes, Please, too!

I'm off to get started on my ACE Personal Trainer Studying while Skylar naps since we're alone together while hubby's traveling.  I'm doing my best to get to everyone's blogs as my time and life permits!  I love you all and thanks for reading and for all your awesome comments you all leave me!

Stay Tuned For A Protein Update and A Creative Salad Dressing...

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