Healthy Protein Cookie Dough (with chickpeas!)

Hi Everyone!

Recently, I have been making recipes that are high in protein because of the busy days of school and sports. So, when I saw several recipes for edible cookie dough all over the internet, I became curious how I could make this a healthy recipe (as I usually do.) I thought of chickpeas, which are high in protein and have little flavor on their own, and created a chocolate chip “hummus” of sorts.

This recipe is a great dessert, but is even healthy enough for a snack on the go. I love dipping fruit into the “cookie dough”, or spreading it on whole wheat toast. Overall, this dough is a perfect choice for a healthy snack or when you want something sweet! 

I am headed off to London today, so please stay tuned for a post detailing all of the fun kinds of new dishes I try! Also, if you are traveling over Thanksgiving, check out my post on tips for traveling and eating real food. Enjoy!

Healthy Protein Packed Cookie Dough

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 can organic chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond butter 
  • 1/2 cup honey or pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbs. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbs. organic milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips

Steps:

In a food processor, process the chickpeas. Add in the almond butter, maple syrup, vanilla, milk, and salt. Fold in the chocolate chips and store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Enjoy!

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1-Minute Healthy Banana Bread

Hi Foodies,

Today I’m sharing a recipe for an easy, nutritious, and filling snack that you can easily make in no time at all. Because it is cold here in New England during fall, I am always looking for recipes that are not only warm but also delicious. I have been seeing several of those mini cooking videos about mug cakes recently, so I thought it would be fun to come up with a healthier version! My result makes a great small meal or filling snack, and is easy enough to mix and match with your favorite add-ins.

For many, fall is a very busy season, and I can personally say that there have been several mornings I have barely made it to the bus. So, this recipe is perfect to throw together when there’s not much time to cook breakfast, and it is so tasty you will forget it took you 1 minute to make.

For breakfast, I like using almond butter instead of peanut butter and adding raspberries, but for a dessert-like treat, I like using the peanut butter and a few dark chocolate chips. This recipe is also packed with protein from the nut butter, flax seed, and almond milk, so it makes a great breakfast!

What are your favorite fall breakfasts while on-the-go? Let me know in the comments, and if you like this recipe, please share with family and friends! 🙂


1-Minute Healthy Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana (plus extra for topping)
  • 3 tbs. almond or regular milk, preferably unsweetened and organic
  • 1 tbs. pure maple syrup or honey (optional)
  • 1 tbs. peanut or almond butter
  • 2 tbs. ground flax seed
  • 2 tbs. whole wheat flour
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch baking powder

Steps:

To begin, in a medium mug, mash 1/2 banana. Add in the peanut butter and maple syrup, if using, and combine. Stir in the milk until the consistency is smooth, and then add in the flax seed, whole wheat flour, cinnamon, and baking powder. Once batter is completely stirred and there are no clumps, add in any extra mix-ins if desired, and microwave on high for 1 minute. Top with banana slices, peanut butter, and any other toppings you may like. Enjoy!