Dessert with a Purpose
I love to have a bite (or several) of something sweet at the end of the night. I am not one for cakes, cookies, candy, and ice cream but somehow my evening does not seem complete without a little dark chocolate or one of my own healthy dessert creations. While I have had no major cravings during my pregnancy, my desire for sweet treats has certainly not gone away.
While pregnant I have been focusing extra hard on eating as much nutrient dense, plant based food as possible. Growing a person is hard work and she and I both need the best nutrition we can get. The general full feeling I walk around with everyday thanks to my little passenger sometimes makes it hard to eat food in any significant volume, so I try and make every single bite count- even dessert. Recently I have switched out my dark chocolate and other healthy yet not nutritionally necessary desserts for sweet bites that serve a purpose! Since healthy fats and protein are even more important than usual during pregnancy, I have been trying to load up on them whenever I can in the form of nuts, nut butters, avocados etc. These Cookie Dough Bites are a recent creation that fit the bill of a sweet treat combined with a nutrient dense bite. I can reach for a few after dinner knowing they are not only satisfying my sweet tooth but are helping my baby as well!! I like to make a double batch and keep them on hand in the freezer so they are always at the ready. Yum!
Cookies Dough Bites
- 1 cup almond butter (preferably raw)
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1 T vanilla
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 T cacao nibs
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- liquid stevia to taste
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, adjust sweetness to taste.
- Drop mixture by the spoonful into a lined mini muffin pan and freeze for approx. 30 minutes-1 hour before eating.