Chai Chickpea Superfood Cookie Dough Balls | Vegan, Gluten Free, Oil Free, Date Sweetened

Fall is! Well, here in Venice, CA it actually still feels like Summer… BUT the PSL (pumpkin spice latte) is back at Starbucks sooo therefore it’s time to throw pumpkin spice, pecans, and chai gingery goodness in absolutely everything.

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I am a huge fan of drink mud.  The founders are basically neighbors of mine, local here in Venice. They have a great mission to help get people feeling energized and thriving without overstimulating the adrenals from coffee.  Their product drink mud has medicinal mushrooms, cacao, turmeric,  and Indian Chai spicee. It does have a tad of caffeine, making these superfood balls the best pick me up that ever happened!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 8-10 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1-2 Tbsp Drink Mud Powder: https://www.mudwtr.com/ . (option to use your favorite mix of spices and superfoods like pumpkin pie spice, spirulina, maca, hemp, cinnamon, cacao, etc.)
  • 1-2 thumbs fresh ginger, grated (optional)
  • 2-3 tsp vanilla extract
  • sprinkle of pink salt
  • 1 Tbsp pumpkin spice powder
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cacao nibs
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut

Steps:

  1. Food processor S blade: blend chickpeas, dates, tahini, nut butter, vanilla, mud powder, ginger, and salt until smooth
  2. In a separate bowl, combine pumpkin spice powder, cinnamon, coconut, and pecans
  3. Using a tablespoon, create balls of dough and roll them into the separate bowl to coat with pecans, coconut, and more spice
  4. Keep in the fridge for about a week or freeze for about a month
  5. Warning: you will feel like LIFE IS AMAZING after eating these and you may want to run 15 miles or something. Do your best not to eat them before bed 🙂

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Now, let’s make some LOVEcakes

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Modify this to your liking- I NEVER bake!

Just something I made up with the ingredients I had…

…inspiration and love energy help too 🙂

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A day of spoiling and indulgence

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A day of turning off that ego-

all of our imperfections are perfect

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A day of spreading the love

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Valentine’s Day..  Time to go all out!!  These little loving cupcake bites are healthy, satisfying, decadent, and ooey gooey moist!  Can’t wait to share them ❤ :-* MWAH! 

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Inspired by Ambitious Kitchen and EyeCandyPopper

Makes about 18 mini lovecakes ❤

The Red Velvet:

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  • 1 15 oz can of chickpeas (rinsed and drained) or 3/4 to 1 cup cooked chickpeas (If using dried chickpeas: rinse and soak dried chickpeas- saturate them fully in filtered water and cover.  Place in the refrigerator overnight.  Pour soaked chickpeas with soaking water into a pot and bring to a boil.  Once brought to a boil, reduce heat to medium and let simmer for at least an hour, add water as necessary.  Rinse and measure 3/4-1 cup.)lovebeets
  • 1/2 C almond butter (or any nut butter- I prefer unsalted)
  • 1/3 C natural sweetener (coconut nectar, agave, maple syrup, raw honey, try dates! 🙂 )
  • 1/3 C gluten free baking flour (try oatmeal, or whatever flour you like!)
  • 3 tsp vanilla 
  • 1/2 tsp humalayan pink salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking sodagfbakinflour
  • 1/3 C vegan carob or chocolate chips, or cacao nibs- might want to add more sweetener if using bitter nibs!)
  • 2 Tbs chopped walnuts
  • 3 Tbs beet juice 
  • 1 cooked beet
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (vanilla flavor is nice, I like almond milk)
  • 1-2 Tbs golden flax meal (dissolved in beet juice and non-dairy milk

The Rocky Road:

  • 1 T natural sweetener (optional- if using cacao nibs / unsweetened chips maybe)
  • 1/4 tsp salt (optional- if using sweetened chocolate chips, or to taste)
  • 2 T chopped walnuts
  • 1 T cacao nibs, carob, or chocolate chips

Instructions:

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line mini muffin tray with muffin liners (I really like the brand “If You Care”)
  2. In a food processor, add all ingredients except the chopped walnuts, and chocolate chips until batter is smooth.  Fold in chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.  Super delicious to nom with a spoon just like this!!!
  3. Spoon about 1 Tbs of batter into each muffin liner.  Combine rocky road ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.  Dollop each lovecake with a touch of rocky road.  Bake for about 20 minutes.  May look underdone- but rather be moist and ooey than dried out! Also- no scary ingredients in here to worry about being undercooked! Can be eaten raw! 😀
  4. Let cool for about 10 minutes before indulging! 

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3 Ingredient Superfood Brownies!

If you like fresh, moist, luxurious, chocolatey brownies; there’s no way you won’t like these.

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These are so fudgey and satisfying!  The raw version of the gourmet Ghiradelli, pleasing everyones pleasure seeking palate!

  • Food Processor and Square Brownie Pan
  • 1lb raw walnuts
  • 1lb medjool dates (soaked for a minimum of 20 minutes)
  • 1/3-1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • Save sweet date soaking water to add for moistness!
  1. Process walnuts in food processor until fine
  2. Add in dates (pitted and soaked) and cacao powder and process until smooth
  3. Slowly add sweet water as the food processor is running to ensure perfect texture
  4. With wet fingers to easily smooth without stick, press brownie batter into pan
  5. Sprinkle with cacao powder (or coconut or chopped nuts!)
  6. Eat whenever! Store in the refrigerator!

Would be delicious with added in walnut chunks, raisins, coconut, any chopped nut or dried fruit would be divine!  Check out this Black Forest Cherry Brownie variation!!

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Love or hate Valentine’s Day, everyone loves brownies. Yes, even the vegan and the gluten intolerant. And the elite athlete. That’s why I have created the most decadent, moist, ooey-gooey treat that is surprisingly healthy.  Yup – registered dietitian, student approved! Here are the ingredients you need.

Cacao powder

Not to be confused with conventional over-processed cocoa, cacao is milled at a low temperature to protect the nutrients and flavor. It is a top source of antioxidants and contains an abundance of magnesium, iron, polyphenols, flavonols, antioxidants, theobromine (a stimulating alkaloid chemical) and omega fatty acids.   Cacao also naturally contains caffeine that acts as a stimulant that could keep you up at night or help energize your workout. Caffeine and theobromine can be beneficial. Caffeine has been shown to have neuroprotective effects, reducing risk of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.  Theobromine has been shown to dilate (widen) blood vessels, which can help lower blood pressure and widen bronchial tubes, making breathing easier and suppressing a bad cough. These stimulants may cause adverse effects such as sleeplessness, jitters or anxiety. Did you know theobromine is the reason why chocolate is poisonous to dogs? Some people get headaches from chocolate, likely caused by the theobromine and caffeine. A great alternative to cacao, that doesn’t have the stimulating effects, is carob powder. Carob is naturally sweeter and lower in fat than cocoa, with fiber and calcium.

Walnuts

Looks like a brain, must be brain food. Walnuts have been shown to improve memory and cognitive function.  They are high in protein, vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids (the ones to increase! #fishoil) and other trace minerals. Compared with other nuts, walnuts are unique because they contain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and are the only nut with a significant amount of alpha-linolenic acid. Walnuts are cholesterol free with plenty of folate, thiamin, vitamin E, vitamin B7 (biotin helps strengthen hair) and vitamin B6, as well as minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus and iron.

Essential fatty acids? Our body needs omega-3 and omega-6 oils to function and we can’t make them on our own. They have to be obtained from our diet. Our body needs two critical omega-3 fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid, called EPA, and docosahexaenoic or DHA. Walnuts contains a precursor omega-3, called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which the body converts to EPA and DHA. Low omega-3 intake has been linked to depression and decline in cognitive function. Leafy greens, spirulina (algae), hemp seeds, chia seeds and flax seeds are also sources of omega-3 fatty acids!

Dates

Dates are sodium free, fat-free, cholesterol free and a great source of fiber and natural energy! They have easily digestible simple carbohydrates that are the perfect pre and post workout fuel. Dried fruit, like dates, are recommended post workout to replenish glycogen stores. With both insoluble and soluble fiber, dates are great to keep you feeling full, help lower cholesterol and make your bowel movements regular. They are an excellent source of potassium as well as iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese and copper.  Most supermarkets stock fresh dates in the produce section and keep dried dates near raisins.  If dates dry out, they can be plumped by soaking in a little warm water.

Enjoy! Store in the refrigerator for about a week.

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