Sunday, 22 July 2018

Healthy Sprinkle Cookie Dough Bites (Vegan, Gluten Free)




I am forever scrolling through Pinterest for healthy recipes to try out. I am not a natural in the kitchen - my skills would probably be better suited in a crematorium - so I'm mostly drawn to easy recipes containing ingredients which I have around the house. This recipe is inspired by Big Man's World Healthy No Bake Unicorn Cookies, which I knew I had to try the second I stumbled across it.

If you struggle to satisfy your sweet tooth, these handy bites are great to grab when you feel a craving coming on. Although they are extremely sweet, they are 100% guilt free, being only 38 calories per bite. They are also vegan, gluten, dairy, refined sugar free AND paleo (minus the sprinkles)! But if you do follow a strict paleo lifestyle and don't want to miss out on the sprinkles, here is a recipe by Oh, The Things We'll Make to whip up your own.

I find coconut flour extremely easy to work with and also like the subtle coconut taste that it gives to these bites. If you are allergic to coconut or would prefer not to use it, you can use oat flour instead, but you will need to use twice as much (1 1/2 cups). Please note, you cannot substitute the flour with regular grain flour as this is a no bake recipe and it's not recommended to eat grain flour raw. 

You need a LOT of smooth cashew butter for the recipe and I'm well aware that it's on the pricey side. So, if you want to use an alternative you can use any smooth nut butter. Cashew and almond butters will keep the bites neutral and creamy in taste, whereas peanut butter will give a strong peanut taste. 
In Big Man's World's original recipe, he used Maple Syrup instead of the Golden Syrup which I used. Any kind of natural sweetener is great to use such as rice syrup, coconut nectar or honey. Of course, it is arguable whether honey is vegan or not, so keep that in mind if you're cooking for vegan friends.

I adore the texture of these bites. They're chewy and fudge-like with a nice little bit of crunch from the sprinkles. I like to store mine in the freezer to make them more solid and crunchy, but if you'd prefer them softer, simply keep them in the fridge or at room temperature.

Please read on to see exactly how to create these tasty little bites for yourself...

Preparation time 5 mins | Setting time 30 mins | Serving size 24 | Calories per bite 38

Ingredients

3/4 cups of coconut flour
2 cups of smooth cashew butter
1/2 cup golden syrup
2 tbsp of sprinkles

Method

1. Line a plate or baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Be sure it will fit in your fridge or freezer.

2. In a mixing bowl, add your coconut flour, cashew butter and golden syrup and mix together until fully combined. If you feel that the batter is too thin and sticky, add more coconut flour. If too thick, add some milk or water.

3. Mix your sprinkles through the batter.

4. Form small balls with the batter and put onto the baking paper. Use a spoon or fork to press the balls flat. You should be able to make approximately 12.

5. Refrigerate the batter for at least 30 minutes to firm them.

6. Take from the fridge and using a knife, score the curved edges of the batter to create straight edged squares. Then cut these in half to make the rectangle shaped bites. 

I'd love to hear your thoughts and questions in the comments below!

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