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Gluten-free & Vegan Dessert - Chocolate covered cookie dough balls
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Vegan Dessert – Chocolate covered “cookie dough” balls

March 11th, 2014

Who ever said that eating clean and healthy means you can’t eat dessert?!?! It’s the ingredients in your dessert that make all the difference, and most desserts are loaded with sugar, dairy and refined flour! I wouldn’t normally advocate a food with ANY sugar in it as “eating for beauty” That being said … this dessert is very low in sugar, flour free, dairy free & vegan made with wholesome, natural ingredients AND deliciously satisfying! :) So, as requested by many … here is the recipe!!

  • 15 oz cooked chickpeas – rinsed and drained (preferably organic!)
  • 4 Tbsp organic raw honey
  • 4 Tbsp organic almond butter (raw and unsalted)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of sea salt (I LOVE pink Himalayan sea salt!)
  • 1.5 cups of vegan 70% (or higher)* chocolate chunks
* The percent of your chocolate refers to how much cocoa is it in … the higher the percentage of cocoa, the less sugar in the chocolate – which also means it is less sweet. The key to choosing chocolate is to make sure the fat content (don’t worry, it is good fat!) is HIGHER than the sugar content. If you find that the balls are too sweet for your liking, you can use a higher percentage of chocolate or pure unsweetened chocolate. You can also make them sweeter by using a lower percentage of chocolate but I do not advise this if you are eating for beauty! ♥

 

In a food processor – combine chickpeas, honey, almond butter, vanilla, baking soda and sea salt. Process until creamy. Move the mixture to a bowl and fold in the chocolate chunks.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a spoon, scoop “cookie dough” mixture into ball shaped blobs on the paper the way that you would if you were backing cookies. The consistency will be too soft and sticky to form into actual balls, but I just made sure they were “ball like” blobs and not too flat! Put cookie sheet into the freezer until hard. I froze the dough over night.

Once your dough is frozen, leave them in the freezer while you prepare the chocolate coating – this is important because they will get soft and sticky very quickly! Take the remaining cup of 70% (or higher)* chocolate chunks and melt in a double broiler, or a small pot inside of a bigger pot. Once completely melted, take tray out of the freezer and roll the cookie dough balls, one at a time, in the melted chocolate until completely coated. Place the balls back onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. You want to do this process quickly because it gets more difficult (and messy!) as the dough softens … they also won’t look quite as pretty, but will still taste delicious!

Put the sheet back in the freezer until chocolate is hard. I find they are best when stored in the freezer and served chilled. Enjoy in moderation … Although you may want to eat the whole batch! ;-)

 

Harmony, Love and Elegance

 

  

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One Response to “Vegan Dessert – Chocolate covered “cookie dough” balls”

  1. stacy hermes says:

    Hi there, just wanted to mention, I loved this post. It was inspiring. Keep on posting!|