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Cashew Butter Cookie Dough Truffles

July 25, 2014

Cashew Butter Cookie Dough Truffles | Espresso and Cream
Sometimes you just need to eat a little raw cookie dough, am I right? Which always sounds like a really good idea at the time, until you have a spoonful (or 8) and then feel sick to your stomach with all the sugar and chocolate and find yourself too sick to actually enjoy a cookie when they come out of the oven. Tell me I’m not the only person who does that… Not that I’m really in the position to be eating raw cookie dough anyway, but I’ve been down that road many a time.

In the afternoon when a snack craving strikes, I usually reach for something healthy-sweet, meaning a Larabar, a Quest bar, a smoothie of some sort, or yogurt with fruit. But the other day I had the craving for cookie dough, so I spent some time in the kitchen determined to find a way to make a suitable, healthy alternative.

These cookie dough bites are made with ingredients you can feel good about: cashew butter, honey, protein powder, cinnamon and oats. Seriously, that’s it! But since they’re a little on the soft and sticky side, like real cookie dough, I decided to roll the balls in sprinkles before putting them in the fridge. And to be honest, I was a little surprised at how closely they resembled the real thing! If you’re feeling really crazy, feel free to stir a couple spoonfuls of mini chocolate chips into the dough before making the balls.

Cashew Butter Cookie Dough Truffles 2 | Espresso and Cream

Cashew Butter Cookie Dough Truffles
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Recipe type: Snack, Dessert
 
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup JIFF cashew butter (you could substitute peanut butter or almond butter, but NOT the natural type)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup Vega French Vanilla protein powder (or other protein powder of choice)
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • Sprinkles, if desired
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, combine the cashew butter, honey, cinnamon and protein powder. Blend until well combined. Add in the oats and blend about 30 seconds more, or until oats are broken up and combined into the dough.
  2. Use a cookie scoop to scoop the dough into balls. Roll dough in sprinkles. Place in a plastic storage container and refrigerate at least 2 hours or until firm. Keep in the refrigerator for a healthy and indulgent snack any time a craving strikes!

 

Cashew Butter

November 8, 2010

Wow. This weekend was absolutely crazy! It started off with a trip to the DMV to renew my driver’s license, which has been expired since my birthday last month. And like most other people, my experience was excruciating. Slow, disorganized, rude. But I felt much better getting on the road up to Minneapolis knowing I was driving with a legal license, and my new photo turned out pretty good, too.

After four hours of driving I made it up to Minneapolis and was greeted by absolute, wonderful craziness. Seven kiddos (Joey’s cousins) under the age of 11 immediately whisked us down to the hotel pool for a few hours of fun and games. I also may or may not have eaten an entire tub of hummus for dinner at around 10 p.m. Friday night. Bad things happen when Jimmy John’s is closed!

Saturday was all about football and watching Joey’s brother, Jason, play. I’m pretty sure we win the award for most enthusiastic fans, seeing as that we were the only ones tailgating in the parking lot before it started. And after the game and dinner we were back on the road to Des Moines.

Today was exactly what Joey and I needed. We got plenty of sleep, worked out together at my gym, watched the Vikings win (!!!) and then J indulged my foodie desires with a trip to the newly-opened Trader Joe’s in Wes Des Moines! The store was absolutely packed. It was beautiful, the employees were super friendly and I was ooohing and ahhing over practically everything.

Now Joey’s back on the road and I’m eating a sandwich for dinner. Not just any sandwich of course. A cashew and pumpkin butter sandwich on whole wheat bread from Trader Joe’s. Delish! For anyone with a serious love for nut butters, this recipe is a must. It’s smooth and creamy, slightly salty and has a buttery flavor that is brought out even more by the addition of brown sugar and cinnamon. I may have found a new favorite sandwich spread, though I wouldn’t count peanut butter out just yet.

Cashew Butter
(Printable Recipe)

Ingredients
*24 oz. lightly salted cashews
*3 Tbsp. olive oil or vegetable oil
*1 tsp. brown sugar or honey
*1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Instructions
*Place cashews in the bowl of a food processor and process for 1 minute to break up the nuts, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necesary.
*Add in the olive oil, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Continue to process for 4 to 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary, until the mixture is creamy and smooth.

Happy Cooking!

Madison

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