I have been home for four days… and I’ve made four trips to Kroger. I can’t help it- I seem to feel a magnetic pull towards grocery stores! I’ve been picking up ingredients for all the new recipes I want to try. Since my last post I have tried out three new ones: a summery watermelon salad, some IRRESISTIBLE dark chocolate peanut butter cookies, and strawberry chia jam.
The watermelon salad was super easy, only containing four ingredients. I bought some cubed watermelon, added the arils from one pomegranate, some chopped mint leaves, and juice from one small lime.
Next I set about making the cookies! Every now and then I get a sweet craving, but I am always looking for a healthy way to satisfy my sweet tooth without feeling crappy and sugared-out afterwards. Lindsay, a registered dietitian writing for The Lean Green Bean blog provided the perfect recipe- and I plan to make it again! I followed her recipe exactly as follows:
1/3 C mashed avocado (mash very well or cookies may have green lumps!)
2/3 C peanut butter (I used creamy Smuckers all-natural)
3 Tbsp honey
3/4 C oats
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 C dark chocolate chips (I used the darkest to reap the most health benefits, 88% cacao)
Combine all of the wet ingredients first, then stir in the dry ingredients, add chocolate chips, and bake @350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. Makes about 12 cookies.
What I love about this recipe is that it is made up of foods that I usually eat so I don’t feel like I am adding a lot more sugar or saturated fat to my diet than usual. The cookies do have a good amount of fat in them from the peanut butter, avocado, and dark chocolate, but it is the healthy kind, unlike most recipes that use butter. As a treat, this recipe will satisfy your sweet tooth, without compromising your nutrition goals!
The strawberry chia jam was a very simple recipe that I borrowed from instructables.com. Their recipe used blackberries, but you could substitute blueberries or raspberries too. Here is the recipe:
1 C of fruit
1/2 C chia seeds
1/2 C water
1/3 C honey
3 Tbsp lemon juice
Just mash the fruit, stir in the remaining ingredients, and store in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes!
Next up… Jicama Fries : )