April 20, 2012

SNACK ATTACK: Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites & Fruit Smoothie

I have been so "snacky" lately - I don't know if it's that my body knows that swimsuit season is coming up, so to spite me, it's making me crave snacks........or if I'm just making up excuses like that because I like to eat snacks.

Either way, I have had an arsenal of healthy snacks around, in an attempt to curb my crazy appetite lately.  Ann has come to my rescue in the afternoons, whipping up some smoothies for us (recipe below).  They really are the prefect pick-me-up during that late afternoon "blah" time.

Years ago, I would just grab a cup of coffee to get me through the latter part of the day - but now, I have an unbelievably nutritious snack that's filling, energizing, and absolutely delicious (especially if you have a neighbor with a Vitamix - but if you don't, a regular blender is perfectly fine).

In addition to all the frickin' fruit I've been eating, I've made things like mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, mini Strawberry Muffins, Easy No-Bake Cookies, and mini Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie bites (do you notice the snack-sized theme here?  An attempt at portion control.....).

The Banana Chocolate Chip cookie bites are awesome in a number of ways - first of all, they're so frickin' easy.  Secondly, they require ingredients that you most likely already have on hand.  Last, they're so delicious!!




If you can get a cute little helper to assist you, like I did, the better they turn out too :)

What are your favorite healthy snacks when you just can't seem to curb the snack attack!?

Love & Kale,
Ali

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Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites
This recipe is so easy, and uses ingredients you probably have on hand!  Be warned - the dough does not hold together well at all.  But don't worry - try your best to get them shaped in a ball.  I used a cookie dough baller-thingy.  Once they're baked, they hold up great.  And they taste great too - so pop-able, snack-able, and healthy to boot!
Makes: About 2 dozen

Print here.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ripe medium bananas
  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/4 peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup flax seeds (optional, I didn't end up using them)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • Dash of cinnamon
Instructions:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.  
  2. Mash the bananas, then stir everything else in (1 bowler!).  Let batter stand for about 20 minutes, then drop on a cookie sheet (use a melon baller if needed to shape).
  3. Sprinkle with a dash of cinnamon (optional) and bake for 10-12 min, until golden brown on the bottom.

Ingredients

Dough

Shape into bite sized cookies and place on cookie sheet

Watch them bake because it's so exciting!!

YUMMY!  Fast, easy, so, so yummy!!

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Healthy Fruit Smoothie
This smoothie is the perfect combination of healthy leafy greens and flax seeds - plus loads of fruit to make is oh so naturally sweet and delicious.  The perfect afternoon pick-me up.  And don't be afraid of the purply-brownish color - it's the combination of the fruit and spinach.  Kids aren't even deterred by the color because it's that good.  If it bothers you, just close your eyes and drink that sucker up!
Serves:  You and your neighbor

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups milk (coconut, almond)
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • A couple ice cubes
Instructions:
  1. Put everything in the blender (or Vitamix if you're lucky) and let her rip!
  2. Drink, feel refreshed, re-energized, and renewed.  
So yummy - Ann calls it her "brown monster smoothie"

Picky kid approved!!

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