Now it is more like "Recipe of the Year". I cook and bake a lot. A LOT. But somehow I got out of the habit of snapping pics of what I made and as a result "Recipe of the Week" got forgotten.
Tonight though I was on top of it! I whipped up a semi-healthy treat that is vegan friendly because Eli and I are having a picnic tomorrow with a friend of mine who is vegan and we are in charge of dessert and salad.
Also, I have a major sweet tooth and am working on cutting back. This cake did NOT help those efforts dangit! But my-oh-my was it good, and so simple to make. You need this cake in your life.
You also need these healthy chocolate "bon-bons", as I'm going to call them, in your life.
You'll feel much better about indulging on these than you will on cake. I promise. Packed with oats, peanut butter, nuts, chia seeds and flax seed, these babies have a wicked nutritional punch. For reals.
Oh, and there's dark chocolate, which studies have shown is nutritionally beneficial to your health as well. Either that or someone crafted a really great lie to make us all feel better about our love for chocolate.
Regardless, these are a great option to satisfy those intense chocolate cravings without any of the guilt. Unless you eat them all in one sitting of course. If you did, I totally wouldn't judge. Some things are just too good to put down!
Adapted from How Sweet Eats
1 cup Oats (I used quick oats because I like how they blend in better with the other ingredients than old fashioned oats)
1/4 cup Ground Flaxseed
1/4 cup chopped Pecans
2 tablespoons Chia Seeds
2 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
1/3 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1 tablespoon Trader Joe's Cookie & Cocoa Swirl (or any cocoa spread you have)
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon Honey
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1/4 cup chopped Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds
Mix together the oats, flaxseed, pecans, chia seeds and cocoa powder in a large bowl. In a small, glass dish, microwave the peanut butter and cookie & cocoa swirl for 20-30 seconds. Stir in the honey and vanilla. Pour the peanut butter mixture over the oats mixture and mix together until well combined. Fold in the chocolate and roll into balls. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours to allow ingredients to set and the flavors to meld even more.