As much as I *try* to be healthy, I have a sweet tooth. I don't necessarily crave birthday cake (not that there's anything wrong with that). But when the urge comes on, I like to be prepared.
If I'm on the go, which is often, I carry Larabars or Picky Bars. Since they can be pretty expensive, I tried making my own. That was a total disaster. For one, they looked like brown poo, secondly, they didn't taste all that good, and thirdly, they were a mess at room temperature. If you have a recipe and some tricks, let me know but I'm pretty skeptical that one can make a tasty, non-messy date & nut bar outside of a factory. Please prove me wrong.
However, I wasn't about to give up. I started experimenting with cookie dough recipes. I also liked the recipe in the Oh She Glows cookbook (similar recipe here), but per usual didn't have all the ingredients. In addition, I wanted to use my Teff or Spelt flour - I had a bit left and it was getting close to expiring. Here's what I came up with:
Teff or Spelt Cookie Dough Balls
1 1/2 cups teff OR spelt flour (both are sold at Fairway Markets)
1 cup almond meal
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Mix the flour with almond meal in a medium sized bowl. Melt the coconut oil if it isn't already (a few seconds in the microwave works). Add the coconut oil and maple syrup, and stir until everything is combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Using a tablespoon, create small balls. It's best to roll them in your hands. Place the finished balls into a reusable container and use parchment paper in between layers. Once the container is filled, put it in the freezer.
This should make around 50-55 balls. They usually fit into a medium sized container like this 14 cup one.
They are very filling but addictive...and be careful because teff has a LOT of fiber in it!
Lastly, I'm not saying these are healthier than Larabars or Picky Bars, but they are easy to make, portable, filling, freeze well, and don't have a crazy amount of sugar. I'm also a huge teff fan - here's an article if you'd like to know why I think it's so great.
Have a healthy sweet tooth satisfying recipe? Please share below!
Kate Scott is an avid runner, who has completed three marathons and numerous half marathons. She travels frequently, most recently to Toulouse and Bordeaux in France. She currently lives in Northern Virginia and is a certified public accountant.