Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

>> Monday, July 18, 2011

So far, I've had limited cravings throughout my pregnancy. They've consisted mostly of nectarines or strawberries, Chex Mix, anything cold (like frozen yogurt or smoothies), and cookie dough. But there's something about that last one that is far stronger than with all the others.

Thing is, Stephen is getting sick of my chocolate-chip variety.

I make the good stuff probably three times a week, truth be told. How else do you think I've ballooned this much in 21 weeks? (OK. There's a baby girl inside there, too!)

Last night, I set out to discover a similar recipe, yet one that was different enough that Stephen could enjoy. I had a few specifications the new dough had to meet.
  • Had to be vegan (for safety)
  • Had to involve chocolate chips (for my craving)
  • Had to be at least somewhat healthy (just because)
  • Had to be super simple (so I can make it over and over again!)
Right away, I found Heidi's Peanut Butter Cookies recipe on 101 Cookbooks. With some additions, subtractions, and modifications for my personal taste preferences, I created these incredible dough balls.

So delicious, I squealed with delight after my first bite. Seriously.

(Recipe adapted from Heidi's Peanut Butter Cookies)

What you'll need . . .
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Handfuls chocolate chips

Method . . .
  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and rolled oats. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together the peanut butter, maple syrup, olive oil, and vanilla extract. Do this until well combined -- about 4 minutes on high.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet. Toss in the chocolate chips, too. Mix until well moistened.
  4. Then bag up dough or fashion into small balls. Refrigerate. But I bet they'd be great frozen, too!

These tiny balls are cute, but way too small for me. I usually take on a hunk so big its size equals all of them smushed together. I figure I could be indulging in far more unhealthy foods at this point.

And be sure to check out (never home)maker, baby! today. I wrote all about my 21st week -- as well as how our nursery is coming along.

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