Who Says Dieting has to Suck? - Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites
Man it’s good to be in post-competition “recovery” mode after my last (uber-victorious) competition in Texas. I’m trying my best to still adhere to somewhat of a meal plan by watching portion sizes and slowly adding back fats and more carbs…. Mostly I’m practicing restraint in not going hog wild every time I pass the Whole Foods bakery section.
I’m really just enjoying the variety of foods I can eat again like fruit and nut butter and the fact that I can ‘give the finger’ to that $6.99 per lb. bin of asparagus every time I hit up the grocery store.
Anyway, we all know what a dessert freak I am and like many others, my sweet cravings always hit at nighttime when I’m usually bored and comfy at home. A good rule of thumb that I’m using to measure the size of my meals during this phase is approximately half a cup of carbs with half a cup of protein and minimal fats if any.
I’ve found this little oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dough creation is the perfect evening sweet treat that satisfies my daily need for sugar and chocolate.
Vegan Bodybuilding Recipe: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites
25 g protein. Makes 4- 5 cookie bites or one good-sized serving (counts as one of my six prep meals.)
1/2 cup chickpea/garbanzo bean flour
2 Tblsp. powdered peanut butter (I used Just Great Stuff organic brand)
1/3 cup water
1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Drop of peppermint extract or finely minced fresh mint leaves
2 x 1 g. stevia packets
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. lemon juice or juice of half a lemon
1/2 cup quick oats
1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips, carob chips or cacao nibs
Combine all ingredients in medium-sized bowl in the order listed above. Eat straight outta the bowl as is or form into balls. Can freeze these bad boys but mine never last long enough for that 🙂
**Warning: you may find the chickpea flour to have a strong-ish smell/taste which is why I like to add the peppermint to overpower it. Ginger would have a similar effect.
For more recipes like this, be sure to check out my eBook: Jacked on the Beanstalk: Plant Based Fuel for Vegan Athletes!