no-bake chocolate cookie balls

I have two things to write about this rainy morning: how to snack and the reason behind these no-bake chocolate cookie balls.

First, snacking.  It is a fascinating thing once you’ve changed your diet like I have you really don’t “need” to snack like you did your whole life.  Your brain (or gliadin from wheat and wheat snacks) isn’t telling you to eat more every few hours.

I read this snippet this morning (when recipe researching) and loved it by The Nourished Caveman:

To snack or not to snack?!

One of the great benefits of a low carb, ketogenic diet is that you do not need to snack, even on low carb snacks!

While dietitians will talk themselves hoarse repeating that you have to eat 5 meals a day, snack every 3 hours etc etc, that concept only holds true when your body is burning Glucose for fuel.

When your metabolism runs on fats instead, the picture is quite different.

First of all that well-known feeling of hunger disappears. You  can easily skip a meal without even noticing, once you are keto-adapted. (Which means that your body has successfully made the switch from glucose to fat metabolism).  Your blood glucose levels become wonderfully stable, and you do not experience the “hangry” feeling anymore.

One small caveat here: As a woman, even the healthiest woman, you are still somewhat victim to the whims of your hormones! Of course that happens to different degrees, depending how healthy and stable your hormonal levels are.

Body VS mind

And there comes a time in a woman’s month, when the physical sensation of hunger and the need for a food treat become two complete different entities!

Heck, it can happen to anybody, pretty much anytime.

Sometimes you just feel like a snack, or a treat…

My sentiments exactly.

Which brings me to telling you about these No-Bake Chocolate Cookie Balls.  

I loved when my dear mother would make us a batch of no-bake cookies growing up.  (We giddily called them poo-burgers.)  You know the standard recipe: butter, cocoa, loads of oats and sugar mixed together over heat with peanut butter as the binder.  You’d then plop the mixture down on waxed paper and wait for them to cool and solidify a bit.

I loved eating these.  And when I became a mother, I’d made them from time to time for my young girls.  They were intensely sweet, I remember, and happily addicting back then.

Times (and nutrition) have changed and I’m really glad for that.  Recently on a quiet afternoon (quite rare indeed!) I opened up my mom’s no-bake chocolate cookie recipe and stared at it.  I knew there was a way to enjoy so much of the recipe without encouraging the grain/sugar addiction for me (a recovering addict) and my kids.

I’m pretty thrilled to share the newest “family” recipe for no-bake cookies.  And no worries, mother would approve.  (She’s gone grain-free/low carb-high fat and is feeling amazing.  Way to go mom!)

These bite size no-bake cookie balls are rich in chocolate, peanut butter goodness, and have an awesome bite since they are loaded with seeds, pecans + shredded coconut.  They are nothing like the empty calorie distant relative no-bake cookie.  These cookie bites brag of 2.7 grams of protein a piece and only 2.4 net carbs!  And for 128 calories a piece, you can guiltlessly enjoy a few for an afternoon pick-me-up.  But the best part, they won’t leave you with a sugar rush or cravings in an hour but will actually restore and nourish.  Isn’t that how we should be snacking anyway??

 

Nutrition per cookie ball:

128 calories

2.7 grams protein

2.4 net carbs

Compared to traditional no-bake chocolate cookie:

120 calories

2.4 grams protein

18 net carbs

Tell me what you think: Are you a big no-bake cookie fan as well?  What combination of seeds/nuts would you make?