My inner fat kid loves baked goods.
So does my outer fat kid.
I really could eat baked goods all day long. Keep your Twizzlers and Sour Patch Kids, I’ll take the homemade oatmeal cookies.
Sadly, cookies aren’t exactly on my training plan. Until now. I strange’d it up in a storm of “use everything in my pantry.”
I balled up a version of one of my favorite cookies
because everything’s better as balls. I also altered the ingredient list a bit so it can be eaten guilt-free. Not that I feel guilty about eating dessert… but sometimes my abs do.
These chocolate chip-laced treats are just as good as the real thing. Really! My boss ate one and said “oh my god… these are good!” with a only slightly suppressed tone of surprise.
You could probably use any flour here – try coconut flour to make it gluten free. They can easily be made vegan with a flax egg. And, if you’re not ready to bring back pumpkin yet, try mashed sweet potato or banana!
Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls
- 1 C almond meal
- 1 C rolled oats
- 1/2 C spelt flour
- 2 scoops (62 g) vanilla protein powder (I used Growing Naturals rice protein)
- 2 T brown sugar, packed
- 2 T Stevia (or more brown sugar)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 C pumpkin puree
- 1/4 C water
- 3 T coconut oil
- 3 T egg white (or flax egg)
- 2 tsp NuNaturals simple syrup (or maple syrup)
- 1/2 tsp maple pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 C sugar-free chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine.
In a small bowl mix coconut oil (softened in micro if necessary), syrup, egg white, water, and extract. Pour wet mixture into the dry. Stir until well-combined (you can use your CLEAN hands).
Fold in the chocolate chips. Make balls of ~2 T of dough, place on cookie sheet and and flatten with your palm.
Bake for 10-12 mins at 350 degrees. Remove from oven and let cool.
Makes about 30 cookies.
*See notes in post above for gluten-free, vegan, and other options!
How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.
I’m thinking I need to finally try a clean(er) cheesecake of my own next!
Baked goods or candy?
What childhood favorite would you like to health-ify?