Chickpea Cookie Dough!?

You got it! Another deceptive yet nutritious and delicious dessert for you to whip up for your family tonight!  Similar to my black bean brownies, this recipe uses beans as its creamy base.

Chickpea Cookie Dough

recipe adapted from
1/2 cups chickpeas (1 can, drained)
heaping 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon baking soda (a bit more)
1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon pure Watkins vanilla extract
up to 1/4 cup nut butter
1 and 1/4 cup pitted dates, soaked
1/3 cup chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips
2 Tablespoons oats
few drops of stevia
Milk or nondairy milk as needed to thin (a few T at the most)
In a bowl, cover the dates with 1/2 cup water.  Let this sit for several hours (the original recipe says 8 but you can get away with 2-3).  Add all ingredients (including the date water), except chocolate chips, to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Refrigerate for 20-30 minutes and then stir in chocolate chips.

Serve as a dessert dip (with apple slices, animal crackers, etc) or pudding, mix into oatmeal, stuff into cupcakes or top pancakes with it.  Remember it is a dessert so don’t eat all the batter at once 🙂  The taste is similiar to a cough flavored Larabar!

Untill next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Mugged by a Cake

That’s right…a cake made in a mug.  Crazy right?!  That’s what I thought when I saw my pal Abby post the recipe on her blog: La Vida de Frida.  I knew I had to try. 
This is a PERFECT way to portion out a treat and not have the temptation to go back for seconds .

Chocolate Cake in a Mug, recipe slightly adapted from AJ’s Cooking Secrets (post from La Vida de Frida)

I was drawn to this recipe for chocolate cake in a mug because it had a fraction of the sugar (some recipes used as much as 1/4 cup for one serving!) and fat compared to other recipes. It also contains no eggs, so no worries about eating undercooked eggs! I have made a few changes to the original recipe to make it a bit more wholesome. Like any dessert, I want it to be as wholesome as I can make it, without sacrificing flavor.

  • 2 Tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour ….I used white whole wheat flour as that is what I had on hand
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dark chocolate chips (about 15)
  • 3 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon canola or other light oil
  • Very small splash of vanilla extract
  1. In a microwave-safe coffee mug, thoroughly mix together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, sugar, and chocolate chips
  2. Stir in milk, oil, and vanilla extract until combined with the dry ingredients (make sure to scrape the bottom, as the dry ingredients like to “hang out” there).
  3. Microwave batter for 40-60 seconds, depending on microwave power and desired cake texture. (I microwave my cake for 40 seconds, and the result is similar to a molten chocolate lava cake.)
  4. Enjoy plain, or with a dusting of powdered sugar, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream, or a cold glass of milk!


Here’s a close up of the ooey-gooey goodness.

In this convenience world we live in…anyone else have healhty-convenient recipes to share?

Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good
Sara B.

Chocolate Pasta

So one of the many wonderful flavored pastas J brought home from Seattle was CHOCOLATE!
see blogs post:
So the other night we invited over our good pasta-loving friends Ryan and Robin to indulge in this with us.

You can find places to buy chocolate pasta online…just Bing it!
Surprise your guest with this unique dessert.

The fixins….you can’t go wrong with DQ soft serve ice cream! Doctor it up as you like!

Strawberry sauce

it was unique 🙂

Until next time…

look good, feel good, do good

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Two of my favorite things…almonds and cookies so needless to say these cookie really hit the spot!

After seeing this delicious looking picture in my latest Clean Eating Magazine I knew I had to make them.

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 C unsalted almond butter (I grind my own at New Pioneer Coop)
3/4 C sugar source (stevia, honey, agave nectar, brown sugar) I used honey and they turned out a little flat
1 large egg
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 oz dark chocolate chips (or break apart a dark chocolate bar…70% or greater)
I found dark chips at the Coop bulk bins
Preheat oven to 350F. In medium bowl, stir together first 5 ingredients until blended. Stir in chocolate.
Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto parchment lined or greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Let cool on baking sheets. Remove to wire rack and cool. Enjoy!
Nutrients: 110 cals, fat 8g, carb 10g, suagrs 3g, protien 2g
Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good