When I leave town for a conference, work trip or project, I’m 100% focused and in what you call “work mode.” I’m always grateful for the opportunity to get out of my four walls in southern suburbia and meet other people with whom I can talk social media, business and MOMables.
Upon my return, the kids always want “mom” treats and their favorite homemade meals. The truth is that returning home is also exhausting. I have to catch up on laundry, homework, grocery shopping and spending some quality time with the kids individually.
Am I always in the mood to bake something? Not really.
I try to explain to my kids that “mom loves to cook, not bake.”
So what do I do when my kids want a baked treat and I don’t feel like baking?
I head over to the MOMables website and browse through some of the kid-tested quick recipes, of course! My go-to recipe is the no-bake cookie dough bites. No, I don’t make cookie dough with raw eggs and let them eat it by the spoonful! I think I deserve a bit more credit, don’t you think?
These oatmeal raisin cookie dough bites taste just like the real thing, are loaded with omega 3s, fiber and protein.
All the goodness of a healthy snack, plus the taste of an oatmeal raisin cookie in each bite.
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites
makes 1½ dozen cookie dough bites
½ cup creamy raw almond butter or peanut butter
¼ cup raw honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup coconut flour (available at Whole Foods)
3 Tablespoons quick oats
2 Tablespoons ground flax seed
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup California raisins
- In a large bowl, mix together nut butter, honey (or maple syrup) and vanilla until creamy and well blended.
- In a separate bowl, combine the coconut flour, ground flax seed, quick oats, cinnamon and sea salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet and mix well to combine (I like to use a wooden spoon). Fold in the raisins
- Use your hands to knead the dough. If the dough is too wet, add a bit more coconut flour. If it’s too dry and doesn’t hold together well, knead in one teaspoon (or two) or water.
- Scoop out tablespoon-size portions and roll into one-inch balls using your hands to create a bite-sized treat.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes and serve.
They are delicious.
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Editor’s Note: Coconut flour is gluten free and available from Bob’s Red Mill.
Laura Fuentes shows parents how to make fresh school lunches over at MOMables™. She is a wife, mother of three and a lunch enthusiast who insists on healthy, wholesome food for her family. On her personal blog, Super Glue Mom, she writes about managing motherhood on a deadline. She’s also a food contributor and recipe developer to numerous sites and helps busy parents overcome the difficulties of cooking real food in a hurry. Fun fact: Laura was born in Spain.
Favorite Way to Eat California Raisins: Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Jelly!
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