Food Friday!

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites 

Soft and chewy Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites is the recipe for
Food Friday this week. Topped with a smooth coconut milk icing to
compliment the "spicy" flavour of the dough. Flatten them like cookies
or just form into balls, either way this recipe is a quick and healthy treat!

Ingredients for Cookie Dough:

- 2 cups unsalted cashews
- 1/2 cup ground flax
- 1/4 cup hemp hearts
- 1/4 cup ground almonds
- 3 scoops natural protein powder
- 1/2 tbsp ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1 cup dates (pre-soaked/ overnight and drained)
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp of water (if needed)

Ingredients for Icing:

- 1 400ml can of coconut milk (chilled overnight in the fridge)
- 1 tsp Stevia
- 1 tsp vanilla

Directions for Cookie Dough:

- in a food processor, pulse the cashews, flax, hemp hearts, almonds, protein powder, ginger, cloves and nutmeg. Pulse until the whole nuts are crumbled.
- add the wet ingredients (dates, molasses, vanilla). Blend until smooth and evenly combined
- chill the dough until firm
- using your hands, roll portions of dough into 1" balls and flatten them with into cookie shapes. Place on a plate covered with wax paper
- chill in the refrigerator while preparing the icing

- makes 18-20 bites

Directions for Icing:

- in a glass bowl (preferable chilled), remove the thick cream from the chilled can of coconut milk. It's on the top of the can separated from the liquid on the bottom.
- add the Stevia and vanilla, whisk together
- top each cookie with the icing and allow to set in the refrigerator
- enjoy this chewy cookie dough when chilled and keep stored on wax paper in the fridge

Also try this recipe for Banana Blueberry Baked Oatmeal, it's delicious! 

Recipe adapted from ones found on Fragrant Vanilla Cake and DAMY Health



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