MCLV Mange: Healthy Treats

There’s nothing that I like better than finding an excuse to eat desserts first thing in the morning!

I prefer to take my calcium and supplements first thing in the morning but since they’re fat-soluable they should be consumed with something fat-heavy. In the past I’ve taken them with Energy Bites (aka Protein Balls) which are nut and date based, and rich sources of protein, sugar, and fat. These also serve the unique purpose of fueling my morning workouts since I eat them on my walk to the office.

But I decided to mix things up recently and using The Wannabe Chef’s Copycat Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Larabars as a starting point I made peanut butter chocolate chip bites. I mixed dates, almonds, powdered peanut butter, salt, and raw cacoa nibs in the food processor, rolled up the sticky dough into little balls, and finally stuck them in the freezer to harden.

So. Good.

I kid you not, this is one of the best tasting treats I’ve ever made. Quick, simple, and so good that I accidentally ate 90% of them the day that I whipped them up. I will definitely be making these again in the very near future.

The second dessert recipe I want to share today is a tasty raw, vegan chocolate cake from the aptly named Yes, I Want Cake. Before this year I rarely ever baked and raw “baking” was completely foreign to me – Whereas these days I bake (or “bake”) at least once a week. Baking has become something of a stress-relivier for me – As far as I’m concerned cleaning, cooking & baking could replace prozac! 🙂

As a rule raw desserts are primarily composed of nuts and dates, and this time I swapped the walnuts in the original recipe for these on-hand almonds and halved the recipe since I just wanted a little treat for my cousin and I after a day of shopping.

This is my baby three-cup food processor which has since been replaced. I know you don’t think of Bloomingdale’s as a kitchen appliance store – at all – but they actually have great sales on home & kitchen goods and I picked up an 11-cup food processor for a steal a few months ago.

Isn’t it funny in this electronic day in age when I can’t live without my laptop or smart phone that I still prefer to have a paper recipe in front of me? If not just to spill on it and make notes in the margins…

Finally I sprinkled the dense little chocolate cake with shredded coconut.

Et voila!

I highly recommend both of these treats – The peanut butter chocolate chip bites are delicious and the perfect snack before or after a workout, and this little coconut chocolate cake is quick & and oh-so-tasty, perfect for an after dinner treat.

Stay tuned for the next MCLV Mange installment and check out the previous posts from this series to see what you’ve missed so far:

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