Saucy: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip PowerBalls

We proudly present another episode of our new HCC TV Show: Saucy where we provide practical answers to you culinary queries with some sass and some laughs.

This episode is something most of us can relate to: Sugar Cravings!

The issue is especially rampant this time of year with cookies baiting and tempting us at every turn!

Our motto? If you can’t beat ‘em, join em!

We came up with a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, no-bake cookie that’s simple to make, satisfying and surprisingly delicious.

Let’s kick it back to our viewer.  Here’s what she had to say…

Dear Robyn + Quinn, My sweet tooth is out of control.  Like, I literally need something sweet every day around 4pm.  It’s so hard because the office candy bowl is always stocked full of Snicker’s minis and I have this one co-worker who is constantly bringing in cookies.  Why is she trying to destroy me?!  Is there something I can have to satisfy that sweet craving that isn’t a piece of fruit?  That never seems to do the trick.

Help!
Nicole

Well Nicole, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  We feel you so hard and sincerely hope this helps…

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip PowerBalls
Servings: about 12 balls
Time: 10 minutes
NOTE: If you’re someone who doesn’t like a ton of sweets hanging around you can half this recipe like we did in the video.  If you want to share, make the full recipe (or even double it and store some in your freezer!).

  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raw almond butter
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsps. dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp. pumpkin seeds
  • 1 Tbsp. hemp seeds
  •  ½ tsp cinnamon
  •  ¼ tsp sea salt

Directions

Stir together oats and almond butter.  Then add in maple syrup, seeds, chocolate, cinnamon and salt.

Mix until thoroughly combined (you can just go ahead and use your hands!). Add some more oats if mixture feels too wet.

Spoon out 1 tablespoons’ worth and firmly shape into a ball. You might need to firmly squeeze them into a ball so they keep their shape

Place on a container and put in the fridge to “set” for 30 minutes.

But we really need to know, what are your favorite healthy holiday treats?  Share the goodness in the comments below…

 

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Everything Free Banana Bread Muffins

Posted by: Robyn

These muffins have been eaten by all sorts of folks in dietary land and have been loved through and through. My hubs even proclaimed that if I made 3 batches and zip-locked them for him to take to work he would be good for breakfast FOREVER! Bold statement!

I hope you enjoy my favorite baking adventure treat. Feel free to make them in a loaf pan but be sure to bake the bread for 45-60 minutes and insert a toothpick to check when it’s cooked through (the toothpick should come out clean and the bread should feel firm in the middle when gently touched). Look at me getting all baking language up in this joint!photo 1

Everything Free Banana Bread Muffins
Servings: 10-12
Time: 45 minutes

  •  4 bananas, yellow (they do not need to be overly ripe)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Combine your bananas, eggs, nut butter, and butter in a blender, food processor, or mixing bowl and mix well (if using a mixing bowl you need a good hand-mixer).

Once all of your ingredients are blended move mixture to a mixing bowl and add in coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, and sea salt and mix well.

Add natural cupcake liners to a muffin pan and pour in your batter evenly throughout the pans. You should be able to fill one standard 12 muffin sized pan.

Place in your preheated oven and bake for 30-35 minutes, the tops should be a golden brown. Remove from oven and allow muffins to cool on a baking rack (if you don’t have a baking rack you can just tilt them sideways in the pan to allow air to circulate underneath the muffins (I obviously do not own a baking rack).

Feel free to serve with chopped toasted pecans or walnuts and a little drizzle of honey. You could also include 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips or chopped nuts in the batter. I’ve heard they’re delicious this way. :)

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Video: A Peek Inside the HCC Pantry

You’ve been inside our kitchen, but for the first time ever we are taking you behind the cabinet doors and into the HCC pantry.

Come inside and see what we always have on hand, how we keep things organized, what we keep inside that shoe box!

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