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…

 

How Cooking Heals Compulsive Eating

And now, a guest blog post from our friend, Isabel FoxendukeABOUT-1024x768

And I’m using the term “compulsive eating” to describe any thoughtless, quick, impulsive decisions around food, that occur in reaction to stress, deprivation or what I like to call “energy-bunny mode.”

Many women, and in particular “type-A,” second-shift, perfectionistic dieters, often find themselves turning to the refrigerator when they’ve just had enough, and can’t take it anymore.

You know what I’m talking about: STRESS EATING. The kind of eating that you do standing up in front of the refrigerator, or at the secret candy bowl in the back of your office. I am not kidding, at certain points in my life, I would actually sneak food into the women’s bathroom at work, just because I needed a break.

If this is familiar to you at all, I’m about to give you the best tip ever: MAKE. TIME. TO. COOK.

Cooking is this magic activity that we partake in to truly nourish ourselves, both physically and emotionally, so we don’t burn out and end up facedown in a pan of brownie batter for no reason. It works in a few ways…

1. Cooking is one of the most primary human acts of self-care. Emotional Eating is, by definition, a self-care deficit. We are putting a band-aid on a bullet wound, instead of dealing with what’s actually going on. When we start to practice radical self-care, emotional eating naturally dissipates.

2. Cooking cultivates gratitude and patience. When we becomes intimately related with the physical labor involved in making a meal (going to the grocery store, picking the ripest vegetable, cutting and measuring) we can not help but to appreciate our food in a new way. We stop taking what we eat for granted. It’s no longer a substance to be abused, but a substance to be honored.

3. Cooking helps us slow down & simply RELAX. In the right mindset, cooking is a meditation — a time away from our computers, when we pay attention to the simple things. (And if you find cooking kinda stressful, because you’re afraid you’re gonna have to “resist” sticking your fingers in every mixing bowl, download my guide, “How To Not Eat Chocolate Cake” — I wrote it for you.)

Isabel Foxen Duke helps women make peace with their bodies, so they can stop obsessing about food and start living again (or for the first time). Your weight dramas are scared of her. For more articles, visit www.IsabelFoxenDuke.com and download How To Not Eat Chocolate Cake. You can also follow her on Twitter @IsabelFoxenDuke and Facebook.com/