February 7, 2014 at 9:56 pm , by Nick Shell
3 years, 2 months.
I think I might be over cakes, cupcakes, and cookies, now that Mommy has introduced our family to “no-bake vegan chocolate chip cookie dough balls.”
She found them on a website called, Gluten-Free-Vegan-Girl, which is apparently orchestrated by an 18 year-old girl from Norway.
(That’s the country where your great-grandfather on Mommy’s side was adopted from, by the way.)
So, it’s official: These no-bake vegan chocolate chip cookie dough balls are awesome!
Not only are they pretty easy to make, considering you don’t even cook them, but they taste so good that they are extremely addictive.
However, the ingredients are healthy and simple:
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 3/4 cup dates
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- a pinch of maldon salt
- 1/4 cup chopped 70+% dark vegan chocolate (or use vegan chocolate chips)
So I kind of think these might be our new family favorite treat.
They’re mainly sweetened from the dates and “fattened” by the cashews; which provide less than 1% of the daily recommended amount of cholesterol.
Remember my theory on consuming more than 0% but less than 1% cholesterol?
“Being a vegan means your cholesterol intake is more than 0% (from good fats, like avocados, cashews, coconuts, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, etc.) but less than 1% (because of no animal fats). I think part of the reason vegans feel so much better after nixing animals products is because they are no longer experiencing another living (at one time) animal’s cholesterol and fat running through their veins.”
Like most food that Mommy and I approve of for our family, these no-bake vegan chocolate chip cookie dough balls are better when made by us… not bought pre-made and packaged from a store.
Having a fun (and delicious!) recipe like this makes it even more fun and special to be a plant-based family. Like I’ve said before, it’s not about what we can’t eat, but about what we can!
We get to enjoy this secret dessert snack recipe that hardly anybody else knows about. It’s not the kind of thing a person would normally think to make or eat, but when you rule out animal products from your diet, you (are forced to) discover new foods that you actually like better than what you were eating before.
I’m contrasting this recipe against any token grocery store cake, or boxed cake mix, made with food dye from petroleum and/or bugs, along with a whole paragraph of unpronounceable ingredients.
Yeah, that’s not food.
I’ll take no-bake vegan chocolate chip cookie dough balls anyday! But, shhhh… we’re adopting them as a secret family recipe now- thanks to an 18 year-old girl in Norway named Solveig Berg Vollan!
Or check out other vegan recipe reviews I have written