Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls

I may or may not be the only person in the world like this, but growing up (and to this day) I’ve actually always prefered cinnamon raisin cookies to chocolate chip…. Anyone out there crazy too or just me?

Anyways, not only is the actually cookie better in my opinion, but oh my… the cookie dough? MMMMMM. Impeccable. I can’t get enough of the stuff! So when I decided to make a healthy version of it, I was a little hesitant because I knew how dangerous it would be. I may lose all self control and start eating the stuff by the batch. Yikes.

When I was little I was the same way with cookie dough, I was always eating it by the spoonful at Christmas-time while Mom was doing her best to fend me off and make Christmas cookies. But one fateful day I actually got salmonella poisoning from eating raw cookie dough and had to be hospitalized for a week. Yeah, so now you know it’s not just some made up story parents tell you to scare you off. That stuff actually happens. And it is NOT a good time.

But nowwwwww, since this recipe is dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free (and egg free), I can eat all I want without having to worry about another trip to the hospital! TBH I’ve made this, not even bothered to roll it into balls, and brought it with me in a jar to a movie and I ate the whole darn thing. The only repercussion was I was very full. But that I can definitely handle.

Okay that’s enough rambling from me for one day, I’ll letcha get on with your lives. And I promise I’m working on a chocolate chip cookie dough recipe too for everyone out there who isn’t like me BUT do yourselves a favor and give this one a try too because it’s da bombbbbbb.

Cinnamon Raisin Cookie Dough Balls

  • Servings: 8 Balls
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup gluten-free oat flour
  • ¼ cup gluten-free rolled oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp MCT oil (or virgin coconut oil)
  • 1 Tbsp no sugar added applesauce
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp raisins

Directions

  1. Add all your ingredients to a bowl and mix together until everything is thoroughly combined.
  2. Scoop out about 1 tablespoon worth of dough and roll into a ball. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
  3. Store in the fridge and enjoy!

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Sweet Massaged Kale Salad with Vegan Parmesan

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This is 100% my favorite salad of all time (currently). I’ve literally been eating it night and day for the past two weeks and I still can’t get enough of it!

Anddddd, besides being leafy green and delicious, it takes two seconds to make (you can even pre-make the dressing and keep it in a bottle for easy access then all you have to do is make the vegan parm and you’re set). It’s the perfect way to have a delicious healthy side salad/meal in minutes. AND IT’S SO GOOD. I made the Oh She Glows Butternut Squash with this nutty parmesan substitute and ever since I’ve just been putting it in everything.

I hope you enjoy, my peeps!

Sweet Massaged Kale Salad with Vegan Parmesan

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale, chopped coarsely and massaged
  • ¼ c golden raisins
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Oh She Glows Almond-Pecan Parmesan

  • ¼ c almonds
  • ¼ c pecans
  • 1 Tbsp nutritional Yeast
  • ½ tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch sea salt

Directions

  1. In a large salad bowl, add your kale and give it a few squeezes to “massage” it. This breaks it down a bit and makes it less bitter. Add the golden raisins.
  2. Meanwhile, combine 2 Tbsp olive oil, lemon juice, honey, garlic, and pepper and whisk to combine.
  3. Place all ingredients for the Oh She Glows Almond-Pecan Parmesan in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are in tiny chunks.
  4. Add the “parmesan” and dressing and toss to combine. Enjoy!


Iron-Packed Power Bars

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Hi everyone! I know what you’re thinking, “iron-packed”? Bailey, that is so random. Why you do this?

Well let me tell you. I’ve recently been going through a bit of a sluggish slump, and since I haven’t been feeling my greatest I figured I’d have my blood tested to see what was up. I wasn’t surprised to find out that I have low iron and vitamin B12 levels (as I don’t eat a ton of red meat) AND since iron and vitamin B12 are crucial factors in keeping your energy levels and mood elevated, I knew I needed to make a change.

Fun fact: Iron is a part of a substance in your red blood cells called hemoglobin which is responsible for carrying oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. Without the proper amount of iron, your body can’t produce healthy, oxygenated red blood cells.

SO THIS IS IMPORTANT PEOPLE.

I got some iron and vitamin B12 supplements as a quick fix, I even chocked down some liver (all for the cause, of course), but in the long run I knew I needed to get more iron from my diet so I could sustain my active, healthy lifestyle. So I got to Googling. Besides the obvious red meat, which I didn’t plan on upping my intake too much of, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that many nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and oats are quite high in iron! And since I had been looking to make a quick, iron-rich snack that I could eat every day to boost my iron intake, these foods couldn’t have made a more perfect power bar. It was fate.

I know with myself personally not eating a lot of red meat and a lot of you all are vegan, vegetarian, or try to stick to a plant-based diet so you probably have this same issue. That darn iron, why must you allude us all! This could be on its way to being a staple in all our diets pretty darn quick because I must say, these bars are out of this world. I could literally eat the entire batch every time I make them! We’ll start a trend.

#baisironbars

Let’s go.

Okay so besides having 35% of your daily value of iron in one bar, these guys are also packed with protein, healthy fats, fiber, and sooo much more! So that means you’re going to get a healthy source of sustainable energy as well as digestive health benefits and a muscle/cell boost on top of all that iron. I don’t generally make the nutrition facts for my recipes, but since I was trying to pinpoint iron in particular for this one, I’ve included all the nutrition information in the label below!

So to all my anemic friends out there (and I know I’m not the only one), let’s get going! We don’t need no stinkin’ red meat to be getting the proper amounts of iron, we just need one delicious power-packed snack a day and we are golden. Or should I say we’re iron.

*crickets*

Okay fine. Make sure you tag #baisironbars when you make these guys and we’ll get all our iron-deficient friends back on track! Enjoy!

Iron-Packed Power Bars

  • Servings: 10 bars
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp coconut flour
  • 3 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • ¼ cup raw organic honey (plus a little extra if your bars are a little too dry)
  • ½ cup cashew butter
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 5 pitted Medjool dates
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips

Directions

  1. In a high-powered blender or food processor, add your oat flour, coconut flour, and hemp hearts and pulse until well combined. Remove to a separate bowl.
  2. Add honey, cashew butter, vanilla extract, and dates to your blender or food processor and blend until smooth and well combined.
  3. Add your flour mixture back in and blend until a doughy consistency has formed. If it’s still a bit crumbly, add some more honey until it’s doughy.
  4. Add the seeds, raisins, and chocolate chips and pulse until they are evenly mixed in.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and dump out your dough on it. Using your hands, press the dough down into about a ½ inch thin sheet.
  6. Put in the fridge (or freezer) until it hardens up and then slice into 10 bars. Enjoy!
  7. * I store them in the fridge and they usually last for about 5-7 days