Hurray! A raw cookie recipe that is nut-free and gluten-free. I created these two-bite nuggets for all the joyous readers out there (and your kids) who cannot eat nuts but can eat seeds.
Most schools in North America do not allow peanuts, so this is a wonderful raw cookie recipe that as long as your school allows seeds, you can make these for your little ones as a wonderful snack! Be sure to watch my segment from the Morning Show below on healthy lunchbox ideas for back to school!
I personally love these two-bite chocolate chips nuggets as a mid-afternoon powersnack to keep me joyous and energized!
*I use Lily's Sweets Chocolate Chips
**If you use raw cacao powder instead of protein powder you will likely need to make the nuggets a bit sweeter because raw cacao is quite bitter. You could add honey or maple syrup.
Makes 15-18 nuggets if you make them 2-bites worth. :)
I suggest 1-2 as a snack. Of course that all depends how large you make them!
In the segment this morning, the lunchbox ideas I shared are as follows:
Salmon salad sandwich. I used the dressing from the Creamy Potato Salad from chocolate avocado pudding. The protein powder I used for the 2-bite nuggets is Genuine Health's vegan protein powder, chocolate, use code JOYOUS20 to save.
Maple Banana Grilled Sandwich from Joyous Health. Instead of almond butter, I used sunflower seed butter.
Nut-free Trail Mix Recipe:
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup dried organic cranberries
1/4 cup dairy/nut/gluten-free chocolate chips
You may have noticed that I had little love notes on some of the lunch boxes I shared on the segment. When I was a little girl my mom would do this for me. It always made me feel joyous! You could also put in thoughtful quotes or funny jokes. Spread the love!
Any questions, please ask or comment below.
Have a joyous day and all the best for back-to-school!
ps. The lunchboxes were BPA-free plastic. I bought them at a little kitchen store in Owen Sound when I was doing a radio show/book signing up there called Stokes.
Hello Joy! I made your two bites nuggets this weekend and they are so good! I found them maybe a little bit soft. Is it normal? Thanks you and have a nice day!Reply
Hi Christine, Did you refrigerate them? We say in the recipe that you can refrigerate or eat them right away, but I find that sticking them in the fridge tends to firm them up a bit. Kate - Joyous Health Team
Would almond butter work in place of sunflower butter?Reply
Hi Sharon, Sure! We just went with sunflower butter to make them friendly to schools with nut-free policies, but you can swap out any nut butter you want. Kate - Joyous Health Team
I was wondering what the protein powder brand is...I looked in your post but must have missed it. Thank you, there are so many brands to choose from, would appreciate the insight! KathyReply
Hi Kathy, I really like Genuine Health's vegan proteins plus in either vanilla or chocolate. They also have a fermented one now that is available in a natural flavour. However, the key with protein powders is to make sure they are as clean and additive free as possible.
Hi Joy, I have recently had to give up eating bananas because of finding out I have a food intolerance to them :o(. Can you tell me a good substitution for them? I'd love to try you chocolate chip nuggets but... Thank you for any suggestions you can give! LaurieReply
Hi Laurie, You might want to try experimenting with applesauce or almond butter in place of the bananas. (Please note we haven't tried swapping out the bananas ourselves, so we can't guarantee it will work. This is just our best guess based on previous banana swaps in recipes.) Kate - Joyous Health Team
I saw you speak at Goodness Me and you made this great smoothie, it was like a Creamsicle. I was just wondering where I would find the recipe? I do have your book but it doesn't seem to be in there. If it is, could you give me the page number? Thanks ElizabethReply
Hi Elizabeth, here's the Creamsicle Smoothie recipe, enjoy!! https://vimeo.com/80069050
Hello Joy! I was wondering a good substitute for coconut flakes and coconut sugar? It's rather hard to find even in my town's local markets.. Thank you! xReply
This is a really tough one! I think you could sub in hemp seeds (hearts) for coconut flakes for texture, but not taste. As for coconut sugar, you could use raw honey or maple syrup for sweetening but of course this will change the texture of what ever you are cooking/baking. However, I always recommend to my clients who live in small towns to order their health food products online. It's often cheaper than in-store, and incredibly convenient :) Try nationalnutrition.ca, well.ca or vitacost.ca
Hi joy! I love all your recipes and your book!!! Curious if you would suggest freezing the raw cookie dough balls? Thanks!Reply
Hi Lynsey, They should freeze fine as long as you ensure no extra moisture gets packed in with them, and you may want to pack them in such a way that they don't stick together during freezing. Kate - Joyous Health Team
Looking for gluten free oats?Reply
Bob's Red Mill brand sells gluten-free oats.