So a co-worker of mine who is so sweet and also training for her first half marathon has a very special birthday today! Happy Birthday Amy! 🙂
As we usually do in my office, all of the girls started an e-mail chain to start plans on the hush-hush, and Nicole was going to make her amazing cupcakes, Kelly was bringing oreo balls (omg don’t eat these things, you’ll never stop until you hit oreo coma heaven!), etc. And I had to take the opportunity to make something with a healthy treat that everyone could enjoy guilt-free!
These little guys are also perfect for a quick snack on the go, or have a few with your eggs for breakfast! Perfect solution for so many different cravings.
Quick and Easy PB Oatmeal Balls
1 Banana, mashed
2/3 C all-natural peanut butter
1 1/2 C oats
1/2 C chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life chips to keep these extra clean!)
Preheat oven to 350F and prepare a lined baking sheet
Mash banana, if still not quite ripe enough, chop into slices, then pop in the microwave for 15 minutes to soften a bit more!
As you will learn, I have a serious sweet tooth, so I am constantly searching for guilt-free treats. Combine that with my curiosity for new flavors and techniques, and you get stuff like this! I found this recipe on one of my favorite healthy recipe sites paleomg.com
This was my first time working with most of these ingredients, so I did my research careful to learn exactly which part of the lavender plant to use, and how to handle a true vanilla bean.
Another thing to note in this recipe is how easy it is to make your own nut meals/flours. Here we use cashews for their sweet but still robust flavor.
I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised by this recipe. I was hesitant about my proportions, nervous about all of the new ingredients, and a little intimidated (still) by clean baking in general, but it turned out to have an incredibly delicate flavor and rich texture that perfectly solved my sweet craving.
So, without further ado…
Paleo Lavender Vanilla Bean Scones
1.5 C cashews (I used roasted, unsalted), ground into a meal/flour