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These No-Bake Nut Butter Cookies Are The Perfect Mood-Stabilizing Snack

And you won't even have to turn on the oven!

  • Posted on 27th May, 2022 16:30 PM
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Eating for your particular health needs is no new concept, but what about eating to support your mental well-being? The effect that food can have on mood became so important to me when I was diagnosed with bipolar II almost a decade ago. Since then, I have continued to search for recipes that not only help to stabilize my mood, but also provide long-lasting energy, without the crash.

Particularly when it comes to sweet snacks, I wanted to find a treat that could keep blood sugar steady, to help support a stable mood throughout the day. One great example: these no-bake nut butter cookie bites that I created.

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The star ingredient of this dish is almond flour which not only functions as an excellent binder for the cookies, but also is a great source of fiber and protein to sustain blood sugar levels. What's more, almond flour is packed with vitamin E, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, along with magnesium.

Dates are another key player, offering a natural sweetness to the dish while also packing in antioxidants and minerals like potassium and phosphorus, which provide excellent brain support. While these do contain natural sugars, the combination of protein, fiber, and fat in this recipe helps minimize a glucose spike.

With peanut butter and dark chocolate tying together the rich and decadent flavor, this balanced and stabilizing treat is perfect for the mid afternoon slump...or whenever you need a sweet treat.

Ready to get snacking? Check out the video above or the recipe below for a no-bake cookie that will support both your energy levels and your mood.

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No-Bake Nut Butter Cookie Bites

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • ~10 pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (plus more for garnish)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks

Method

  1. Add almond flour, dates, peanut butter, vanilla extract, and salt into a food processor and blend until smooth and evenly mixed.
  2. Scoop out about a tablespoon of the mixture and use your hand to form round balls.
  3. Place on a tray flatten with the bottom of a glass so your dough creates a cookie shape.
  4. Pop into the fridge for 20 minutes.
  5. Once cooled, melt chocolate in the microwave (in 30 second intervals...stirring when necessary) and drizzle each bite with chocolate. Sprinkle each with sea salt as well.
  6. Pop back in the fridge for 20 to 30 minutes and enjoy.
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