With cooking and baking lately, it's been all about simplicity and quick dishes. There's been lots and lots of pizza. And I love pizza, so that's totally okay with me. Waking up at 5:45 every morning for work has been a lot to get used to, but it hasn't stopped me from making something when I can. Always a fan of a quick snack that's nice and sweet but packed with nutrients, when I saw these brownie dough bites on Oh She Glows, I was alllll over them. I love my dough bites (chocolate chip, molasses crinkle, oatmeal raisin), so this was right up my alley.
The idea of making these into a 'blizzard' was really appealing to me since it's been so hot outside, but the last time I tried making banana soft serve, I couldn't handle how ripe the banana taste was, considering I like green bananas. I really wanted to try it again, though, so I sliced up one of my greener bananas and froze that. It ripened slightly while freezing, but it the flavor was good this time - not too ripe for me! I've been loving having a nice frozen treat for breakfast or with my lunch - especially since it's so good for you!
These brownie bites are so addictive. It's hard to keep myself away from them! And they really DO taste like brownies..so fantastic!
Brownie Dough Bites
1/2 cup cashews
1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
2 T cocoa
1/2 t vanilla
1 T maple syrup or agave nectar (I've used both)
1/4 t salt
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
In a food processor, grind the cashews and walnuts until they are fine crumbs. Add in the dates and pulse until chunky. Add the cocoa, vanilla, maple syrup, salt and coconut. Pulse until well blended and a dough forms. Stir in the chocolate chips or pulse them in for finer pieces. Roll into bite sized balls and place in an airtight container in the freezer!
For a 'blizzard':
1 banana, sliced and frozen
2 T cocoa powder (or to taste)
4-6 brownie dough bites, depending on the size you make them
In a food processor, blend the banana and cocoa together until creamy. Add in the brownie dough bites and pulse until mixed in. Add a few extra dough bites on top and serve!