NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE SNOWBALL COOKIES
When I need a quick chocolate fix that won’t derail my healthier lifestyle efforts, I turn to these super easy No-bake Chocolate Snowball Cookies. Whatever my goals, I believe there should always be room for chocolate!
You know, as I’ve mentioned before, during ‘that time of the month’ I can really get some hard-to-ignore cravings! And when I’m already feeling gross, usually the last thing I want to do is be standing in the kitchen for longer than 5 minutes. However, I do not want a few days of slipping on my nutrition to catapult me back to square one! I also don’t want to set the example for my kiddos of using bad-for-you foods to make me feel better. So I’m always working to find quick recipes that will satisfy my sweet tooth and also provide some nutrition.
I adapted this recipe from my No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Balls recipe, replacing a couple of ingredients with wheat germ. This provides a good boost of protein, B vitamins, zinc, vitamin E, and magnesium – all of which are shown to help reduce PMS symptoms like cramping and fatigue. These cookies are also just sweet enough to keep me and my kiddos away from super fatty or sugary treats.
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Another plus with this recipe is that it’s really fun and easy for kids to make themselves. We made these at my January ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ class as a fun winter-themed treat. The kids had a blast making and eating these decadent (and healthy!) snowball cookies!
Each child measured just enough ingredients into their bowls to make about four or five 1-inch balls. Measuring dry ingredients is a great job for all ages (younger kids, 18-30 months or so, will likely need help). I recommend only allowing older kids to measure the peanut butter and honey – as they can get really messy! – or do it yourself. Then let the kids stir all of the ingredients together until well mixed. (Pictured below is beginning mixing – you can see the cocoa powder and oats are not completely incorporated into the mixture. Stir until it looks like chocolate dough.)
Once their ‘cookie dough’ is formed, it’s time to roll it into balls. Have them use the mixing spoon to scoop a small amount and roll it with their hands. Once the cookie balls are formed, place them on a plate of shredded coconut and roll them around until well coated.
Now you have snowball cookies! I can attest to the fact that no matter how grumpy and icky you feel, making these treats with the kiddos is pretty much stress-free! You will definitely feel better for doing something fun and having a decadent treat to savor once you’re done!
If you like this recipe for soothing yourself through some PMS symptoms… you’ll LOVE this!