On average there are maybe 2 hours in a whole week where my kitchen is totally spotless. And by spotless I mean there are dirty dishes hiding away in the dishwasher and approximately 60% of the counter space is visible. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, no?
Being that I’m in that 2-hr sweet spot as we speak, the thought of going full bore on the Christmas baking makes my jaw clench. Can I please just get one more day before the endless cook-eat-wash-repeat cycle starts again?
At the same time the holiday events are starting to populate our social calendar and the opportunities to send white clouds of dust spewing from the Kitchen Aid are becoming few and far between.
So here’s my solution for easing into the Christmas baking – a no-bake cookie that utilizes a single appliance! It’s literally a drop and roll with a few pulses of the food processor in between.
So whether you’re looking for an easy “gateway cookie” to get you primed for the season, or you need a healthy reward for getting your New Years gym resolution started early, or you’re a breastfeeding mom with low energy and little time – I’ve got you covered!
Paleo Booster Bites
- 1 c. old fashioned oats, gluten free
- 2/3 c. shredded unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 c. sunflower seed butter
- 1/2 c. soy-free chocolate chips, such as Enjoy Life or Equal Exchange
- 1 T. maple syrup
- 1 T. chia seeds
- 1 T. coconut oil
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until well combined.
- Use a melon baller, or two measuring spoons similar in size, to roll mixture into bite-sized balls.
- Store booster bites in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
This is also the perfect treat to throw in the car before you make that next road trip. When it’s cold and rainy, and you have sleeping kids and 2 dogs in the backseat, this will give you the boost you need to cruise through at 65mph.
And it’s nut-free so you can reserve a few for the kids’ lunches on Monday. Just trust me, you’ll want to leave those on lockdown in the freezer at home or they might not make it through the road trip!