Cinnamon Chickpea Bites (AKA The Babe’s new favorite snack)

Cinnamon Chickpea Bites (AKA The Babe’s new favorite snack)

Spice things up this fall with these sinfully good cinnamon chickpea bites. Toddlers love them. Adults love them. And no one is the wiser that these bad boys are actually good for you.

Cinnamon Chickpea Bites | gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free

The Babe is still obsessed with chickpea bites. And I’m still looking for ways to switch them up so she’s not eating the same thing every single day for the rest of her life. So far, we’ve done chocolate chip chickpea bites and peanut butter chocolate chickpea bites.

And while would have been satisfied having either of those two options for the rest of my life, I felt like I owe it to The Babe to try something new.

Which is how we happened upon these cinnamon chickpea bites.

Cinnamon Chickpea Bites | gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free

Back in the day, the mere thought of cinnamon would have sent me into panic mode. I loved it. But, sadly, it did not love me. And was the source of many-a-migraines.

Which is a damn shame because I used to pound Cinnamon Toast Crunch, sprinkle cinnamon sugar all over my french toast, and eat copious amounts of my mom’s cinnamon applesauce. So believe me when I say having to cut it out of my diet was a hard thing to do.

Thankfully, cinnamon and I are back on speaking terms. Which is great, because I’m pretty sure I’ve put cinnamon into every single thing I’ve made for the last month. I’ve gone through two jars of ground cinnamon and have liberally added it to breads, baked goods, and … bites.

Cinnamon Chickpea Bites | gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free

Word to the wise: if you’re not feeding these in mass quantities to little people, feel free to roll them in a little cinnamon sugar for some next level snacking. It takes these cinnamon chickpea bites from regular old snack to dessert-like truffle in seconds flat.

It also makes them even more addictive than they already are.

So use caution.

And the cinnamon sugar.

Cinnamon Chickpea Bites | gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free

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Cinnamon Chickpea Bites

Spice things up this fall with these sinfully good cinnamon chickpea bites. Toddlers love them. Adults love them. And no one is the wiser that these bad boys are actually good for you.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 36

Ingredients

  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas
  • 1 cup peanut butter or other nut butter of choice
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup almond meal

Optional:

  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 2 tbs coconut sugar or granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
  2. Place ingredients into a blender and pulse until dough forms. Should be firm but not overly dry.
  3. Scoop up 1 tbs of mixture and roll into a ball. (You can always take more or less depending on how big or small you want your bites to be.)
  4. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and repeat the process until the mixture is gone. (If mixture is a bit sticky, place a drop or two or water on your hands and get them damp. Too wet, and the mixture will turn to slime.)
  5. If using, combine cinnamon and sugar in a small bowl and stir to combine. Take balls one at a time and roll around in sugar until coated. Return to the baking sheet.
  6. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes before transferring to a tupperware or large container for storage.
  7. Will keep for 1-2 weeks (IF they last that long).

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free, egg free, soy free.

Cinnamon Chickpea Bites | gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Bites (Yes, I know how that sounds.)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Bites (Yes, I know how that sounds.)

Chocolate, peanut butter, and chickpeas (what?!?!) come together in this deliciously healthy toddler-friendly treat. Even the pickiest of eaters will agree, these chocolate peanut butter chickpea bites are the bomb diggity.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Bites | emilylevenson.com

We are BIG fans of chickpea bites in this house. It’s something The Babe asks for on an hourly basis. And if we don’t have any, she immediately wants to grab the step ladder and an apron so that she can help me make them.

There’s only one problem.

The Babe thinks it’s totally acceptable to eat all of the chocolate chips out of the chocolate chip chickpea bites without actually eating the chickpea bite.

Being the smart mama that I am, I decided to give her what she wants (chocolate) while still getting her to eat the whole thing (which I know she likes). So I made the whole thing chocolate by adding in cocoa powder, giving her a very good reason to eat the whole damn thing.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Bites | emilylevenson.com

I’m happy to report that The Babe eats 5 or 6 at a time without flinching or taking half bites and dropping them back into the container. Which is a freakin’ miracle when it comes to eating with a toddler.

Here’s the thing. Even grown-up’s like these.

They will scrunch their noses at the mere mention of chickpeas in a dessert. They will even give you a stink face for even suggesting that they are good. And then? They will take a bite to appease you because they don’t want to appear … rude.

And that’s when the magic happens.

They smile.

And admit that they are “actually really good.”

Because, seriously, anything that has chocolate and peanut butter as the main ingredients is going to be good. Period. (Unless it has cheese in it, and then we can simply agree to disagree.)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Bites | Gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Bites

Chocolate, peanut butter, and chickpeas (!!) come together in this deliciously healthy toddler-friendly treat.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 -36
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups rolled oats ground into flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbs water if needed

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
  2. Place chickpeas, peanut butter, and maple syrup into a blender and pulse until smooth.
  3. Add in oat flour, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract and blend until the mixture forms a ball. If the mixture is a bit thick, add in water 1tbs at a time until dough is firm but not overly dry.
  4. Scoop up 1 tbs of mixture and roll into a ball. (You can always take more or less depending on how big or small you want your bites to be.)
  5. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and repeat the process until the mixture is gone. (If mixture is a bit sticky, place a drop or two or water on your hands and get them damp. Too wet, and the mixture will turn to slime.)
  6. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes before transferring to a tupperware or large container for storage.

Allergen Information

Nightshade free, dairy free, gluten free, wheat free, corn free, soy free, and egg free.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chickpea Bites | emilylevenson.com

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bites

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bites

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bites | Dairy Free, Nightshade Free, Gluten Free

I’m officially on the energy bite bandwagon and have these chocolate chip chickpea bites to thank for that. I’ve been having a hard time figuring out what I can eat for a quick dairy free, gluten free, and nightshade free snack that isn’t just piling more fruit and vegetables in my mouth.

At first glance, that probably doesn’t sound like such a big deal. But the truth is, when you’re full on HANGRY and needsomethingimmediatelyoryouwilldie, it’s borderline impossible.

And that’t pretty much how I’ve been feeling all day every day.

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bites | Dairy Free, Nightshade Free, Gluten Free

I’ve tried my hand at a few of these newfangled energy bite recipes in the past but have never been 100% sold on the results. They either have a weird aftertaste, call for random ingredients that I don’t keep in the house, or sound gross. Except for the chocolate avocado truffle because OMG were they good. And also decadent. And so not a snack because they were dessert.

But I promptly forgot about them because I got a Ninja Blender* and who the hell needs energy bites when you can have a smoothie?!

Turns out, you can have both.

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bites | Dairy Free, Nightshade Free, Gluten Free

And in case you’re wondering about how these chocolate chip chickpea bites go over with the under 3 crowd, the answer is … amazingly well. The Babe is a big fan and couldn’t wait to get her paws in the bowl to scoop out a little taste (or ten).

Turns out the kid likes chickpeas … when they are masked as dessert.

Which is just fine with me, as I happen to also like chickpeas when they are masked as dessert. Same with The Husband. The SIL. And all of our friends.

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bites | Dairy Free, Nightshade Free, Gluten Free

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bites | Dairy Free, Nightshade Free, Gluten Free
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Recipe: Chocolate Chip Chickpea Bites

A surprisingly delicious treat the whole family with love, even if they don't love chickpeas.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 48
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 cups rolled oats ground into flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips*

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or wax paper and set aside.
  2. Place chickpeas, almond butter, and honey into a blender and pulse until smooth.
  3. add in oat flour, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla extract and blend until the mixture forms a ball.
  4. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop up 1 tbs of mixture and roll into a ball. Place on parchment lined baking sheet and repeat the process until the mixture is gone. (If mixture is a bit sticky, place a drop or two or water on your hands and get them damp. Too wet, and the mixture will turn to slime.)
  6. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes before transferring to a tupperware or large container for storage.

Allergen Information

Dairy free, nightshade free, wheat free, gluten free, soy free, egg free, and corn free.
*The dairy free, soy free, wheat free, gluten free, and corn free status of this recipe hinges on your choice of chocolate chips. If you are avoiding all of those things, Enjoy Life brand chocolate chips may be the best option, as they are the top 7 allergen free. Otherwise, feel free to use the chocolate chips of your choice.

Strawberry-Peach Sorbet

Strawberry-Peach Sorbet

Strawberry Peach Sorbet

Sorbet: God’s gift to those who cannot (or chose not) to have dairy.

I have never been a huge fan of ice cream. It’s always made me somewhat sick, thanks to the dairy. So it’s never been a top priority for me. As a result, I’ve generally felt left out in the summer when everyone makes the obligatory trip to get ice cream.

Most times I just have to sit and watch everyone else indulge. Occasionally I’m lucky enough to have one or two (if I’m really lucky) flavors of sorbet to choose from. Which is great if you’re feeling like lemon sorbet.

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Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Coconut Bites

Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Coconut Bites

Pupkin Truffles (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nightshade Free, Vegan) | Emily Levenson

There is something that happens every year around September. It starts out innocently at first, with a few recipes here and there. And then turns into an all out rampage, with everyone trying to one-up the other for the best flavor combination one could dream up.

What am I talking about?

Pumpkin season, of course.

Pupkin Truffles (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nightshade Free, Vegan) | Emily Levenson

And while I’m all for pumpkin flavored things (I prefer things like Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Flax Granola), there is such a thing as taking it too far (I’m talking to you Pringles and Extra).

So when I stumbled upon this recipe for Pumpkin Truffles, I kind of knew it was going to blow up.

Turns out a lot of people were interested in the pumpkin-chocolate-y goodness.

Pupkin Truffles (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nightshade Free, Vegan) | Emily Levenson

I will admit, when I first found the recipe, I was geeked that it was dairy-free. On closer examination, it was also gluten-free, grain-free, vegan and paleo-friendly. Score!

When it came time for me to try my hand at them, I apparently didn’t read the directions too closely (I’m guess it had something to do with a screaming baby) and subbed coconut flour for the coconut butter. I also decided that it would be fun to make them into more a buckeye (chocolate peanut butter truffle) and less of a healthy snack.

So, yeah.

Pupkin Truffles (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nightshade Free, Vegan) | Emily Levenson

With all of that in mind, I’m going to rate these bad boys at an 8 out of 10.

They are delicious, don’t get me wrong. They just weren’t what I was expecting. You know?

I plan to make another attempt at the pumpkin infused truffle-like balls. And this time, I’m going to know that coconut butter is a totally different ingredient than coconut flour. Also, I probably won’t use either. I’ll probably end up using another ingredient altogether. Because I’m crazy like that.

Pupkin Truffles (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nightshade Free, Vegan) | Emily Levenson

Pupkin Truffles (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nightshade Free, Vegan) | Emily Levenson
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Chocolate Covered Pumpkin Coconut Bites

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 -18
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 3 tbs maple syrup
  • 1 tbs pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 oz dairy-free chocolate chips
  • 1 tbs spectrum vegetable shortening

Instructions

  1. Combine pumpkin puree, coconut flour, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice in a large mixing bowl and combine until all ingredients incorporated.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Spoon 1-2 tbs of mixture and form into balls (I made mine about 1" diameter) and place on parchment lined baking sheet.
  4. Transfer to refrigerator to firm up (about 5-10 minutes).
  5. While your balls are chilling (heh), prepare your chocolate: put the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl and melt the chocolate in the microwave: Heat on high for 60 seconds, and then stir well. If it’s not quite smooth, heat in two or three 10-second bursts, stirring well after each burst. (Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate, stirring frequently, in a double boiler, over just-simmering water. Avoid overheating, which can cause chocolate to seize up into a stiff mass.)
  6. Take the sheet of balls from the refrigerator; use a toothpick to dip each one most of the way into the chocolate, leaving a round or oval opening of undipped pumpkin mixture on top. Return to the wax paper, undipped side up.
  7. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.
  8. Store in the refrigerator or freezer and serve chilled.

Allergen Information

Nightshade Free, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Corn Free, Soy Free, Egg Free.
Note: Enjoy Life Brand chocolate chips are free of the top 7 food allergens, meaning they have no wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish or shellfish and are also made without casein, potato, sesame and sulfites.

Chocolate Dipped Almonds

Oh, and if you’re like me and always have leftover chocolate… grab whatever you have and dip! I love dipping almonds. I also think orange slices, bananas, and strawberries are excellent choices.