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.

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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.
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Zucchini Banana Bread (Gluten Free, Nightshade Free, Dairy Free)

Zucchini Banana Bread (Gluten Free, Nightshade Free, Dairy Free)

Sometimes you just get a hankering for zucchini banana bread. And sometimes, you just have to eat an entire loaf of (gluten free, dairy free, and nightshade free) zucchini banana bread all by yourself. In one sitting. Because it’s that good. 

Zucchini Bread | gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free, and delicious

Sometimes you just get a hankering for zucchini bread.

Sometimes, it comes right after being gifted 5 of the most massive zucchinis you’ve ever seen. Sometimes, you get so excited about said zucchini’s that you make a boatload of zucchini fritters and have to run out to the store and buy 5 more just so that you can make this zucchini banana bread.

And sometimes, you just have to eat an entire loaf of (gluten free, dairy free, and nightshade free) zucchini bread all by yourself. In one sitting. Because it’s that good.

Zucchini Bread | gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free, and delicious

And you won’t even find me feeling a little bit guilty about that choice.

I mean, this zucchini bread is practically all vegetables. And by practically, I mean it HAS vegetables in it. And fruit. And is therefor dubbed a health food. I mean, if pizza can count as a vegetable, why the hell can’t this?!

This is seriously going to be my breakfast, lunch, and after-every-meal snack for the rest of the week. And by week I totally mean until I am forced to make another batch, which will be tomorrow. Which is a-okay in my book.

Zucchini Bread | gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free, and delicious

Zucchini Bread | gluten free, dairy free, nightshade free, and delicious
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Zucchini Banana Bread (Gluten Free, Nightshade Free, Dairy Free)

Sometimes you just get a hankering for zucchini bread. And sometimes, you just have to eat an entire loaf of (gluten free, dairy free, and nightshade free) zucchini bread all by yourself. In one sitting. Because it's that good.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 1
Author Emily Levenson | emilylevenson.com

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups gluten free all purpose flour*
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3 bananas about 1 1/2 cups, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded zucchini liquid squeezed out with hands

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Grease a 9-inch loaf pan and set aside.
  3. Measure out almond milk and add lemon juice. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until the almond milk sours.
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine mashed bananas, almond milk + lemon juice mixture, eggs, oil, and vanilla and stir until combined.
  6. Pour banana mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  7. Fold the shredded zucchini into the batter then transfer to the prepared loaf pan.
  8. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  9. Transfer the pan to a cooling rack to cool then lift the loaf out of the pan, slice and serve.

Allergen Information

Dairy free, nightshade free, gluten free, wheat free, corn free, and soy free.
*In order for this recipe to be officially nightshade free, you will need to choose a gluten free flour mix that is also free from potato starch. Here is a list of 4 gluten free flour mixes that are also nightshade free.

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.

6 Delicious Mini Muffins You Should Make Right Now.

6 Delicious Mini Muffins You Should Make Right Now.

6 Delicious Mini Muffins You Should Make Right Now

If you’ve been following me on Instagram,  you know that I’ve become obsessed with mini muffins.

They are super easy to make. Take maybe 12 minutes a batch to cook. And are the perfect snack for little toddler hands to grab and devour.

They also happen to be perfect little bite-size snacks for the grown-ups. (If you can call us that.)

1: Baked French Toast Muffins from Averie Cooks

We love french toast in our house. The Hubster is the resident french toast maker; whipping up delightful batch after delightful batch, while I tend to burn it or undercook it. But THESE baked french toast muffins take all the guess work out and make for a quick and easy breakfast when the hunger gremlins come a knockin’. Because they come a knockin’ early up in here.

2: The Best Pumpkin Muffins {Ever} from Made From Pinterest 

I’m usually not a fan of a recipe that calls itself “the best” of anything. Usually because they just get your hopes up and then crush you with mediocrity. But these muffins were pretty darn tasty. The best ever? I’m not sure. But they did get raving reviews from the entire family over Thanksgiving. I’ll call that a win.

3: Mini Muffin Pancake Bites from Cooking Classy

How freakin’ cute are these?! Also. Pancakes that are muffins? Genius. Perhaps I’ll serve them with some baked french toast muffins and have the best breakfast or brinner EVER. Oh, and I’ll probably swap out the actual pancake recipe with a dairy-free one like this or this (with Earth Balance or coconut oil instead of butter).

4: Whole Grain Honey Peach Mini Muffins from The Seasoned Mom

The fact that these were billed as “Toddler Muffins” and still look delicious is what sold me on wanting to make them. Also, I seriously love the combination of peaches and honey (ahem). So this was a no-brainer for the “Mini Muffin Must Make” list. Which, by the way, is getting longer by the minute.

5: Apple Cinnamon Sweet Potato Mini Muffins from The Comfort of Cooking

Even though I know any muffin recipe can be transformed into mini’s, sometimes it’s fun to search for recipes that are specific to the genre. Because CLEARLY THERE’S A GENRE. These are officially on the menu this week and I’m super excited about a muffin that contains apples and sweet potatoes. It’s like fall in a perfect little muffin wrapper.

6: Skinny Oatmeal Brown Sugar Muffins from Averie Cooks

Another word I hate when it comes to cooking and recipes: SKINNY. I literally can’t even.

I hate that word so much when it comes to recipes that I almost skipped over this one. Thankfully curiosity got the best of me, and I checked it out. I realized that I had everything needed to make these little love muffins and whipped up a batch. Turns out, these are amazingly delicious. The kind of muffins that you want to eat all day long. They are also the very muffins that got me started on this mini muffin kick I’m on.

What about you?

What are your favorite muffins (mini or otherwise)?