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Healthy Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

While there is still some sugar in this recipe (maple syrup), there is a lot less sugar than normal cookie dough, cookies, or treats that taste like these! These are delicious & will fool anyone at your party! They will never know there is a “secret” ingredient!

 Chickpeas!

 

Healthy Cookie Dough Bites

Yields 20

A healthy & nutritious treat using only the best ingredients!

Prep Time10 min

Ingredients

1 can chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 Tbs vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
2 Tbs coconut oil


Instructions

 

  1. Put chickpeas, peanut butter, maple syrup, vanilla and salt in food processor, blender or vitamix. I used my vitamix. Blend well. This is a very thick mixture and takes some time to blend well.
  2. Take 1/4 cup chocolate chips and chop finely. Stir this into the mixture.
  3. Place in refrigerator for an hour or so to harden the "dough."
  4. Once chilled, form small balls with...
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Addictive Foods

What makes a food addictive?

Are there certain qualities that make you want to binge-eat some, while eat others in the recommended portions?

Why is it that you can be very content and satisfied with a yummy plate of quinoa, steamed veggies and sauteed salmon… but you can’t stop eating a bag of chips or carton of ice cream?

A lot of it has to do with the fact that these foods are highly addictive, causing reactions in the brain similar to drug users getting their next high.

Rich, fatty, sugary, palatable foods release dopamine in the brain. Dopamine interacts with neurotransmitters, such as opioids and other chemicals in the brain, to provide a sense of well-being, some “feel good” feelings.

The body creates its own opiods, including endorphins, enkephalins, dynorphins, and endomorphins. These chemicals make us feel very blissful! {remember this scene from Legally Blond?}

 

What Are Endorphins? 

Endorphins are an opiod and release the same...

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