Thank you to my friend, Kanani, for suggesting that someone make this healthified chocolate chip cookie dough dip for our women’s bible study group this week! At first, I was worried that people would be able to detect the beans in there, but it got the thumbs up from both adult women and a bunch of kids, who devoured it and couldn’t guess the secret ingredient. I’ve made it twice in the past week…once with graham crackers for dipping, and the second time with fresh strawberries. Both were delicious! It actually really looks like cookie dough too, so it’s a fun thing to bring to a party or get-together…or huddle over with a spoon in front of your fridge :)
You just pour your rinsed and drained white beans, brown sugar (you could also use honey or agave), peanut butter, milk, oats (or flaxseed), salt, baking soda, and vanilla into a food processor and let it go until it’s really smooth. My daughter had a lot of fun pushing the button on the food processor :) Then stir in your chocolate chips and you are ready to dig in!
So I went back to work in February, and had a bit of a rough time with the transition. I’ve still been cooking and baking and taking pictures, so I have a ton of yummy recipes to share with you all and have missed being part of the blogging community! I’m hoping to start posting at least once a week, now that I feel like I’ve got my feet under me with the job and taking care of the kids. On a positive note, I’ve really enjoyed seeing patients again…the children and families have been wonderful and I realize again and again what an honor and privilege it is to be someone’s pediatrician :)
Now I just have to get myself to bed earlier, so I’m able to get up early with a smile on my face…please tell me some of you used to be night owls, but are now morning people…I have to cling to some hope of changing my ways! I used to be able to get by on very little sleep, but nowadays if I don’t get 8-9 hours of sleep at night (with waking up 2-3 times to feed my little boy)…then I am cranky and impatient the next day, which is not good for the kids or my poor husband! I think I owe them some more cookie dough dip :)
1 can chickpeas or white beans, drained and rinsed
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup skim milk
2/3 cup brown sugar
3 T oats
2/3 cup chocolate chips
Place all the ingredients, except chocolate chips, in a food processor and process until the mixture is very smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips. Serve with fruit or graham crackers for dipping!
Are you a night owl or a morning person? How many hours of sleep do you need?
Any suggestions on how to make getting up early easier?
I’ve been trying to go to bed earlier (before 10), but not always successful! And I don’t drink caffeine anymore, so it’s a bit hard not to have a pick me up in the morning. Would love any of your suggestions!!