I feel like I’m cheating on Jenn this week. March’s theme for what I ate Wednesday is all about the greens and here I am giving you peanut butter chocolate chip balls. But, oh em gee are they good!
It had been about a week since my last breakfast bake which is about 6 days too long. I went with the banana cornbread version. It’s my favorite one because it’s done in 2 minutes in the microwave.
A hummus veggie wrap with extra veg that didn’t fit in the wrap on the side and a delicious avocado with olive oil, salt & pepper. I had no quick protein to throw in the wrap so I ate some cottage cheese with cinnamon on the side. I’ll be honest though, that mix was a little weird going from the veggie wrap to cottage cheese. My stomach was kinda like “what’s up with that woman?”
I haven’t had a legitimate dessert since last week and I wasn’t about to give up on “eat clean” month 6 days in so when all I could think about was cookies around 2pm this is what I came up with.
No bake peanut butter chocolate chip balls made with oats, almond flour, flax seed and coconut flakes. I’m not even exaggerating in the slightest when I say they taste like a Reese’s peanut butter cup. Best balls I’ve ever made, hands down. And, they don’t even involve the food processor. Just dump everything in a bowl, mix, refrigerate quickly and roll into balls. Done and done.
This random pasta combination was concocted while doing this workout of death at 5pm. I needed something to keep my mind off the 4 minutes of nonstop jumping lunges and mountain climbers.
Playing with filters on snapseed is my new solution to horrible dinner lighting. The app has taken awhile to grow on me but it has some pretty cool features once you figure it out.
So hiding in that bowl is whole wheat linguine, chicken sausage, sautéed shallots with roasted asparagus and tomatoes. I adore pasta so my trick to keeping portion sizes under control and not eating the entire pound myself (which I could totally do) is to load it full of veggies. Between the two of us we polished off an entire pint of cherry tomatoes and 1 whole bunch of asparagus.
I ended the night with another peanut butter ball and the finale of Downton Abbey. Season 2 had it’s moments of cheesiness but that ending couldn’t have been better. I’m surprised they actually ended it that way and didn’t leave us hanging. So now the tally is Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey that I’m anxiously awaiting the next seasons of. I don’t have the patience for this.
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
- ¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- ¼ cup peanut butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and mix together well with a spatula.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Roll into balls.
- Keep refrigerated.