How To Squash A Chocolate Craving in 80 Calories

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We took advantage of the gorgeous weather last night and did some more deck work and gardening.

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I like to leave Eric some words of encouragement on the scrap wood. ;)

My plants seem to be adjusting well to the transplant!

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Some of the plants look like they have already grown an inch! The bell peppers seem to be sprouting up especially fast. I water them in the morning around 7am.

Sometimes there is singing involved.

Sometimes there is story telling involved. The spinach and kale already know their destiny (green monsters and kale chips).

I put 3 foot high chicken wire around both beds to hopefully keep out the bunnies, deer, etc. I can unhook it and open it up when I need to.

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Hopefully it helps…(but I think if an animal really wanted to get in there, it could!)

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Tonight, I’m going to buy some larger pots (mine are too small) and a trellis or two and get that all set up.

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When I came in last night, I was craving chocolate like mad.

I’m definitely the ‘typical female’ who gets intense chocolate cravings from time to time and nothing else can satisfy me until I have my fix. Normally, I just eat chocolate chips straight out of the bag (and end up eating way too many!), but last night I wanted to come up with a healthier fix for my chocolate cravings.

I instantly thought of my Frosty No Bake Glo Cakes that I enjoyed so much last summer. I figured that I could take this recipe and make it into a chocolaty version!

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In just 5 minutes of prep work, I had these intensely chocolaty cookies in the freezer just waiting to be enjoyed!

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They are super creamy, chocolaty, slightly sweet, chewy, pillowy (thanks to the banana) and a bit doughy. And the ingredient list and nutritional profile is quite impressive too.

Even when in the freezer overnight, they don’t firm up solid- they remain chewy, which means you can enjoy them anytime for a quick chocolate fix.

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Frosty No-Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Adapted from Frosty No Bake Glo Cakes.

Print this recipe!

Yield: 7 small cookies.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy chocolate chips
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp buckwheat groats (optional)
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • Sweetener, if preferred

Directions:

1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips for about 60 seconds being careful not to burn. Remove from microwave and stir so the rest of the chips melt.

2. Roughly chop the banana and mash it into the melted chips with a fork.

3. Stir in the rest of the ingredients into the chocolate & banana and stir very well until all oats are coated with chocolate.

4. Line a plate with parchment and drop about 7 cookies onto it. Alternatively, you can use muffin liners. Freeze for about 1 hour or until firm. Cookies will firm up, but they won’t become solid and will remain chewy. Leave in the freezer for a quick chocolate fix any time of the day! Makes 7 small cookies at 80 calories each.

 

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Nutritional Info (per cookie, makes 7):

  • 80 kcals
  • 3 grams fat (1 gram sat)
  • 10 grams carbs
  • 2 grams fibre
  • 5 grams sugar
  • 2 grams protein

Not bad, right? :) The best part is that the cookies don’t taste like a ‘typical healthy cookie’ at all. These really did satisfy my chocolate cravings!

When I made the first batch, I made 4 cookies in muffin liners like I did with my glo cakes…

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I prefer them as smaller cookies though because I get to eat more! For the second batch, I simply dropped 7 cookies onto a parchment paper lined plate and popped them in the freezer until firm.

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Oh, and I may have crumbled one on top of a bowl of Kamut Puffs this morning… Just throwing that out there. ;)

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Alayna @ Thyme Bombe May 25, 2011

Yay! I have everything I need to make these. I am a sucker for no-bake recipes, they’re ready to eat faster!

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Lisa Fine May 25, 2011

Why don’t I have any chocolate chips in the house? These look like a great snack to have on hand. Maybe I’ll try to substitute the chips with some nut butter…not sure that it’ll work, but a chocolate-peanut butter-banana cookie would be good too.

Thanks! Enjoy your day. (And I love how every “possibly related post” is a deliciously chocolate recipe.) :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 25, 2011

Check out the original recipe I linked to- it sounds like you might have the ingredients for those! :)

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Christine (Merf) May 25, 2011

The chicken wire will do a good job on the bunnies, but not the deer. The deer will just lean their little heads over and push the chicken wire down. We have deer that like to gobble my garden up. In the past I’ve used deer repellent but I’m trying to stop using chemicals in my garden. So, I don’t know what to do now.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 25, 2011

haha yea I was thinking that! Thankfully we dont have a lot of deer, but just the odd one from time to time. :)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 25, 2011

These look like little fudge bites! I’ve been looking for a treat to share with friends this weekend – can’t wait to try them.

I can’t get over how gorgeous your garden is. You must be so excited for it to being producing. :)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 25, 2011

I can see these being very, VERY dangerous. You totally had me at “they remain chewy”…. and now I’m dreaming of chocolate. :) Have a great day Ange!

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kate May 25, 2011

you are genius I might have to make these good thing I have everything on hand!

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jenna May 25, 2011

yummy!! i made some similar a few months back but used pb and honey…yours sound less sugar-y!! :) can’t wait to whip up a batch!

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Kelly May 25, 2011

I’m already thinking about adding peanut butter to these! I love knowing that there’s some kind of treat waiting in the freezer, too.

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WIERDGREENMAN May 25, 2011

They look INSANE. I make similar cookies but with molasses.

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Andrea (Run. Learn. Repeat.) May 25, 2011

Those look so good! I am making those this week for sure! I eat chocolate chips right out of the bag too. I have a Costco size bag in my freezer. Ha ha.

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Julie @ Shining From Within May 25, 2011

OMG. You posted this recipe just in time. I have been having the most INTENSE chocolate cravings ever.. perfect timing. :) My chocolate monster will be happy. Yummmmmm

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Apron Appeal May 25, 2011

Ha ha, Just what I need…something to squash my coco cravings fast! I’m better if it takes time because then I’ll actually think about NOT eating it and just doing something else instead. But I guess if you’ve got to have it…:)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 25, 2011

heh they do take 45 mins to firm up ;)

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Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com May 25, 2011

Love these! They sound like little chocolate pillows in heaven! Very healthy too!

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Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) May 25, 2011

THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I EAT!!

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Emily May 25, 2011

Yum!! I am definitely a chocolate craver too and am totally on the same page as you with the chocolate chips from the bag! Usually a small handful is satisfying for me but the healthy stats on these babies along with the fact that I have all those ingredients on hand makes me think I will be trying this recipe! :)

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Richelle May 25, 2011

I miss having a garden. Those chocolate cookies would definitely squash my chocolate cravings!

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Johanna May 25, 2011

I’m not a big fan of oats in my cookies — do you think this would work if you ground up the oats first? Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) May 25, 2011

yup! I do think it would work.

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Elizabeth@The Sweet Life May 25, 2011

Those are gorgeous, as is your beautiful carden!

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Faith @ lovelyascharged May 25, 2011

Looks absolutely perfect – sweet but not filled with ridiculous amounts of sugar!

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VeggieGirl May 25, 2011

Oh my… can you sell those in the Glo Bakery? :D

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Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers May 25, 2011

Very awesome! Thank you! I love that it only makes seven; that’s one for every day of PMS week. :)

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Picky Nicky May 25, 2011

Those sound so perfect for summer! I always crave anything coffee and chocolate like a madwoman :D <3

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Charlotte @ Weekends So Sweet May 25, 2011

Yum! I love how the title of this post made it so I HAD to read it. Can’t wait to try these out!

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Kelly May 25, 2011

I made the sour cream and onion kale chip recipe you posted the other day.. it was AWESOME. Even my boyfriend who, when I told him I was making kale chips said they sounded disgusting, loved them. I think he ate more than I did, thanks for the link! These look good too… looks like I know what I’m making next.

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Holly @ The Runny Egg May 25, 2011

Those look really good and super simple to make.

My dad is coming over this weekend to help me with some planting. I’m excited to get started!

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Heather (heathers dish) May 25, 2011

I’m making these tonight! They sound and look insanely chocolatey…perfect for dessert!

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Kelly @foodiefresh May 25, 2011

Wow, those look so good! I wonder if I could make them individually or two at a time to keep from eating them all.

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Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 25, 2011

I have a recipe that’s similar…except I skip the banana and use PB :)

Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter & Oat Snack Bars.
That’s the title on my site in case anyone reading is curious. I won’t link drop on ya :)

These look great, Angela!

And I am such a fan of nobake, fast, easy snacks…as you know, the avg person (me included) loves to look at pretty, long, complicated recipes but the reality is, it’s often the easy and quick stuff that actually gets made in one’s own kitchen. Like these…yummmm!

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Shanna, Like Banana May 25, 2011

Mmm, yum. My hubby and I love no-bake cookies, but they only seem to show up around Christmas time!

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tea-bag May 25, 2011

oh these look great! i might leave out the chocolate chips & add in choc protein powder. thank you!

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Tessa @ Amazing Asset May 25, 2011

Yes! I have all the necessary ingredients, except the buckwheat groats which you said is optional :) Off to make them!

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Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland May 25, 2011

Oh. Em. Gee. These are happening in my kitchen tonight. Hopefully I can control myself for the one hour they need to freeze. haha.

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Jillian May 25, 2011

Genious! I love any quick healthy cookie recipe!

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Jillian May 25, 2011

Genious! I love any quick healthy cookie recipe!

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 25, 2011

These look wonderful, what a perfect snack!

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Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather May 25, 2011

Those look just like my no bake cookies! Yum, I totally want to keep a stash of those in my freezer!

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my little celebration May 25, 2011

Yum! Those look soooo good! I love no bakes and this looks like a much healthier version.

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Amy May 25, 2011

Yummy! I make something similar, but use nut butter and cocoa powder. These are my daughters favorite cookies!

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Mareah May 25, 2011

Looks delicious! I know all about chocolate cravings — it is so true that sometimes nothing else can make you feel satisfied! Thanks for sharing!

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janet May 25, 2011

Something must be in the air, because I had chocolate cravings yesterday too!

I love how you are keeping the bunnies at bay with the mesh. I should do that too. I hope raccoons don’t like kale as much as me!!

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