They say pregnant women typically crave foods they don’t eat enough of in their typical diet. Before this whole pregnancy thing you’d be hard pressed to find me eating sweets. I’d rather have a sandwich than a cookie. I’m that girl who scarfs up all the mushrooms from the buffet & leaves the petite fours. Ice cream? …maybe as a special treat every few months… Baked goods? …Only when Husband made them…
Fast forward to NOW, and I’m a sweets-eating machine! Screw tomatoes (previously my all-time favorite snack) – I WANT BROWNIES, and I WANT THEM NOW!
Needless to say, I’m trying to survive this pregnancy without turning into Melissa the Stay-Puff Marshmallow Mommy, and… my weight gain has been right on track thanks in large part to some awesome recipes from my new favorite blogger, Chocolate Covered Katie!
Katie’s recipes taste delicious but are secretly made with healthy ingredients, and I thought I’d share my experience with this one… a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles.
Yeah, that’s right. Delicious. Except instead of butter, eggs, & flour, these little beauties are made out of chick peas, peanut butter, & wheat germ! Instead of 120 calories and 6 grams of fat a piece, they’re only 40 calories and 0.5 grams of fat each! (In pregnant-speak that means I can safely eat, like, 6 at a time without even beginning to feel guilty about it).
Here’s a link to the recipe, and another link to the nutritional information Katie provided:
Katie’s recipe called for either nut butter or oil, so I used half peanut-butter & half oil, which turned out to be a mistake. My “dough” was a bit too runny, and I ended up adding a bit of wheat germ to thicken it back up. Wheat germ is delicious, but it changed the consistency a little — they sort of remind me of the texture of those Girl Scout cookies with the coconut… still uber-delicious, though!
Due to my lack of pre-pregnancy sweets-making, I’ll admit my ability to cover things in chocolate leaves something to be desired… you should have seen me and my motor skills trying to dip these little guys into the crock pot full of chocolate goo! (Most people use chop sticks to cover things in chocolate, right? …right?…)