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No Bake Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies {raw} + The secret to smooth dough balls

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Happy long weekend everyone!

We’re off to the island this weekend for some camping, atv’ing and boating! I am so excited – I haven’t been ‘real’ camping for a while, and I’m really excited to go with some friends of ours who we haven’t seen for a while. They live on the island, we live on the mainland, so we only get together every now and then. And, they’ve made the trip over here the last couple times so I figure it was our time to take the ferry across. I also haven’t been on a ferry for a long time, after living on the island for school one semester I had my fair share of ferries. However, BC has a beautiful coastline and the ferry ride is gorgeous. I’m hoping the clouds part and we have a sunny, smooth sailing.

Camping was always our summer family vacation. We weren’t the cross country, road trip family. The first time I went on a plane with my mom, dad and brother for a family vacation, I was almost 16 years old. We went to San Francisco and then cruised home on a 3 day cruise back to Vancouver. So, when I grew up every summer I looked forward to our family camping trip.

Without fail we went to Cultas Lake with my dad’s cousin, his wife and their kids (my cousins.) Every year it was a crazy fun family adventure, and every year we got rained out. Like, every year. We never left, however, we just had to put up with the pools of water inside the tents and the makeshift tarp rain cover, giving us a good reason to laugh about it. Although my parents might have had less than perfect camping experience, as kids, we absolutely loved it. There are so many stories we tell over and over from those camping trips. One year my dad and uncle dropped off the wives and kids a week before the ‘men’ could come, and it rained the entire time. Mom never told dad, but we went into town and ate every. single. night. because it was such horrible weather. When my dad and uncle joined us after, they said “let’s go into town for dinner,” thinking that we had a rough week in the rain and it would be a nice treat. Little did they know we had actually already been into town, at the same restaurant just the night before.

It’s nice to be able to reminisce about them now, and I’m thankful that we had those experiences with my dad while he was here. Family holiday’s don’t have to be glamourous, and I think camping is the perfect family vacation to get away from all our technology and unplug, and reconnect with each other.

However, now, camping is simply an excuse to get a tan, hang out with friends, go boating, and have a good time. When we have our own little family, I look forward to planning family camping trips, come rain or shine.

I have done a TON of pre-baking, cooking and packing before we leave. I think it’s the teacher in me – I have to be organized. Adam thinks we have too much food, but I say it’s better to have too much than too little. Plus, we can always bring non-perishable stuff back with us. I’ve pre cut, pre-washed and prepped all of our veggies and fruit to make it easier once we’re there.

Also, I can’t believe how much we’ve packed for the two of us. Every time we go on vacation I ask Adam “how the heck did our parents do it, with kids!?” I feel that the car is packed full for just us, and can’t imagine doing it with a full family! I laugh now, because my dad would always load our full sized BBQ into the back of our van to take camping. It was huge, and heavy! I have no idea how we packed so much stuff each year with coolers full of food (let alone, thinking about what to cook and make sure it doesn’t go bad), the tent stuff, bikes, and clothes for everyone. I guess I’ll learn how to some day!

So far I’ve prepped/made:

  • Chicken, sliced, marinated and frozen for Fajitas (thaw during the day for dinner + keeps cooler colder)
  • Peppers and onions sliced, for fajitas
  • Guacamole, for fajitas and chips
  • Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free banana berry protein breakfast muffins
  • Hard boiled eggs for lunch or a quick breakfast if we go out boating/fishing early
  • Steaks, marinated for dinner
  • Marinated Quinoa Salad for lunches/dinner made + stored in large ziploc
  • Kale and grated carrots and red onion, and nuts + dressing to make marinated kale salad 
  • Homemade trail mix for the car
  • Dark chocolate and cranberry sugar free oatmeal breakfast/snack cookies sort of like my cowboy cookies
  • Caramelized onions, pre-cooked to reheat for Smokies
  • Washed and cut strawberries
  • Washed blueberries
  • Washed apples
  • 2 jars of sliced carrots and celery with water to keep them crisp

Phew! I was up until 10 last night prepping. And so far we have made 3 trips to Wal Mart to get things we forget. Needless to say, Adam and I are both excited to go camping! And, we are now fully stocked for any future camping/picnic adventure.

I also made these no-bake peanut butter cookies. They’re sort of like the protein pods I make, but without the protein (though I also added it to a second batch.) They’re delicious, and a quick healthy cookie on the go if you’re craving something sweet.

no bake raw peanut butter cookies //

no bake raw peanut butter cookies //

**** And – I’ve discovered a secret to making smooth, round cookie dough balls! You need to puree the dates FIRST, and then add the oats etc. For my protein pods I always throw in the dates after I grind the oats/almonds, but If you puree the dates separately, and then add the oats after it will give you super smooth, super chewy smooth cookie dough!! ****

no bake raw peanut butter cookies //

No Bake Raw Peanut Butter Cookies + the secret to smooth dough balls ;)


  • 10 Medjool Dates
  • 1/4 cup all natural peanut butter
  • 1 cup rolled oats, not quick oats
  • 1/2 – 1 cup almonds
  • 1-2 Tbs. Water


First, in processor grind oatmeal and almonds until form a powder. Transfer to separate bowl and set aside.

Next, add dates and water in small dish and microwave for 30 seconds. This makes the dates softer, and the water helps when pureeing to make a paste. Add to food processor and process about 1 minute, scraping down sides when needed. If it’s still thick, add a little more water, you want it a paste, but not ‘watery.’

Then, add your oat/almond mixture back to the food processor, along with 1/4 cup of all natural peanut butter. If you want to make these with protein, add your protein powder now too. Process for another minute or two, scraping down sides when needed.

When dough starts to form, remove and roll into 1” balls. Use a fork to mark the tops like regular peanut butter cookies. Store in container in the fridge.

They taste even better after they’ve been in the fridge, like most baked goods.

Have a great long weekend, Canada!

Valentine’s Day Sweets

Valentine’s Day is only a week away. February 14th is a day when we can indulge in over-sized novelty heart shaped boxes full of chocolate without guilt, and everything seems to be turned into red-velvet. I myself am not a fan of red velvet cake, and have never made one. Chocolate, however, I understand.

Over the years I have made several Valentine’s Day desserts. Whether your single, in a relationship, or just want to share some love with your girlfriends (check out this Valentine’s Day in Girly Soiree by The Glitter Guide). These February 14th treats are perfect for satisfying your holiday-induced sweet tooth. I am making something for this year, but will share that recipe next week. For now, these recipes are sure to please.

These cupcakes have always gotten a lot of attention around Valentine’s Day. Decadent Devil’s Food Cake with smooth buttercream topped with fondant hearts // Recipe Here

Chocolate Cupakes with Whipped Vanilla Buttercream. ‘Send’ Some love today with these little stationery inspired cupcakes // Recipe Here

A smaller, bite-sized version of the larger cupcakes. Like a small bunch of carnations, these are great for bringing to the office, lunchroom or school // Recipe here

A secret ingredient makes these Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies perfect for dunking. Even better the next day. Wrap them up in a pretty cellophane bag, or treat box for sharing // Recipe Here

Looking for something truly decadent? Try these rich, silky smooth, sinful Dark Chocolate Cupcakes. The frosting is run-through-your-teeth smooth. Top with Valentine’s sprinkles or fondant hearts // Recipe Here

Creamy and indulgent, this Coffee Ice Cream is a dreamy apres-dinner dessert to cool the senses. Add some hot espresso and make an Affogato for a more sophisticated dessert // Recipe Here

Fill a heart shaped tin with these rich individually wrapped Chocolate Honey Truffles for someone special. Make ahead and keep in the fridge for easy distribution // Recipe Here

A Valentine’s Day staple. A truly simple no bake dessert that is the epitome of love. Chocolate enrobed strawberries, dipped and drizzled in chocolate, nuts and coconut. Best served the same day. Make in the morning, enjoy at night // Recipe Here & Step by Step Instructions Here

Try a recipe and share some love&chocolate with a loved one for Valentine’s Day this year.


Salted Caramel {Cocoa} Cookies



I’m definitely missing Mexico. The hot weather ( it was -3 here in Vancouver yesterday ) the delicious food ( back to yogurt and oatmeal for breakfast ) and the beach hammocks. Yup I could go for another vacation right about now…

I didn’t back too much before we left, having to get into a bathing suit and all. But now that we’re back I wanted to use my new camera and bake something delicious. That, and Adam asked for cookies about the minute we got home. I had been thinking about this recipe for quite a while now but had not tested it out yet.


I had received these packets of Starbucks Hot Cocoa a week or so before we left. Now, their not just any cocoa mix, their Salted Caramel hot cocoa. I’m not a coffee drinker at all, so I hardly frequent Starbucks. I also don’t drink a lot of hot chocolate either. I’ll drink tea on occasion but I’m most likely to pour myself a giant glass of ice water or perhaps juice. Hot drinks just aren’t my thing. I think I just can’t justify all the calories in those super-sweet coffee drinks or even drinking a glass of hot chocolate. I am however partial to their summer cold tea drinks, like their Black Tea Lemonade. Mmm… Now I’m definitely wishing for summer!

Now for the cookies. I usually go for the regular chocolate chip cookie, but I was for some reason craving the double-chocolate cookie taste of cocoa cookies. I figured I could just substitute the cocoa for a package or two of the Starbucks hot chocolate mix. Now, I used two packages but topped it off with regular cocoa to make the 3/4 cup.

These cookies are chewy, chocolate-y and addicting. I may or may not have eaten about 10 yesterday for breakfast and lunch. But I had salmon for dinner, so it equals it out. Right? I think so. Thankfully I was able to give some to our friends on the first floor. Who knows how many I’ll have eaten by tonight. The funny thing is I was craving a tall glass of cold milk with these, and I have not had milk for two months now. I found out I have a slight allergy when I was younger and I’ve recently decided to stay away from it seeing as how it makes me feel sick. Which means no cereal. Now for those who don’t know me well, cereal was my life. I would have a bowl for breakfast, and often a bowl for lunch most every day. I could eat a box of special K in a week, maybe even shorter. So to give up cereal was hard. I haven’t switch to any almond milk or soy, just because I don’t like the taste and I’m finding it’s not so bad to not drink milk. I’ve had oatmeal for breakfast, made with hot water, and get calcium from cheese and other foods. So the glass of milk was merely a prop. But how I craved it, and I’m certain it would be a perfect pair to these double-chocolate cookies.

They aren’t overly sweet by any means, just the perfect amount. I think I got about 2-3 dozen out of the recipe. I also got to use some of my 100% pure vanilla extract that I brought back from Mexico. I bought two large bottles!


Salted Caramel {Cocoa} Cookies


  • 1 1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour {you can use AP if you like}
  • 2 packages Starbucks Salted Caramel Cocoa { + regular Cocoa to equal 3/4 cup total }
  • 1 cup chocolate chunks {or chocolate chips}
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs + vanilla
  3. In separate bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa/cocoa packages and baking soda; gradually mix into the creamed butter mixture in stand mixture with paddle attachment.
  4. Pour in chocolate chunks and mix until incorporated.
  5. Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet/greased cookie pan. { use less dough for thinner cookies, and more for thicker cookies }
  6. Bake 9-11 minutes.
  7. Let set and cool on cookie sheet, then remove from sheet onto wire rack to cool completely. { I usually have two cookies sheets going so one can cool while I place another in the oven }

Cookies will keep in storage for a few days { That is, if they last that long! }

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