Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: No-Bake Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Balls
Looking for a simple sweet treat you can feel good about indulging in this holiday season?
These no-bake treats are super-simple to make and taste a lot like peanut butter cookie dough.
But they’re hiding a secret healthy ingredient: pureed chickpeas (aka Garbanzo beans).
I must admit it sounds a little strange to make a sweet, peanut buttery cookie dough treat with chickpeas, but you really cannot taste them.
And they provide a wonderful creamy texture with minimal calories.
I was pleasantly surprised and can imagine whipping up a quick batch any time I have a peanut butter cookie craving, but don’t feel like baking cookies.
You only need about 15 minutes to get them ready, but the dough will need to chill for about an hour – so be sure to plan ahead.
The Skinny on No-Bake Peanut Buttery Cookie Dough Balls
Each individual bite only has about 32 calories, *1 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *1 Weight Watchers SmartPoint
While I love this combination with peanut butter and peanut butter chips, I think I’ll make them next time by substituting in mini chocolate chips. Then I’ll have some no-bake peanut buttery chocolate chip cookie dough balls 🙂
Watch how to make healthy no-bake peanut butter energy bites with chocolate chips:
If you like these no-bake peanut butter cookie dough balls, be sure to check out some of my other Weight Watchers friendly recipes for sweets including WW No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Squares, No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits, Easy No-Bake “Brownies”, No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies and Easy Baked S’mores Bites.
Light and creamy no-bake peanut buttery cookie dough bites are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth with minimal calories.
- 3/4 cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon low-fat cream cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter chips
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Add chickpeas, peanut butter, brown sugar, low-fat cream cheese, vanilla, salt and baking soda to you food processor and process until smooth and creamy.
Add flour along with peanut butter chips and pulse until thoroughly combined.
Refrigerate dough at least 1 hour, until well chilled.
When ready to roll cookie dough balls, sift together cocoa powder and powdered sugar in a small bowl and set aside half the mixture.
Scoop dough with a melon baller and gently roll into a firm, small ball. Roll ball in half the cocoa powder and powdered sugar mixture until evenly coated.
Continue rolling balls with remaining dough.
Chill until ready to serve.
Before serving, dust with remaining cocoa and powdered sugar mixture.
*1 Weight Watchers PointPlus
*1 Weight Watchers SmartPoint
Source: Weight Watchers Magazine Nov/Dec 2014
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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