It’s a Beantastic #SundaySupper, and we are celebrating everything from your classic legumes, like black beans and kidney beans, to beans that show up in drinks and sweets, like coffee beans and vanilla beans. Yes, that’s right, it’s going to be incredi-bean from breakfast to dinner to dessert! I’m combining the two in a seriously indulgent, but secretly healthy dessert dip or fruit spread with the classic chocolate, coconut, and almond flavor combination in this Flourless Almond Joy Cookie Dough Ball.
Flourless Almond Joy Cookie Dough Ball
OK, so, we are entering the Terrible Twos in my house. Little dude hits the big 2 in about three weeks, and he has definitely reached this, a-hem, milestone. If you’ve been around a kid in this stage, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
We got inside the science museum where it was nice and warm, and I tried to take off his coat so he could go play – clearly the appropriate response is to throw himself on the floor in a fit of tears.
Last weekend he devoured a veggie and cheese omelet in the time it took me to refill his sippy cup – obviously if I try to feed him such horrible food again, the only thing to do is to spit it out and smash everything else that remains on his plate.
He has the coldest bedroom in the house, has a bit of a cold, and it’s been negative wind chills and I insist he wear the fleece footie pajamas when he wants the light cotton ones just because they have dinosaurs on them – trying to pull the drawer out of the dresser and when not successful, ripping all the pajamas out of the drawer is clearly the best approach to get his way.
He has had enough to eat – the only way to communicate this is to violently tear off his bib, and chuck it, his plate, his fork, and his placemat on the floor.
I tried to put the grey and black hat on him instead of the blue and black hat – totally necessary throw both hats on the floor, wail, and stomp around.
No, little dude, you can’t stand in the refrigerator/stick things in the electrical outlet/tear apart books/play in the pantry/play with knives – #worstmomever
Since this isn’t my first rodeo, I know to just chill and let it pass because the meltdowns are impulsive, irrational, and, luckily, short lived. Walk away, and within a minute or two it’s over. As a first time mom, you think it’s the worst thing in the world. At home, it freaks you out to see them freak out. In public, OMG, you want to just crawl into a hole and die. But when it’s your second kid, you know that three and/or four has the potential to be so much worse. At two, the triggers are so trivial that by the time you snap your fingers, they’ve forgotten what sent them over the deep end. At three and four, they know why they are mad, they can articulate why they are mad, and since they can, they do. Over and over and over. Louder and louder and louder.
I’ll take the Terrible Twos. I’ll also take this…
This Flourless Almond Joy Cookie Dough Ball is so rich and fudgy that you’ll never believe it’s actually healthy! Really! Because it’s made with chickpeas!! You see, this week’s Sunday Supper is all about beans, and while I know I should make more bean recipes, they aren’t always a huge hit in my family. Many people are trying to find ways to sneak in veggies, I try to sneak in beans. I really love using them in cookie-dough type dips, like my Monster Cookie Dough Dip. You totally get a doughy texture without any flour. And in this version, I love the classic combo of coconut, almonds and chocolate. My boys have been devouring this sweet, chocolaty goodness, and I’m totally okay with that.
And you know what – I even snuck this one by The Hubby. He wants no part of green smoothies and cringes when I tell him I put black beans into cupcakes, but when I rolled some of this mixture into little truffles for the boys to snack on, he grabbed a few and, with his mouth full, was telling me how good it was. The little dudes have been loving it spread on bananas and apples. And yes, I even packed some in their lunch boxes for school. I think I need to explain to their teachers that it’s actually good for them, and not just a decadent dessert!
Now you don’t have to get all fancy-like. You can just whip up all of the ingredients in a food processor and plop it into a bowl – if I were just making a batch for the kiddos, that’s what I’d do. But if you are having a party, shape it into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap to firm up a bit, then roll it in some coconut and make it look all cute with some slices almonds. With just the coconut, it looks kind of like a snowball, but since I am totally over winter, I had to add the almonds to dress it up for a springtime party!
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And get the rest of today’s menu featuring beans of all sorts at the bottom of this post! It’s totally Amaze-beans!
Which is worse – the Twos or the Threes?
- One 15 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ cup honey, brown rice syrup, agave or maple syrup
- ¼ cup almond butter
- ¼ c coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Optional unsweetened or sweetened shredded coconut, slivered or sliced almonds for coating, decorating
- Graham crackers, apples, bananas, etc. for dipping and spreading
- Combine the chickpeas, cocoa powder, honey or other sweetenr, almond butter, coocnut oil, and vanilla in a food processor.
- Process until a dough consistency forms, stopping to scrape down the sides, as needed.
- Gather the contents of the food processor together in a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate at least an hour, or until firm.
- Place your desired coating ingredients in a shallow pan and roll the ball in the coating, pressing firmly to adhere. Decorate with additional almonds, if desired.
- Return the dough ball to the refrigerator until ready to serve. Serve with fruit, crackers, etc., as desired.
- Alternatively, you can just transfer to a bowl as a dip, or roll the chilled "dough" into truffles.
Here are a few more of my favorite sneaky bean recipes…
- The Bug’s Ultimate Funky Monkey Cupcakes
- Spinach Parmesan White Bean Dip
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Cookie Dough Dip
And here is today’s entire Bean-tastic #SundaySupper menu…
- Avocado Hummus by Our Good Life
- Bean Ragoût and Crisped Mushrooms by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Black Bean Chili Nachos by Brunch with Joy
- Chickpea Fries (Panisse) by Curious Cuisiniere
- Five Layer Greek Hummus Dip by Food Done Light
- Pizza Roasted Chickpeas by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- White Bean and Basil Spread by Peaceful Cooking
Bean-a-rific Soups and Stews:
- Butternut Squash White Bean Soup by Magnolia Days
- Chickpea and Bean Soup by Momma’s Meals
- Classic Cassoulet by Food Lust People Love
- Navy Bean & Kale Soup by An Appealing Plan
- Navy Bean Soup by The Messy Baker
- Slow Cooker Pork and Bean Stew by Nosh My Way
- Kielbasa and White Bean Soup by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Spicy Sausage, White Bean and Spinach Soup by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Bean and Cornbread Salad by MealDiva
- Clams with Black Beans by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Gluten Free Green Bean Casserole by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Gold Rush Baked Beans by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Maple Brown Sugar Baked Beans by Carrie’s Experimental Kitchen
- Pinto Beans With Cornbread Croutons by Nik Snacks
- Whiskey Bacon Baked Beans by Sew You Think You Can Cook
Incredi-bean Main Meals:
- Arugula Tomato and Beans Flatbread by Family Foodie
- Bean and Bacon Tacos by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Beefy Lima Bean Casserole by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Colombian Red beans – Frisoles Antioquenos by Palatable Pastime
- Italian Beans and Greens by Simply Healthy Family
- Honey-Lime Black Bean and Sweet Potato Tacos by The Chunky Chef
- One Pot Tuscan Style Garlic Herb Pork Chops by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Orecchiette with White Beans and Swiss Chard by Delaware Girl Eats
- Skillet Black Beans and Pork by Cooking Chat
- Ultimate Chili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Pancake Warriors
- White Bean Ragout, Frisèe, and a Fried Egg by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Amaze-beans Sweet Endings:
- Chocolate Covered Espresso Bean Bark by Love and Confections
- Flourless Almond Joy Cookie Dough Ball by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Flourless Mocha Brownies by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Gluten-Free Black Bean Brownies by Wallflour Girl
- Gluten-Free Donuts by NinjaBaker
- Pecan Praline Black Bean Brownies by Rhubarb and Honey
- Soy Awesome Cookies 2.0 by What Smells So Good?
- Strawberry Coco-Cacao Bean Smoothie by Dandelion Greens
- Sweet Bean Pie by Shockingly Delicious
- Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee by Noshing With The Nolands