I have some kisses for you!

by Christina @ The Athletarian on September 17, 2012

You know who has been getting lots of kisses?  This guy:

I die.  He makes me so happy.

Anyway, I hope you are all having a happy Monday!  I am finally sharing that recipe I promised you!  You know those little Hershey’s Kisses that are so fun to eat beacause of the cute little silver wrapping they come in?  Honestly, it isn’t even the best-tasting chocolate.  They just look so dang cute that they get people excited to eat them.  Well The Eat Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook has a healthier and more delicious alternative to those kisses!  Who doesn’t want guilt-free kisses?! ;)

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE BACKPACK KISSES

YIELD: 33 kisses | PREP TIME: 20 minutes | COOK TIME: 0 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup / 120 ml old-fashioned rolled oats
  • ¼ cup / 60 ml vegan unsweetened protein powder, as natural as possible
  • 2 Tbsp / 30 ml hulled hemp seeds
  • 2 Tbsp / 30 ml flaxseed, cracked
  • ¼ cup / 60 ml unsweetened dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup / 60 ml vegan semisweet natural chocolate chips
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup / 240 ml all-natural peanut butter, sugar and salt free
  • 2 Tbsp / 30 ml pure honey or other approved sweetener

Preparation

In a large bowl, mix together oats, protein powder, hemp seeds, flaxseed, dried cranberries, chocolate chips and sea salt. Add peanut butter and syrup or honey and mix together. Using your hands, knead mixture together thoroughly. Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto a baking sheet, or use a mini ice-cream scoop. Using your hands, roll into balls. Wrap kisses in squares of aluminum foil, twisting tops to seal, or store them unwrapped in an airtight container.

Nutritional value per kiss: Calories: 75 | Calories from Fat: 45 | Total Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fat: 1 g | Total Carbs: 6 g | Fibre: 1 g | Protein: 3 g | Sodium: 38 mg | Cholesterol: 0 mg

Now I am sure you can make modifications as you please.  Don’t have vegan protein powder?  Use an unflavoured whey!  Just make sure it is as natural and unflavoured as possible because there are so many other fun things going on in these kisses and you don’t want to mess with them!  You can even use different nut butters.  I bet cashew butter would be amazing!

These are so easy and awesome to cure that sweet craving without falling off the Strike Sugar wagon!

Do you have a go-to sweet (but healthy) treat?

Do you prefer milk, dark, or white chocolate?

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Heather September 17, 2012 at 9:25 pm

YUM, these are on the list to make – no time tonight so I will just get a spoon for the nat peanut butter, ha. BTW, loving the new face of your blog – lovely! I love all chocolates, no biases here :)

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2 Christina @ The Athletarian September 17, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Haha sometimes PB is the way to go!!! So easy and delicious! Thanks for the comment about my blog redesign. I love it too! I’m loving all your new jewelry designs. If only I had a never-ending money tree!

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3 Michael September 17, 2012 at 9:26 pm

OK, that pic is just adorable!! And those cookies look amazing and healthy…perfect!

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4 Christina @ The Athletarian September 17, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Thanks Michael! Princeton makes any picture perfect! :)

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5 Meg September 17, 2012 at 9:53 pm

DARK DARK chocolate ;) Mmmmmmm!

And omg. I die whenever I see Princeton, too, love

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6 Christina @ The Athletarian September 17, 2012 at 10:04 pm

I know. He’s so cute!! I hope you get to meet him soon!!

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7 Danielle @WorkItWearItEatIt September 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Puppies and chocolate, two fave things of all time.

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8 Christina @ The Athletarian September 17, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Tell me about it!! I could live in a house with just my puppy and some chocolate!

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9 Elle September 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Princeton is so darned cute… bet he likes kissing you too!

I think these pb kisses look great. Nice ingredient list. Think I will be trying them! Thanks for sharing.

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10 Christina @ The Athletarian September 18, 2012 at 4:28 am

He does love kissing me, especially when I come home from work!! :)

Let me know if you try out the kisses! Luckily they are gluten-free!!

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11 Corinne September 17, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I agree, Hershley’s kisses are really over-rated! Love the look of this recipe, though I probably would change up the protein powder for something else like almond meal. Which chocolate chips do you use?

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12 Christina @ The Athletarian September 18, 2012 at 4:30 am

Hi Corinne! I have made them with both sugar-free and vegan chocolate chips but I am sure you can use any kind! Cacao nibs would work too!

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13 @pluvk September 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I would shower him with kisses, too! What a cutie. :-) By the way, how do you not pop at least five, six, seven of those kisses? I don’t think anyone would even get to SMELL them if I was near!

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14 Christina @ The Athletarian September 18, 2012 at 4:32 am

Hey girl! Where have you been?? Hahahah you’ve got to exercise extreme self control around these kisses! Eat one and then pop the rest in the freezer!

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15 Krysten Siba Bishop (@darwinianfail) September 18, 2012 at 9:38 am

YUMMY! I am going to have to try those!
And I love that little face! PUPPY LOVE TO THE EXTREME!

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16 Christina @ The Athletarian September 18, 2012 at 10:18 am

Isn’t he amazing?! After all of this marathon craziness is over we NEED to get together for a puppy date!!

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17 Tiff (@LoveSweatBeers) September 18, 2012 at 10:52 am

Those sound pretty amazing. I’d love to make them, but I think it’d be hard to cut myself off. Get in mah bellay!!!

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18 Christina @ The Athletarian September 18, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Eat one and put the rest in the freezer REALLY fast!!

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19 Ed September 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Hehehe what a cutie (I am talking about the puppy, no offense to you christina, if I wasn’t such a happily married man and single I am sure I would say the same thing ;) )

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20 Lisa September 18, 2012 at 1:10 pm

I’d love kisses from your puppy, so adorable! I’m actually baking some breakfast cookies for my picky 1st grader for quick breakfast or to pack in his lunch.I’ll try your recipe too and I bet he’ll love them and let your know. Cute packaging too! :)

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21 Connie September 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm

This is such a cute idea!!! I think I’ll make them for Halloween and give them to my friends and family…not so much to kids who knock on my door..their parents might be a little sketched out by what I’m giving them! Hahaha

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22 Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife September 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm

those little balls look so cute! and how adorable you made them into kisses! your dog is so friggen cute! my dogs are definitely my life too! (:

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23 Jen September 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait to try them!!

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24 Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes September 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Such a cute puppy, adorable!

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25 Sherry September 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm

100% dark chocolate w/ a little added (heatlhy) sweetener, e.g., coconut palm sugar. For the sweet tooth I make chocolate almond bark. mircowave ghirardelli 100% cacao bar, add sweetener, almonds. spread flat on wax paper cookie sheet. let harden in frig. break into little pieces. One piece = satisfied sweet tooth!

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26 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate September 18, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Ok I love the new blog layout. When did this change?

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