Have you ever gone to a party and seen the cutest little desserts, party favors, or decorations and just wondered how on earth the host got it all together!?
And of course, when you ask her (or him!) she usually just laughs and says “oh it was nothing!”
Well let me tell you, party hosts lie. (Either that, or they have some serious talent for cupcake making & decorating that I couldn’t even dream of having.)
I feel like at parties, you’re not only dressed to impressed… your whole house is dressed to impress. I mean, would you ever have a group of 10 or 12 people over to the way your house looks like the day before laundry day? Clothes, dishes, and various wrappers/papers everywhere (or is that just my house?). Cleaning up takes enough time, but add on actually baking and thinking of cute ideas and you’ve got yourself a 2 week project.
Whenever I have friends over, I always try to have three things going for me: food, fun, and organization. The fun is pretty easy; it’s hard to invite 10+ people over and not have fun. And organization can be pretty easy too, I just have to keep in mind that I need at least 5 hours to get my house together.
But the “food”? That’s where I struggle.
Ironic, I know. Someone with a food blog doesn’t know what to feed her guests. But honestly, after all the time I spend on cleaning the house and getting ready for the party, I usually don’t have much time to whip up anything crazy.
That’s where these Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowls save the day!
These quick little desserts are basically the best of everything. They’re not time consuming (at all! They took me like 20 minutes to make, including baking), they’re gluten free (so even your healthier guests or those with digestive issues will be able to eat them!), and they’re absolutely adorable. Plus, there are no dishes involved. Simply scoop a bit of ice cream into the bowl, and you have yourself a cute, simple dessert!
I’m actually now obsessed with these. They’re really simple to make and are the perfect portion sizes for a nice treat (or you can go all out and make a few huge ones with large muffin tins if you’re feeling daring). Plus, they don’t contain any oil, butter, sugar, or white flour. It’s all natural ingredients here! Which is hard to believe because they taste heavenly.
In fact, I wouldn’t blame you if you called off the party and ate them all yourself!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bowls
- 1 c old fashioned oats
- 1/2 c coconut flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 c stevia
- 1/4 c nut butter
- 1/4 c milk of choice (I used almond milk)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 c egg whites (or 4 eggs)
- 1/2 c chocolate chips
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine oats, coconut flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Add stevia, nut butter, milk, vanilla, and egg whites. Stir in chocolate chips and cinnamon. Lightly grease a regular muffin tin and drop 2 tbs size balls of dough into each, (or grease a large muffin tin and drop 3 tbs – 1/4 c dough into each) then press dough into the sides, creating a bowl-shape. Bake for 6-8 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove and press down sides again with the back of a spoon. Bake for another 4 minutes. Remove and let cool. Fill with ice cream, sorbet, etc. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information (from myfitnesspal.com)
(Yields 12 medium bowls or 6 large bowls)
Nutrition information calculated for medium bowls, made with regular sized cupcake tins. Nutrition information for large cookie bowls is as follows: 266 calories, 14g fat, 30g carbs, 8g protein.