Have you ever walked into a room and experienced a seemingly "real-life" flashback?
Well, that's what happened when I walked into the grocery store last week. I haven't been to that particular store in over two years, and when I went back, I was surprised at how nothing had really changed--the aisles remained exactly where they were years ago, the same products were being sold, the employees had the same outfits, and so on. But the one thing that really shocked me, was how the bakery's cookies, cakes and cupcakes were on the same, large round table to greet you right as you walked through the front doors.
When I was a kid, I always ran to this table in utter excitement and begged my mom for a box of... everything. I wanted the mini chocolate chip muffins, I wanted the chocolate chip cookies, I wanted the giant chocolate cake. I just realized how much chocolate I consumed as a child... anyways...
When I passed the table last week I looked down and saw White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies. These were only made on special occasions--yes, I was pretty familiar with the products on this table--and I remembered begging even more for these cookies. They were so much more unique than the regular old chocolate chip cookies. When my mother finally gave in to my pleads, she would say, "One box only!"
Extra emphasis on the "one."
But now that I strive to live a healthier lifestyle, I decided to make my own version of my favorite cookies. Since I have never been a successful cookie baker, I transformed the cookie into krispy treats... I mean, krispy treats are easier, faster, and still just as good!
These were super chewy, super decadent, and definitely unique... just like the cookie. These took me back to my childhood. Even though my childhood may not have been that long ago, each bite brought be back to that grocery store, to that large, round table filled with tempting confections, to my mom who always let me buy a small box.
It makes me smile, reminiscing those memories.
It makes me smile, knowing that indulgence is not out of the question when striving to eat healthier.
I choose to indulge "sinfully" :)
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Krispy Treats: [no bake, high protein, GF, vegan*](makes 9 larges treats)
5 cups Crispy Brown Rice Cereal
1/2 cup Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (GF if you like)
2 tbs Flaxseed Meal
1/4 tsp Salt
210g (1/2 cup + 2 tbs) Brown Rice Syrup
128g (1/2 cup) Raw Macadamia Nut Butter
1 tbs Vanilla Paste
1 tsp Hazelnut Extract (optional)
1 tsp Stevia Extract
1/2 tsp Butter Extract
64g (2 scoops) Vanilla Protein Powder
2oz White Chocolate (vegans, use vegan white chocolate... you are also welcome to double this ingredient ;D )
1 tsp Grapeseed Oil (or any other neutral oil)
1. Line a brownie pan with parchment paper both ways.
2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cereal, oats, flax and salt.
3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, stir together the rice syrup, nut butter, vanilla paste and extract. Microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until runny.
4. Stir in the protein powder one spoonful at a time. Scoop over the dry ingredients and fold together. Scoop this into the pan and flatten.
5. In a small microwave-safe bowl, add the white chocolate and oil and microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until melted. Drizzle into desired pattern. Refrigerate for 30 minutes then slice and serve!
I hope you enjoy these as much as I did. Oh, what wonderful memories :)