No Bake Dark Chocolate Almond Balls

Life has definitely changed in our little household since Sweet Pea made her arrival.

Luckily I’ve had my husband off work all week to help me, but today is his first day back and I’m worried that he’s going to come home and find me covered in breast milk and Boo’s lunch, wearing what I’ve worn since thursday. (Wait? I’ve been like that all week…)

For those of you wondering how Boo is doing, I would say she is adjusting as expected.

She has gotten WAY louder, and I find that she screams at the top of her lungs even when she is just playing. Not to mention she has refused to sit down and eat any meal, and today she told my husband he was ‘Pissing her off…’

Luckily she hasn’t taken her anger out on Sweet Pea, but instead her bedroom door, which she slams a few bazillion times a day. I swear she was two before the baby was born, and now she is 16 year old me. I’m almost tempted to take her door off the hinges, just like my mom did.

I’m just afraid to ‘Piss her off…’

Luckily, Sweet Pea is one sweet and innocent baby girl. She sleeps a lot, and I’m not really sure how to handle that. I keep expecting her to wake up all the time, but she just continues to sleep. I pray it continues, but I’m expecting it to stop once the husband goes back to work…Did I mention I never slept as a child?

Karma.

As for cooking and spending time in the kitchen, I haven’t really done much besides making quick breakfast and lunches. I’ve had a wonderful bunch of friends who have been bringing me dinner since we got home from the hospital, and I don’t want it to end. I’m considering paying them to bring me dinner every night.

I have however been craving chocolate like it’s nobody’s business, and I obviously blame it on the hormones. After giving birth, you basically go through ‘that time of the month’ symptoms times a bazillion. My husband can vouch for this because today I cried just reading stories to Boo.

Dang you Mickey Mouse books…So fllippin’ touching.

I think I need a long nap and chocolatey cookie.

It’s the right thing to do.

No Bake Dark Chocolate Almond Balls

Makes 12-16 mini balls

Ingredients:

1/2 c. honey

1/2 c. Dark Chocolate Almond Butter (or homemade nut butter of choice)

3/4 c. brown rice crisp cereal

1/2 c. chopped pretzels

1/4 c. diced craisins

1/4 c. cocoa powder (could sub chocolate protein powder)

(Optional to roll balls in: shredded coconut, cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, grated chocolate, etc.)

Directions:

1. In a microwave safe bowl, heat oil and nut butter for 45 seconds to a minute. Whisk together until creamy, then fold in the rest of the ingredients until fully combined.

(This will be an effort since it’s pretty thick and sticky.)

2. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop mini balls and place on cookie sheet with parchment paper. The balls will be really sticky. To help with this, you can either roll them in cocoa nibs, cocoa powder, grated chocolate, shredded coconut, etc…

3. Place in the freezer for 10-15 min, then transfer to fridge and store in a covered plastic/glass container.

These have been a life saver! They are so rich and decadent, I almost feel like I’m eating a piece of Sees Candy.

Almost. ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great start to your week! I’ll be back soon with a new series of Toddler food! Can’t wait to share the details!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Those look delicious! I can’t believe you’re up and about and cooking delicious treats! I was so awfully depressed after my sweet, little one was born that I had a hard time even getting to the kitchen. It even scares me a bit about trying to have another child. I didn’t feel like myself until about a month after he was born. Your family is beautiful! Congrats!

    • Trust me, I really haven’t done too much cooking. Once I’m not getting meals any more from friends, I don’t know what I am going to do lol!
      And it’s hard to feel yourself, especially after everything your body goes through. But I’m glad you are doing good now!!

  2. Sweet Pea is so beautiful! Congratulations ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. you crack me up! i bet boo is adorable… and i think these cookie would instantly cure me of being pissed off. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. bahaha. piss! Love how “real” you guys are! What beautiful girls! And, was that the Omaha temple?

  5. Amazing treat! Everyone looks fabulous in your family as always ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Aww, she is adorable – that picture of Sweet Pea is so cute ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad she’s sleeping so well for you! My first never slept and then my second actually did(at least for the newborn phase), it was such a shock, lol. I love little bite sized treats like this – these look so delicious!

  7. What an amazing treat! You are so amazing to be able to whip that together with 2 lil ones to watch over! I remember after Lil M was born, I had a hard time wanting to do anything but sit on the couch while he was sleeping! Hope Boo stops slamming the door soon! I’m sure its driving you nuts

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  8. Those look incredible! Such an easy recipe too, I am sure it will give you enough energy to power through the tantrums ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Leana Streeter says:

    These look divine, just like everything else on your blog. I’ve been following it for awhile now and made quite a few things. You’ve converted me to love green smoothies and my 2 year old loves them as well. Once I made your S’more balls, I can’t remember if I even shared those with anyone. And the avocado chocolate mouse… has blown me away!!!! Thank you thank you thank you. I can’t wait to try these tomorrow. YES, I’m making this tomorrow:)

    • You just made my night Leana!! Thank you for being such an amazing supporter to me and my family! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Leana Streeter says:

        So… I made these and the mix barely made it into the freezer. I kept eating the pieces that were “about to fall off.” I couldn’t find brown rice cereal(where can I find it?), so I subbed rice crispies for it, had to add more of it and more pretzels to have the right consistency. And I was happy that it made to the freezer, because they were a million times better cold! So yummy!

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