How sad; I’m not even two weeks in to my Spring semester and I’m already getting mad chocolate study cravings. This can’t be good… or can it? The trick to mastering the snack ordeal is to choose the right kinds of snacks to satisfy both your tastebuds and your nutrition goals. Most college students (or anyone really) think that healthy snacking is too expensive, unsatisfying and unrealistic. My counter to that? Those people just haven’t found the right healthy snacks! Well lucky for them things like the wookie were invented. You guessed it, half waffle half cookie. And how can something this amazing-looking actually be good for you? Well just like anything else you buy off the shelf, it’s all about the process, not just the product.
These wookies are a perfect solution to counter a quick study snack craving because they’re so easy to make, versatile and filled with superfood ingredients to fuel your brain during and post heavy workload. Not a college student with abnormal chocolate cravings like me? First off, lucky you, and secondly, bring these wookies to your next family gathering as a healthier desert alternative to whatever other junk is on the table. Your friends won’t notice, I promise. Here’s the gist:
- 3 eggs- prices vary
- 1 Tbs raw honey- $3.69, 12 oz bottle @ Trader Joe’s
- 2 1/2 large overripe bananas- prices vary (but they’re only 69 cents a pound this week at Stater Brothers!)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract- 99 cents, bottle @ 99 cents store
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon- 99 cents, bottle @ 99 cents store
- 1/4 cup coconut flour- $2.99, 1 lb bag @ Trader Joe’s
- 3 Tbs coconut oil- $5.99, 16 oz jar @ Trader Joe’s (this can be cheaper if you buy it in bulk, but be careful which brand you buy, if it’s organic or not and be sure to confirm the oil is 100% virgin unrefined)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt- 99 cents, bottle @ 99 cents store
- ¼ teaspoon baking soda- 99 cents, can @ 99 cents store
- 3 Tbs raw cacao powder- $9.99, 1 lb bag @ Amazon.com
- Almond milk (for consistency) $8.49, 6- 32 oz. boxes @ Costco*
- Unsweetened coconut flakes- $1.99, 12 oz bag @ Trader Joe’s
- Raw pipita seeds- $6.99, lb @ Sprouts
- Cacao hot fudge (2 Tbs coconut oil and 2 Tbs raw cacao pieces melted together)- $5.99, 16 oz jar @ Trader Joe’s & $9.99, 1 lb bag @ Amazon.com
- Combine all wet ingredients in a blender on high speed and pulse until mixed well.
- In a side bowl, mix together all dry ingredients until incorporated evenly.
- Gradually add mixed dry ingredients to mixed wet ingredients in the blender and pulse until well combined.* Here’s where you might want to add more almond milk if your mixture is looking too thick. The size and mushiness of your bananas can change the texture of the wookies, so make sure your wookies aren’t too runny but aren’t too think. You want them to be a little bit thicker than your standard pancake batter.
- Pour about 1/4 cup portion of batter in the upper left hand corner of your waffle maker and the same amount in the lower right hand corner (so they don’t mix together and just make a waffle).
- Cook for about 1.5- 2 minutes each set.
- Top all wookies with your toppings of choice (I’ve listed my toppings of choice above) and serve! These are best when they’re nice and warm, but you can let them sit or even freeze and reheat them if you’d like to!
If you haven’t already noticed, I love my waffle maker and use it to make just about anything. I can’t wait to share my new experiment that I tried in it this morning, but for now this recipe will have to do. I told you late night study snacking doesn’t have to be too bad after all! Healthy habits are just one cheap mix and waffle maker away.
To health infinity and beyond!