Lemonberry White Chocolate NomNoms
I taste tested this NomNom variation after my herd fell asleep for the night. I decided to make two new NomNom batches in hopes of starting the first morning of the new school week off right. Kade and Brod love chocolate but Shep loves lemon. I had two equally appealing ideas and couldn’t choose between the two, so I made both. I left it up to my Instagram and Facebook followers to decide which recipe would post first. Sumo Dark Chocolate NomNoms got the most votes, but this recipe is truly out-of-this-world good!
I took the first bite when these were still warm and instantly, the tartness of the lemon zest and juice did that thing…you know it tweaked my cheeks. And at that — I was hooked. But David hadn’t tried his yet, so I waited to say anything until he took a bite. I think he said “Oh man!…Oh, wow!” and “these are amazing” all in one big exhale. I have to agree. I knew they would be good, but I was totally taken aback by just how good. “Should these be dessert?? Did I mess them up?? Are they too sweet??” all thoughts that came flooding through my mind. I quickly decided this recipe is a success – I have accomplished the trick, making healthy taste good…not just good but GREAT.
Because of the addition of lemon juice, I had to increase my dry ingredients and I also decided to increase the sweetener from 2 T of pure maple sirup to 3 T, and I added 2 T of raw local honey. You can certainly reduce the sweeteners, but for me it was hard to think about lemon without ensuring sweet would be present.
If these NomNoms don’t cause you to belt out a song from the musical “Oklahoma!”–I am not sure if anything can make use sing an “Oklahoma!” song. One bite and all I can say is “Oh what a beautiful morning…everything’s going my way!” ((apparently not everyone –David– has seen “Oklahoma!” and therefore won’t get my joke…so, just believe me, that’s funny…))
- zest and juice of 2 lemons
- 1 T coconut oil
- 1 egg
- 1/2 c nonfat plain Greek yogurt
- 1 c. unsweetened apple sauce
- 2-3 T pure maple sirup*
- 2 T raw local honey*
- 1/2 c dried berries, finely chopped**
- 1/2 t sea salt
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 3 T chia seeds
- 3 T ground golden flax
- 1/2 c stone ground 6-grain stone ground hot cereal blend (I used Bob's Red Mill brand)
- 1 c quick oats
- 1 c wheat flour
- 1 c. white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a medium mixing bowl, melt coconut oil. Combine melted oil with all of the wet ingredients. Once wet ingredients are combined, add dry ingredients and stir until combined. Incorporate white chocolate chips.
- Place NomNom bowl in the fridge for 10 minutes or overnight if serving in the morning. Once NomNom dough is chilled, remove from fridge, using a 2 T scoop, scoop dough onto cookie sheet, leaving a 1"- 2" space between each NomNom.
- Bake for 11 minutes and serve warm--with a smile.
- *If you want a less sweet NomNom, start with 1-1/2 T of each (honey and sirup) and increase from there to reach desired sweetness.
- **I used a dried berry mix made up of cherries, cranberries and blueberries