{Be Nourished} 5 Awesome, Healthy Cookie Recipes

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I love cookies.  When I type that, I know that you aren’t getting the gravity of what I said.  I LOVE them.  I would rather have cookies than a birthday cake.  I will eat them at least once a week.

To thwart my sugar craving, I have searched high and wide to find the best healthy cookie recipes I can.  I have a problem with wheat (not because we had a falling out, but more because when I eat it, I blow up like a balloon and my stomach hurts and…other stuff), so I don’t use it in cooking or baking.  It’s actually a good thing, because through finding alternatives to gluten, I’ve found some really healthy ways of baking that give me a chance to indulge in my cookie cravings without guilt!

I don’t think I can explain how many cookie recipes I have tried.  There are A LOT of bad recipes on the internet.  Let’s just put it that way.

I have compiled a list of 5 super healthy cookie recipes.  These cookies are all packed with protein and good fats (if you are afraid of the word “fat”, please click here).  And while I say guilt free, I do mean in moderation.  Everything has to be done in moderation.  Don’t eat the whole batch in one sitting, as tempting as it may be.

I shall now commence the countdown, Letterman style.

Drumroll please….

#5 http://civilizedcavemancooking.com/grain-free-goodies/apple-cinnamon-cookies/

Along with chocolate, I love fall flavors.  These cookies are super easy, just pile everything (except eggs) into a food processor and then mix, form cookies and bake.  They are kind of a hybrid trail mix/cookie.  If you want them sweeter, you could add ¼ cup of coconut sugar or a little raw honey or real grade b maple syrup.  I like the syrup in it, and it doesn’t take much (about 1 tbsp).

#4 http://www.texanerin.com/2012/04/grain-free-peanut-butter-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-bites.html

Cookies made with chickpeas instead of flour.  Chickpeas have a lot of health benefits.  They are rich in fiber, protein, manganese, and iron, and they help maintain a steady blood sugar level and a stable metabolism.  Plus, these have chocolate AND peanut butter, one of the happiest marriages on the earth.

#3 http://pixiedustkitchen.com/2013/06/12/healthy-chocolate-cookies/

These double chocolate cookies are amazing.  They use avocado instead of butter.  AVACADO INSTEAD OF BUTTER.  Yeah, it seems kind of weird, but it works!  And there aren’t that many things healthier than avacadoes.  The chocolate masks the taste of the avocado, so once baked, they are just super chocolately and yummy.  To make them gluten-free (like I do), just replace the whole wheat flour with almond flour and double the baking soda.  I also always use coconut sugar, so I replaced the brown sugar with coconut sugar.  Best things about this website?  Faith is only 20 and is very creatively talented.  There are tons of great recipes, so head over there!

#2 http://www.delightedmomma.com/2012/07/paleo-chocolate-chip-cookies-no-flour.html

Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies that use coconut flour and unsweetened shredded coconut to hold together.  Absolutely delicious!  By using coconut oil instead of butter, raw honey instead of processed sugar, and coconut flour in place of wheat flour, you have yourself quite the healthy treat.  Bonus?  No nuts!  Allergen friendly because they are nut-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and gluten-free!

Aaaaaaand your number one amazingly healthy cookie recipe is………

http://thebitesizedbaker.com/2013/01/23/paleo-chocolate-chip-cookies/

I just found these cookies in August.  They are the best non-flour chocolate chip cookies I have found.  I can’t explain to you how delicious these are, because my taste buds have no vocabulary.  You just need to go make them now.  They are so good!

 

*A couple of tips for baking without regular flour or sugar: some recipes need the cookies to be flattened, some don’t.  I also recommend storing these types of cookies in the refrigerator so that they stay together and keep for longer.  They are usually pretty moist.


September 8, 2013

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