You may not know this about me, but I love me some sweets, especially cupcakes and cookies!!!
I mean who doesn’t really, but what I love even more is being able to put a healthy spin on my favorite desserts so I can enjoy them without feeling like crap about it.
So I have gathered numerous recipes from healthy sources that I love, because I’ll be real, I am in no way a recipe inventor. I wish I was for sure, and I can make substitutions here and there, but I tend to just trust others that have the skills and put in the time to test it out, and so that means I get to do the same for you!
This is one of my go-to recipes for a healthier version of chocolate chip cookies that I’m pretty sure you’ll like, but who knows, you may hate it. So sorry if you do, but it works for me, so this is what you get. BOOM! 😉
But before I dish out the recipe I have to make the statement that even with a healthy treat option you are still getting additional calories and sugar. So this is not a pass to just go crazy with the treats, especially if you are attempting to lose weight, or if you are not currently exercising.
Be mindful of where you are at in your wellness and fitness journey, and where you want to be and make sure to enjoy appropriately with your goals.
Check in with your emotions and mindset when you want to eat something sweet, and try to avoid using it as a reward for working out, an emotional crutch or out of boredom.
Enjoy it because you’re feeling good and you want something tasty.
If you find yourself using sweets as an emotional crutch or out of boredom, try to distract yourself by getting up and doing a few reps of your favorite exercise, calling a friend, or expressing gratitude for a few minutes (all things that improve mood.) After the urge has passed try to work through solutions to deal with the underlying issues in a healthier way.
Side note: You can also help reduce sugar cravings by eating some protein! Yep, yep. Grab a piece of meat or make a protein shake whatever, and see what a difference it makes. Plus this increases the amount of nutrient dense foods in your diet (depending on your ingredients of course) that will further aid in fat loss and overall function.
Okay, enough of that and on to the good stuff.
Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-Free)
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 7-10 depending on size of cookies
- 1 cup of nut butter (I used raw almond maple)
- 1/3 cup coconut sugar (I like to use a food processor to make it ultra fine)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Dash of sea salt
- 1 tsp alcohol free vanilla extract
- 1 egg whisked
- 1/2 – 1 cup dark chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Mix together dry ingredients (2-6).
- Add in remaining ingredients and mix together.
- Stir in chocolate chips.
- Spoon 1-2 TBS soon-fulls of batter onto greased baking sheet and bake for 10–12 minutes. Do not over cook so keep a close eye on these!
Give these bad boys a try, and enjoy responsibly! 😉