Sweet Tooth Anyone?
Let's face it, we love our treats in NOLA. Holiday season is quickly approaching and if you're anything like me, baked goods tend to become a little more "attractive" during this time of year :) Although, I try to maintain a healthy balance with my diet, baked goods seem to know the password to my heart...or should I say my tummy, hips, and buns!
I'm here to tell you that you can enjoy many of your favorite desserts with a healthy twist! When staying on track, SUBSTITUTION IS KEY! By changing a few ingredients you can create healthier versions of your favorite foods. Here's a great recipe I enjoy for something most people love...COOKIES!
Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten-Free, Low Sugar)
(Makes 20 cookies)
- 6 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1/4 tsp. pure stevia powder
- 1/2 cup (4 oz) coconut sugar
- 1/4 tsp. sea salt
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 large egg
- 1 1/3 cup dry roasted peanuts
- 2 tbsp. coconut flour
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
Preheat oven to 350° F
1. Add peanuts to food processor and process for 1 minute or texture is smooth.
2. Add coconut oil, stevia, sea salt, vanilla, and egg yolk. Process 10-20 seconds, or until creamy.
3. Add oat flour and baking soda to food processor. Sprinkling the dry ingredients around the blade in a circular motion. Process for 1 minute or until mixed thoroughly with no streaks of flour present. Remove dough ball from and get to sculptin' Picasso.
4. Form 20 dough balls, setting them on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Press balls a bit flat with your hand. Make crisscrossed marks on top of each cookie with the tines of a fork.
5. Bake 12 - 14 minutes or until cookies are slightly browned at edges. Let those bad boys cool for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack. Patience indeed is a virtue! Cookies will firm as they cool, which takes 10-20 minutes so catch up on your guilty pleasure TV shows.
Enjoy & Treat Ya' Self
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