I finally whipped up one of my very own recipes. Recipe testing here in Cayman isn’t very fiscally responsible so it’s rare I have a recipe of my own and I’m very lucky this one came out so well on the first try. PHEW!
Before I share the recipe I just wanted to share a bit about how swapping out refined sugar with more natural sugars like honey, coconut sugar and maple syrup has made such a difference! Most of the time when I’m feeling something sweet I choose a paleo baked good, this isn’t because I am trying to lose weight or restrict myself but more so because they don’t make me feel horrible afterwards and it’s harder to binge on because they actually fill you up (cause they actually have nutritious value).
Ever since trying to lower my sugar so I could balance my mood (read more about that HERE) I have been on a search for the most delicious healthier sweet treats and I’ve finally found some seriously good ones that I love sharing with people who are quick to think that they have to eat sweets that taste like grass if you’re trying to live healthier. I love showing them that you don’t have to give up flavorful foods and it’s even okay to enjoy a real chocolate chip cookie once in a while! It’s just nice to have these swaps around for when you’re looking for something sweet but don’t want to feel crappy later.
With these swaps (obviously like everything else, without overdoing it) you will maintain your gut health and won’t be so impacted by sugar mood swings! If you don’t know what I’m referring to go read about my ‘Hulk-Leen’ story HERE. When you consume added sugar or refined sugars often you are at risk of quickly creating an imbalance in the bacteria in your gut and as we probably know by now… an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in your gut completely wreaks havoc on your entire body and causes a series of unfortunate events such as; headaches, increased anxiety or depression, joint pain, stomach aches, constipation, diarrhea, brain fog… the list goes on.
SoOoOoO, that’s why I want to share this delicious recipe with you so you can enjoy a sweet treat without worrying about awful symptoms appearing afterwards! These cookies have crunchy edges and a chewy inside (my favorite)! They’re refined sugar free and gluten free and are irresistible :)
Makes 8 giant cookies (they spread a lot… what can I say I haven’t perfected my baking craft yet, but I don’t think you’ll complain too much once you try them!)
½ cup ghee or grass fed butter
¾ cup packed coconut sugar
1 cup almond flour
½ tsp of baking soda
½ tsp of baking powder
½ tsp cinnamon
1 cup of quick oats
½ cup of “Enjoy Life” chocolate chips or raisins if you prefer
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
*As I said previously, these cookies spread a lot while baking so leave enough room in between each cookie or just enjoy a giant oatmeal cookie cake - do you boo!
If you want more recipes head to my Instagram @TheNotSoSugarCoated and check out my recipes highlight. I am one for B A S I C meals and treats so you’ll find super simple things in there and I’m working on adding more :)
If you want to read more about why gut health is so important for your mental health make sure you head to this blog post!
Hey! My names Ashleen.