Summer is coming and if you are reading this and feeling the pinch of your pants too much, these cookies are for you! We have all been there, sitting in the heat of July with a few weeks of hot weather and bikini vacations ahead of us sweating our asses off wondering why the hell we didn’t move it in April. I am definitely working my hardest to make sure I feel my best this summer. As a holistic nutritionist, I know that the best approach to trimming a few extra pounds is to NOT diet. Rather, the most successful approach, in my opinion, is to clean up two things: what you eat, and what you think.
These cookies will support your health far more than anything store bought. No matter what your health goals are, extreme diets or food restriction are NEVER sustainable and some cases are damaging not only to your body, but your state of mind. Feel good about what you are fueling your body with! Use whole ingredients that are satisfying and filling.
- I made these cookies low in sugar (using only 3 tbs brown sugar + the white chocolate) because as we all know, too much sugar equals weight gain. The coconut adds some sweetness as well, and you could also add a couple table spoons raisins, dried apricots, or dried cranberries.
- If you want these cookies to be vegan friendly, substitute the egg for a little more rice milk, try 3 tbs. You’ll have to play with the consistency, but it should be fine. Also, make sure to use vegan chocolate, too!
- I NEVER count calories, but for anyone working towards shedding a few pounds and toning up for summer, I would suggest a serving size of two cookies for females, and three cookies for males. Make sure to eat these on a training day, and drink lots of water because they are LOADED with filling fiber! Each cookie is about 30 grams.
3/4 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup whole oats
1/2 cup whole flax seeds (grind in a blender or coffee grinder)
1/3 cup coconut (shredded)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup rice milk
3 tbs oil (coconut, olive, etc)
3 tbs brown sugar
50 grams white chocolate
Combine all the dry ingredients in a large whole (first seven ingredients listed). In a small bowl, mix sugar, egg, oil and milk together very well. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and follow with the white chocolate pieces. Spoon onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake for 12-15 minutes at 350 (176.6) degrees. Makes 12 cookies; about 30 grams each.
- You’ll find these cookies are tasty and satisfying without all the sugar found in most recipes. I used ONLY three table spoons of brown sugar, and I would suggest using a more whole sweetener if you have it. Try maple syrup, honey, date sugar, mashed whole dates, brown rice syrup or stevia (no sugar sweetener from a plant leaf; can be found at most health stores;actually balances blood sugar which is great for diabetics!).
Enjoy these cookies, and bring on summer!
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