Sugar Freedom Week 3 Day 4
Jerod asked me to make chocolate chip cookies today (try this recipe from Apple A Day, it’s to DIE for), and as much as I enjoy making cookies for him, I felt a little left out. Because it’s pure torture to mix dark chocolate chips into sugary dough and NOT BE ABLE TO SAMPLE ANY. Ugh. My life is so hard. 😉 So I went on Pinterest to look for a Sugar Freedom-appropriate cookie recipe.
One of the forms of sugar allowed during the Sugar Freedom challenge is honey. I got some pure macadamia nut honey from my aunt in Hawaii a few months ago, so I decided to incorporate it in this honey cookie recipe from The Best of This Life. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free, i.e. perfect for me!
The finished product was very light and fluffy. The cookies weren’t overly sweet, since the only sweetener was the honey, but it was just enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. And they’re healthy! Win-win. So I ate 2. And liberally sampled the batter. 🙂
The Best of This Life suggests an optional step of adding whatever mix-in you prefer, such as dried fruit and/or chocolate chips, or adding spices like ginger and allspice. It’s a pretty versatile cookie; perfect for after a meal or just with your morning coffee!
Healthy Honey Cookies
1 cup raw honey
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
4 cups gluten-free oat flour (the original recipe calls for 3 1/2 cups oat flour and 1/2 cup brown rice flour, but I only had oat flour)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine virgin coconut oil and honey. Stir in eggs and milk.
Add the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Combine flour mixture with honey mixture.
Place by teaspoonfuls on a greased baking sheet.
Bake 12 minutes (or until golden brown underneath cookie).
Allow to cool before serving.
Progress Report Day 18
Pre-workout snack: Apple.
Workout: 7:30 a.m. Grind at Farmgirlfit. Pull-ups, box jumps, and kettlebell swings, 1 minute and 30 seconds at each station, for 3 rounds. Then max 1-rep push press (I benchmarked 90#).
Breakfast: English muffin with peanut butter. Unsweetened soy latte from Starbucks.
Lunch: Tomato basil chicken with pumpkin seeds. Sea salt Pop Corners.
Snack: 1 piece of healthy fudge.
Dinner: Tomato basil chicken with pumpkin seeds, steamed baby carrots. Honey cookies for dessert.
Snack: Air-popped popcorn seasoned with salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Drinks: Coffee, water.