6 Secrets to Baking a Better Cookie
Eating healthy and feeling great does not mean you have to say “no” to baking and eating cookies.
With a few substitutions, you can turn almost any cookie recipe into a better-for-you version.
- Swap a nut flour for white or wheat flour. My favorites are almond flour, almond meal, coconut flour, and tigernut flour. Try blending almond and coconut together to create a flavor and texture even the most discerning palette will find appealing.
- Use coconut oil in place of butter.
- Reduce the amount of sugar by half.
- In place of sugar, use lower insulin-spiking sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.
- Use pureed pitted dates as a natural sweetener.
- Add a variety of spices and extracts to add depth and flavor. Good choices include: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice, cardamom, cocoa, vanilla, almond, peppermint, and anise.
Soft and flavorful, these easy to make cookies are perfect for a Christmas Cookie Exchange, the Holiday Buffet Table, or a simple dessert.
Spice Drop Cookies
4 Tbsp Cocoa
3 Cup Almond Flour
1 Cup Unsweetened, Dried Fruit of Choice
1 Cup Chopped Walnuts
2 Tbsp Vanilla
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg
4 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
2 Tbsp Water
- Preheat Oven 325.
- Grease a baking sheet or line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir until well blended.
- In the microwave for 30 seconds or in a small saucepan on the stove over low heat, heat honey and oil until liquid.
- Remove honey and oil mixture from heat. Pour into a large glass bowl.
- Beat eggs one at a time into the honey and oil mixture.
- Using a wooden spoon, fold dry ingredients into honey, oil, and egg mixture.
- If too dry, add water by stirring 1 tsp at a time, mixing between additions, until the mixture is no longer dry.
- Drop by teaspoonful onto greased or parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake 8-10 minutes
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