Nutmeal Cookies without the processed white sugars

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OK I worship chocolate. I am very particular about what chocolate I like and I only like the good stuff. I have worked out a fabulous homemade chocolate recipe eliminated processed sugar. I worked hard on this and boy let me tell you there were a lot of disappointing trials. Now I had to tackle the beloved chocolate chip cookie recipe. I am really trying to only eat natural sugars. Honey and maple syrup have minerals and antimicrobial properties. Honey especially is soothing to the throat and nervous system. Coconut sugar has a low glycemic index which supports a healthy blood sugar regulation. I also use ingredients that are high in fiber and protein. In summation- have your treat without the guilt.

White sugar free Nutmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

3- 3 1/2 cups almond or hazelnut meal ( I get mine at Trader Joe)
2 sticks (or 1 c or 8 oz) Earth Balance (I avoid the soy and use olive oil or canola margarine) You can sub 2 oz out for melted coconut oil if you want
1 cup Coconut Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tbl Ener-G Egg Replacer plus 4 Tbl warm water, stirred and mixed thoroughly or 2 eggs
1 tsp Real salt
1/2 recipe Make your Own CHOCOLATE, chopped

1 c of oatmeal (I like Bob’s Red Mill), dried fruits, nuts, coconut, seeds, etc.,.(optional)

1 tsp cinnamon, optional
Cream sugar and butter. Add vanilla and egg replacer (or eggs). Mix thoroughly.  Next, add the combined dry ingredients.
Stir in the chocolate chips, oatmeal, dried fruits, nuts, coconut, seeds, etc.,. So the next step is something I learned in my pastry chef days. I pre-scoop the cookies and freeze them for at least 2 hours. This way the center stays gooey and the outside crisp after baking. I always disliked a dry crumbly cookie.  You can then bake them to order. That way you don’t overeat. The cookies are always fresh and warm (the house smells like fresh cookies more often).   They can stay in the freezer for months. I use this technique with all cookies.

Drop onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-15 minutes or until golden and set.


Breakfast Blondies

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You can’t have a blondie for breakfast….yeah you can! This is a really moist and delicious breakfast treat or snack that if full of protein,  fiber and omegas. Sweetened with maple syrup and some applesauce (which also acts as the egg), this is a brownie to start the day off with. I offered some additional tips to decrease the processed ingredients GF/Vegan baking encourages using. Play around with it. They are great at room temp or rap them and throw them in the freezer. Enjoy!

Sad news- Dropped my camera this morning and now it won’t work. Sorry, no photo today. :(

Breakfast Blondies-

Ingredients:

1 cup brown rice flour (Next time I am going to replace 1/4 c of this with almond flour to see how it works. This will decrease the processed carbs and increase fiber.)

1/4 cup almond meal (Trader Joe’s)

1 cup GF Oats

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 tsp xanthum (Optional. This is one of the GF ingredients that is hard for the body to digest. I used a tiny bit to help bind the product. It prevents crumbling. I will omit next time I make them to see.)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

2 Tbl chia seeds ground

1/2 c applesauce

1 1/2 tsp Ener-G egg replacer + 2 Tbl warm water whisked (Next time, I will try using a flax egg).

1/2 cup real maple syrup

1/4 cup organic coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon bourbon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/3 cup walnuts (or whatever nut or seeds you like)

1/3 cup dark chocolate chips, optional (or sub dried fruit, nuts, coconut, seeds)

Directions:

1) Mix the dry. Mix the wet. Mix them all together. Pour into a 9×9 greased pan.

2) Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. It would get really golden. The edges will pull away from the sides and when you touch the brownies, they will spring back.