Yes, it is possible to make cookies that are wholesome, filled with low-glycemic sweetness, and in line with our fitness lifestyle. These Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies are a great example of a recipe that takes healthy ingredients to create a sweet taste that’s guilt-free and just as enjoyable as traditional cookies.
What makes these cookies healthier than Mrs. Fields?
- It’s gluten free: I used a combination of the cooked quinoa and blanched almond flour rather than traditional white grain flour.
- It’s free of cane sugar and low glycemic: No refined cane sugar in these sweet morsels, just some unrefined coconut sugar. It’s also possible to sub out some of the coconut sugar for a bit of liquid stevia if you’d like to lower the sugar grams even more.
- The chocolate is stevia-sweetened: To keep our sugars in check even more I’ve used Lily’s chocolate chips which are sweetened with stevia and contain zero cane sugar.
- The serving size: Using 1 heaping teaspoon of dough will get you 48 petite cookies, which make portion control easy. You can enjoy a little cookie without taking in too many calories!
Courtesy of RealHealthyRecipes.com
What you need
¼ cup coconut oil, softened but not melted
⅓ cup palm shortening
1 cup coconut palm sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups blanched almond flour
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 (9 oz) bag Lily’s chocolate chips (stevia sweetened)
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl beat the coconut oil and the shortening on high for 30 seconds. Add the coconut sugar, baking soda and salt. Beat on medium for 2 minutes, scraping down the sides as needed. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Beat in the almond flour and quinoa. Stir in the chocolate chips.
3. Drop the dough by teaspoons 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned. Transfer the parchment paper onto a wire rack to cool. Enjoy!
One cookie equals: 108 calories, 7g fat, 11g carbohydrate, 3g sugar, 79mg sodium, 2g fiber, and 2g protein.
I hope that you get a chance to give this recipe a try this week. Remember that I’m only a call or email away to assist you in all things fitness. And if you are not yet one of my prized clients then call or email me now to set up your first workout – I’d love to help you achieve your best body ever!
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