Baking My Way Healthy

25 Apr

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I have a confession.  I….have…a….gigantic…..sweet tooth.  There I said it.  Whew!!!  I don’t know what happened during or after my pregnancy but it has become very difficult for me to stay away from sweets.  Prior to my pregnancy I had not touched sweets in over a year.

The task over the last several months has been to reduce my intake.  My intake has finally dwindled down to treating myself once a week.  That works fine for me.  The problem when I treat myself is that I am eating desserts that taste wonderful but aren’t good for my health.

Other than Betty Crocker box mixes I’ve seldom ventured into the baking world.  However, I have finally decided to step away from my comfort zone and  experiment with baking desserts.  Why?  I have discovered that my body does not fare well with grains or dairy.  In addition,  processed sugars are horrible for maintaining sugar levels.  With my diabetic predisposition I need to work on keeping the levels as consistent as possible.  So today I went to Whole Foods and picked up some items to try some recipes that look yummy and fairly simple to make.

photo(25)There are 3 recipes I bought ingredients for but I decided to start with Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I found at Oatmeal With a Fork because they looked super simple and I had most of the ingredients on hand and ready to use and it was the most simple to make.  I tweaked the recipe a bit but pretty much stuck to the recipe.  Next time I may add 1/4 cup more almond meal to make the cookies less crumbly.  Here is how I mixed the ingredients.

Ingredients
  • 1 c. almond meal
  • scant ¼ tsp. sea salt
  • ⅛ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 1½ tsp. vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp.  dark chocolate mini chunks (70%)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix the almond meal, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  3. Stir in the melted coconut oil, honey, and vanilla.
  4. Stir in chocolate chunks.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes on a well oiled or parchment paper-lined cookie sheet or until edges are golden brown.
  6. Let cool  on the pan for 10 minutes.

photo(27)9.  Remove and enjoy!

photo(26)These cookies were delicious! For my first attempt at Paleo baking it didn’t turn out too bad. The whole family loved them. I think the texture is perfect for a Paleo raisin cookie.  Just add raisins instead of chocolate chunks.   I’ll definitely be making this recipe again.

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