For most of us avoiding sweets is something we do as a part of trying to eat right. It has been burnt in our minds that if it is delicious and desert-y that it can’t be good for our waist line. The good news is that this doesn’t always have to be the case. There are cookies out there can, eaten in moderation, are easy for our body to digest. This first recipe is for all raw food cookies. Raw food is food that has in no way been processed, changed or cooked. Raw foods are easier for your body to digest. The easier it is for you for your body to digest the better it is metabolized, and used as energy. This results in less turning into extra glucose and then eventually fat. Of course with anything (except maybe vegetables) you can over eat it. So, make some cookies, have a few and feel good about doing it. But stop there. Just because they are better for you doesn’t mean you can justify eating more than you should.

All Raw Foods Cookies: Chocolate Macaroon Recipe

½ C Coconut Butter

½ C Raw Cocoa Powder

1/4 C Maple Syrup

1 C Shredded Coconut

Dash of Sea Salt

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Roll into balls. Put in dehydrated at lowest temperature setting and let warm until desired texture. OR if you don’t want to use a dehydrator you can just freeze them and eat them that way.

End of Recipe #1.

This recipe isn’t going to be as good for you as the first one, but better than a normal cookie recipe, and it is vegetarian and vegan friendly (for the non egg eating vegetarians). There are notes at the bottom of the recipe for an even healthier alternative to making the cookies. Just as noted in the first one, make a batch and eat a few, but give the rest away, or save them for a later date.

Vegan Chocolate (carob) Chip Cookies: Makes 2 Dozen

2 ¼ C Wheat Flour

1 Tsp Salt

1 Tsp Baking Soda

¾ C  Agave Sugar

1 Tbl Corn Starch

1 Tsp Vanilla

1 Cup Apple Sauce

1 C Earth Balance (vegan butter)

1 Carob

Cooking Instructions: Preheat oven to 375. Mix flour, salt, baking soda and corn starch together and set aside. Add Earth Balance, agave sugar, apple sauce and vanilla to a separate bowl. Mix until homogenous then add dry ingredients. Stir in carob. Drop on cookie sheet. Cook for 8-10 minutes.

Substitute Idea : You can also substitute peanut butter instead of the Earth Balance.

Tips for Healthy Alternatives While Baking

While we are at it we thought we would share a few great sources for healthy alternatives when baking. Not only can you use soy chocolate (as mentioned above) for chocolate but you can also use carob as your healthy substitute. This video is very helpful for healthy alternatives when baking and cooking. Finally, I found this list of healthy alternatives for cooking to the best source I could find. It lists the things your recipe might call for, and then lists what you can use instead. Very cool.

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