Healthier Chocolate Chip Nut Butter Cookies

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We’re trying to be healthier this year. Eating more fresh, organic and from scratch meals. Although I’ve always cooked most of our meals at home, I have taken shortcuts, so we’re working on making the time again for life without the shortcuts. It’s been hard, but definitely worth it. Actually we’ve been working on this for awhile, because it’s a process, or a journey, not a destination. Finally having that concept take hold in my brain is making a huge difference. I don’t give up if I slip up, I just keep persevering. The modern idea of a diet is NOT what we’re striving for, but healthier habits and realistic, every day living. So I was THRILLED to FINALLY find a healthier cookie recipe for splurges that aren’t exactly splurges!

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It’s protein packed, which means I can only eat two at a time maximum, and has no refined white sugar and no flour. And it’s still skrumptious! If you knew how many I’ve tried, you’d understand my joy!! Yummy!

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So here’s the recipe:

Healthier Chocolate Chip Nut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup nut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly.
  3. Using a large spoon to drop batter onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet (making sure you leave plenty of room in between each).
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes

I added about 1/4 cup flour because I was worried the batter was too wet, but next time I won’t. And I’ll under cook them a bit, because I like cookies that way.

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We bought these lovely mugs in Ireland about 14 years ago, and we still love them!

But they were so great I almost cried, since I’ve searched for sooo long! Not as sweet as you might be used to, but I think it’s easy enough to get used to, especially if you’re being more careful already anyway. Our bodies do adjust. I’m very happy with them and don’t need to continue my search. :>

I’ve also committed to being in God’s word everyday, even if it’s only 5 or 10 minutes. That’s the real key to getting healthy…and everything else of course!

How do you build healthy habits?

**HERE’S where I found the recipe.**

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Healthy Energy Cookie

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This recipe is one I found during my juicing searches and I thought it could be a healthy snack that would give me energy and help me deal with hunger.  Especially once I added the pulp, more substantial food. I think I originally found it on Pinterest, found it again, but can’t really remember for sure how it popped up onto my radar.

Anyway, the first time I made them, I only had quick cook steel oats because we don’t really keep regular oats around anymore. I  recently decided to give the quick ones a try, thinking my Sweetie might be willing to make them for himself if they were faster. I usually just end up making extra and he heats the leftovers up in the morning. I am addicted to regular Steel Cut Oats, and these just don’t have the nutty crunch! I was hoping I could could use them up in these cookies, but they were not good at all! So I finally made them the right way and they were better, a bit rubbery, but something I could get used to for a healthier cookie. Something I think I can get used to, but they NEED the chocolate chips!!! If you love banana, you will probably love them!

Super easy, using only 3 ingredients, you can whip these up in no time! And the kids can help!!

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Healthy Energy Cookie

2 Large bananas, mashed

1 cup quick cook oats

1/4 cup chocolate chips

**Mix the bananas and oats together until combined, add the chips and spoon onto cookie sheet with a teaspoon. I flatten them a bit, so the middle cooks better. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Makes 9 small cookies. They’re tastiest still while warm. Enjoy! :>

Do you have an easy,  healthy recipe to share?

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Love Day Preview

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Here’s a little preview of our Love Day celebration. We actually did some celebrating while we were out of town last weekend, so this is a part of our low-key at-home time. I made these cookies for my sweetie, family and a few other people. You’ll see more soon. They were such a great creative outlet for me! So much fun to make!

 

I haven’t had much blogging time this week with family here and preparing surprises for my Sweetie, so I may do a big one tomorrow, even though it’s Saturday!

 

Happy weekend everyone!

Recipe Exchange: Tea Cup “Cookies”

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It started with a picture on Facebook, and the opportunity to make and serve them! I have a family in my life that loves miniature tea parties. It started when they were all much, much younger, and I helped the mom with childcare regularly while she homeschooled the oldest kids. Our tea parties began as a girl event, but as the boys saw the tiny candies we were eating, they joined in on the fun, one by one.

This is the original photo, using products from Austraila. If only I had those marshmallows, which are also sold in Ireland, or were when I lived there 18 years ago.

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The Pioneer Woman shared a story a couple of weeks ago about her boys shunning scones as girly food, until she disguised them as “Sugar Biscuits” and it completely reminded me of the oldest boy from this family. The tea parties were far too girly for him…until he saw the sweets!! :>

So today, for the Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange with Little House on the Prairie Living, I’m sharing this fun idea, even though it isn’t technically a recipe.

Go to this post for the original idea.

*My Version*

I used Marie brand tea biscuits, because that’s what we have available here, with a simple colored glaze of icing sugar and water to create the look of the European biscuit/cookie .

White large marshmallows

The glaze acts as the glue for the sprinkles on top, the marshmallow cups to the biscuit saucers  and the handles, made of broken in half, pastel colored Lifesavors.

It goes pretty quickly and easily, and the kids were THRILLED with this special addition to our usual tea parties!

Be creative and make them your own out of things in your pantry!

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Here’s a list the 6 year old of things to do on our “Play Date.” So ADORABLE! AND she made a MOVIE for me with her new camera! I felt so LOVED!

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TRANSLATION:

Play Kitchen

Have a tea party

A puzzle

Read Charlotte’s Web

Do a craft

Play Barbie with Tiffanie

Make a book with her

So sweet! Of course I had to tell her we wouldn’t have time for EVERYTHING! :>

Her new KITCHEN!

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Serving me “dinner” from her kitchen.

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I love these kids!

How do you make time with loved ones special?

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Donut Hole Acorns and Pizzelle Cookies

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Are you ready for the Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange with Little House on the Prairie Living today? Sunday we had our church potluck Christmas party and I wanted to take something festive and Christmas-y, but I also had a busy weekend leading up to it. So, I needed something that wouldn’t be very time consuming that I could squeeze into an hour or so between 2 events on Saturday.

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I browsed my Pinterest boards and saw the idea for acorns made out of donut holes by Gracious Rain, and decided I would make those along with Pizzelle cookies. Both whimsical and different from the normal desserts you usually see or bring, which is absolutely what I wanted! And my sweetie was happy to see both, especially since I haven’t made the Pizzelles in a loooong time!

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Both are oh so easy!

Acorn Donut Holes:

Glazed donut holes, of course (I wanted yummy fresh ones from our local bakery, but alas, they ran out :/  )

Nutella or chocolate icing

Pretzel sticks

Chocolate sprinkles

**Just cover one end of the donut with the chocolate, dip in the sprinkles and poke 2/3 of a pretzel stick into the other end. Voila!

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Pizzelle Cookies:

A Pizzelle iron (like a waffle iron, but with pretty designs)

6 eggs

1⁄4 cup vegetable oil

1⁄4 cup butter, softened

11⁄2 cups sugar

1⁄4 cup shortening
2 tsp baking powder

1⁄4 tsp salt

11⁄2 tsp flavoring (anise,lemon,vanilla or almond extract, almond is most common)

2-21⁄2 cups flour
**Blend ingredients together, adding one at a time. Drop approximately a heaping teaspoon of batter onto center of each cookie section. Close lid and allow to cook 45-60 seconds or until lightly brown. Allow to cool on a wire rack or towels. Dust with powdered sugar. You can serve the cookies flat or rolled tightly into a cylinder or cone. Cookies must be hot during rolling and held in shape until cool.
Makes 6 dozen.

(You could also cheat and make them with Waffle cone batter or mix)

 

 

Here’s a better view of the designs the iron makes. I purposely left the flash off to shoe them better. I didn’t think of photos during my quick preparation, so the have the sugar on them one is partially eaten. :>

 

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And here’s the iron:

 

 

 

 

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They were both a big hit at the party! What is your favorite dish to bring to a Christmas party?

 

 

 

 

 

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