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A deliciously similar taste without all the baking—and just three nutritious ingredients!
This may just be my favorite recipe creation…
I certainly remember days LONG ago when I’d lick the bowl clean after my mother made a batch of chocolate chip cookies. Hell, if it happened today, I don’t know that I wouldn’t at least take a sample…
But my taste buds have definitely changed and I’ve learned quite a bit about nutrition and healthier eating—so I was beyond thrilled when I stumbled upon this recipe. Seriously: I just happened to notice these ingredients around, and thought “why not?”—that’s how I make stuff: random experimenting! If I know two ingredients taste great separately, let’s see what happens when I combine them! :)
The Old Way…
Most “standard” chocolate chips contain eggs, butter, refined flour, sugar (white and brown), salt, and semi-sweet chips.
Now some things in that list are definitely horrible for you: refined flour and salt, refined sugar, and the chips with more added sugar and possibly other junk.
I’m not saying you couldn’t recreate a healthy (and still tasty!) version of those cookies, with farm-fresh eggs, grass-fed and hormone-free butter, whole wheat or nut flour, etc.—but that’s still a lot of work for a quick snack! And what if you want something dairy and gluten free??
Enter Cashew Butter “Cookie Dough.”
This is a ridiculously simple snack, just three ingredients, and everything is natural (cacao is even a superfood!).
You’ll want to find the purest Cashew Butter you can, without any added oils or salt—you can pick this up at Whole Foods, or check at your local grocery store. If you want to make this free of animal products, I’d recommend a drizzle of Grade B Maple Syrup instead of the Raw Honey.
I really enjoy recipes that can recreate foods I’m used to (or crave on occasion) and can do it with a healthy spin; I even think I’d prefer this combination more than the original cookie dough!
How to Make It:
Makes 1 serving; Takes 2 minutes
1 spoonful of Cashew Butter (refrigerated)
- Take one spoonful of the cashew butter.
- Drizzle a small amount of raw honey.
- Sprinkle a few cacao nibs.
All the joy of eating something “decadent” without the negative side effects.
Bonus: make these in small paper cups and freeze for homemade “cashew butter cups!”
Cashew Butter Cups along with some awesomely delicious and nutritious Lotus Fudge from Kauai—I made 4 different kinds of fudge: mac nut, walnut, plain, and with cacao nibs! Yeah, I know how to party. ;)
Did you know?
Raw honey is a naturally delicious alternative to white sugar, is not as severe to our blood sugar, and contains numerous antioxidants.
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Gonna try the Cashew Butter Cookie Dough? Do you have a favorite and healthy version of a snack?
I’d love to hear your response + any other thoughts you have below.
From the road…
p.s. I’m throwing a free virtual smoothie cooking class THIS Thursday, 4/25 with a Nutritionist—sign up here!
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