If I told you these cookies were both gluten and dairy free, you may not believe me. They’re THAT good!
There was a girl that used to work with me. Her name was Angie. She was health conscious and tried to make better food decisions for herself as well as her family. Maybe that’s why we became really good friends. 🙂 Well, one day she had brought in these “cookies”. I took one look at them and I knew I wanted one. There were flecks of chocolate, nuts and chia seeds. I had to have the recipe. Luckily for me, she wrote down what she could remember. And the first thing I did when I got home? I made some darn good-for-you cookies.
I’ve made a few variations of these cookies. I would swap out walnuts for almonds, dried cherries for raisins, chocolate for white chocolate. These however, are my favorite. It’s obvious I love anything coconut and chocolate. (here and here … oh, and here), but feel free to add your favorite combos.
These cookies aren’t overly sweet (depends on how much honey/chocolate you use). They could be gluten-free, and holds everything that is good for your body. I kind of feel guilty calling these bad boys cookies, but that just makes it more treat-worthy 😉 Not a fan of cookies (do those people exist?!), then make them into bars. Problem solved. 😉
I recently found these gems at Trader Joes. Now, I’m not always a fan of gingerbread but when the holidays roll around, I can’t get enough. Gosh, what’s wrong with me? 😉 …
Anyway, those cookies are so delicious and before I knew it, I had ate Mr. Gingerbread and his entire extended family … and their cousins. Whoops. They’re small and very, very addictive. It’s not until half the box is gone when I realized they are a whopping 2pp each. EACH! Insanity!
From that moment on, those were only for my husband and I placed them out of my sight. So now what am I going to do about my gingerbread craving during the holidays? I’ll tell you what I’m going to do … I’m going to eat gingerbread. Yep, gingerbread … in a raw, clean eating, no bake form. Finally, something I can feel good about eating. (I’ve been on a raw/clean eating kick lately … remember these?)
Oh! And after one bar, I’m completely satisfied. One is all I needed. There’s no going back and forth into the box, pulling out innocent gingerbread babies. See, we’re saving lives! 🙂 Continue reading “raw gingerbread bars”
These little babies are the perfect 2 bites (or pop ’em in whole) of the classic peanut butter and jelly … in cookie form! Then, we fancy it up with the “thumbprint” detail and fill that crater with jam. Oh la la.
This recipe uses PB2 (powdered peanut butter, which you’ve probably notice I use a lot in my recipes) and has no eggs or oil. Awesome! The cookies came out nice and soft, almost like a no-bake consistency (which I prefer most of the time).
I grew up with grape jelly being the only companion to peanut butter. Strawberry? Ew. Blueberry? Gross. My, oh my, how things have changed. Grape is the last flavor I seem to reach for these days. I pulled for the strawberry jam this time for the thumbprint cookies, and that decision was well rewarded in my belly. However, feel free to use whichever jam/jelly you have on hand!
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