I have a major sweet tooth. Almost every time I go to the store lately I buy a box of gluten-free cookies. Sometimes I'm not even sure how they got in my cart. It just happens. Of course, once they're in the house it's a given those cookies will be eaten in a matter of days, if not hours. So to save myself from the processed sugar and flour and ensuing symptoms, I have to find ways to feed my inner cookie monster with healthier options. I'm not much of a baker, so I am delighted when I can find a recipe that is simple, easy, and made with whole, healthy ingredients that actually tastes good!
These cookies are a fun healthy-ish way to satisfy a sweet tooth in the middle of sugar-crazy Halloween season, and it's a great way to use that spirulina powder that's been languishing in the back of your cupboard.
Original recipe for superfood holiday cookies at Healthy Crush.
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix all ingredients except spirulina, cacao nibs, and berries in a food processor or bowl until it forms a dough. Add enough spirulina to get the desired color. Some brands are more fishy-tasting than others. I recommend Purium for a nearly flavorless powder - ask me about Purium gift cards.
Roll 1tbsp of dough in your hands to form a ball and press it onto a greased cookie sheet. Press cacao nibs and goji berries to form scary faces or any other ghoulish thing you can imagine!
Bake 8-12 minutes until edges begin to brown. Let cool for 10 minutes. Enjoy! Makes one dozen cookies.
Because what hippie health blog is complete without a granola recipe?
I make my granola in a huge batch in a crock pot every couple months. Crock pot granola is soooooo easy and way less likely to end up burnt than the oven kind. However, if you are someone who likes very crunchy granola, this is not for you. And if you need your crock pot to get 100% shiny clean between uses, this is also not for you. I use an older crockpot that is basically dedicated to this granola recipe and it has a bit of crust on it from all the charred honey around the edge. Unlike most pot meals, you can't just throw it in and leave it all day. You will need to stir every 15-25 minutes for 2 hours, so it's the perfect thing to do on a day when you'll be doing chores or crafting at home. That's about all you need to know! Now, the recipe:
Big thanks to Stephanie O'Dea's book "Make it Fast, Cook it Slow" for the origin of this recipe! Enjoy :)