Nutrition from a Nuthouse – Sweet Treat Tuesday
I would like to wish everyone HAPPY SWEET TREAT TUESDAY!
For the longest time I tried to hide “sweets” from my two year old. We don’t keep to many sweets around our house so it was easy for awhile. To him, the sweetest of treats were strawberries, pears, rasperries and blueberries. Oh, how delicious and yummy they were. THEN while my back was turned, someone gave him a cookie. ‘Cookie’ became his new favorite word. Nothing was as good as a cookie. I have since gone on to teach him that sweet treats are okay to have every now and then. He knows that to many will give us a tummy ache and are not happy for our teeth.
When we do indulge in sweets at our house, I try to make them myself so I know exactly what we goes in the ingredients and into our bodies. I find it important to avoid the unfavorable ingredients often hidden in pre-made, processed sweets. Some of my experiments are a tasty success and some are a flat, unfavorable work in progress. Succeed and fail….the beautiful lessons of life.
EAT. GROW. BLOOM.
I played around with ingredients for Sweet Treat Tuesday while I had the kitchen and house to myself.
Good GOLLY! The house to MYSELF! No short, mini-fun sized humans yelling “Mommy! Mommy!” I put on music (that did not consist of the alphabet, Raffi, or grown up men with accents wearing bright colors and singing about wiggling). I threw the ball for Brody and chased him around the yard. I gleefully jumped on the trampoline that I didn’t have to share with anyone. I admit, I got distracted. Then I went back inside to bake for Sweet Treat Tuesday.
As I was saying…..THESE sweet treats that I made were considered a success. I had people taste them and after, the following quotes were recorded:
“HOLY DELICIOUS (all caps).”
“Erin- these cookies changed my life.”
“Can I have the recipe?”
“Erin- why didn’t you save any cookies for me? I didn’t get one. You never save me anything. You just tell me about it later. Not cool.”
“Dear Erin, Thank you for the cookie. After I ate it, I received a raise at work. Incredible.”
Okay, maybe the last one wasn’t really said….but the feedback I got certainly was positive. Anyway- give them a try, play around with the recipe and please note that if you have or think you have a NUT ALLERGY, these cookies are NOT for you! Nope.
Cookies from a Nuthouse
- 2 cups almond flour
- ~1.5 cup chopped up pecans (I used a mini food processor which I recommend so they turn into a more buttery consistancy)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup-1 cup coconut oil , melted (I didn’t measure exactly so somewhere around there)
- 1/2 cup honey
- Dark chocolate (amount up to you, I used an entire 100% dark chocolate bar chopped up which made them look sweet but I also added a little over 1 cup of 60% dark chocolate chips to actually make them sweet.)
Put on some good music. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Work on some of your favorite dance moves. Measure and mix wet ingredients together. In another bowl measure dry ingredients. Mix all ingredients together in a big bowl. Or if you are like me and wish to wash 1 bowl versus 3 bowls, just mix all the ingredients together right away. I know there is a reason to do it in steps…but I will be honest, nothing strange happened when I combined all the ingredients at once.
Taste the cookie dough. So good. Now do 10 burpees for tasting. Shame on you.
On a cookie sheet (spray with olive oil or rub with coconut oil so they don’t stick), scoop the cookie dough evenly on the cookie sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes or until cookies are browning and appear done. Every oven is different so pay attention. Let them cool, then share (or don’t) and ENJOY!
- 100% dark chocolate will look chocolatey, sweet and delicious. It’s not. Try between 60% (very sweet) and 85% (a bit less sweet) for a balance of sweetness.
- Dark chocolate contains flavonoids which act as antioxidants and may help lower blood pressure and reduce LDL (bad cholesterol). Antioxidants help break up free radicals (yuckiness floating around) in our body. High five!
- Dark Chocolate stimulates endorphin production (chemicals in the brain that make us feel happy). High five again!
~EK Ferner, RD, LDN
Besides being an athlete, crossfit coach, and a mom of crazy boys- I am a registered dietitian and licensed dietitian/nutritionist (RD, LDN). I passionately promote living a happy, healthy and positive lifestyle through nutrition, exercise and humor.