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The Easiest Chocolate Chip Cookies You'll Ever Make (Gluten-Free, Too!)

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Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies?

I have lots of memories baking with my mom as a kid and eating gobs of Nestle Tollhouse cookie dough by the spoonful with my brother.

When I found today’s recipe and saw how simple it¬†was (and how basic the ingredients were!), I had to give it a try. I welcomed the addition of peanut butter into the mix because peanut butter makes just about everything taste even better ūüôā

The dough is free of refined white sugar, the usual 2 sticks of butter, and white flour in a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe, but make no mistake, even without those ingredients, these cookies are DELICIOUS, and I bet you already have ALL of the ingredients in your pantry!

I gave a¬†fresh just-out-of-the-oven cookie to Bill, and he took one bite, gave me a look that said¬†“holy cow these are awesome” and then proceeded to finish off the rest of cookie in a single¬†bite! We will be making these simple cookies again and again, and I guarantee you (and your kids) will love them.

Gluten-Free Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Servings: Our batch made about 18 cookies

Ingredients

1 cup creamy peanut butter, unsalted (preferably organic)
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup (we used honey)
1 whole egg, or a flax egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 tsp vanilla extract* (I added this ingredient to the original recipe)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (We use Enjoy Life dark chocolate morsels since they are free of dairy, gluten, and soy and contain only 2 ingredients)

*As you’ll see where I starred¬†above, I added about 3/4 tsp of vanilla extract (what cookie is complete without vanilla?!), and I think that helped to further enhance the flavor. Click here for the full recipe from The Detoxinista!

Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes with Creamy Cashew Frosting

Last week, we got a big container of strawberries in our weekly produce delivery and wanted to find a creative way to use them.

Strawberry season isn’t very long, so I try to take advantage of the fresh, local strawberries while I can.

Sooo, why not make some cupcakes?!

It's strawberry season! Who wants a cupcake? :)

Strawberries and lemon pair well together in this recipe.

I¬†was also intrigued by the creamy cashew icing, since I’ve used cashews in the past as a substitute in a lot of dairy-free recipes from paleo parmesan cheeze¬†and nacho cheeze sauce¬†to sour cream and¬†caramel apple dip. Cashews are versatile and help create a creamy consistency.

I could have eaten the icing by the spoon on its own, but I did leave enough to fully ice all of the cupcakes.

These cupcakes are gluten-free yet they stay super moist, unlike most gluten-free baking recipes, so I was really happy with the outcome.

The recipe calls for coconut flour, which you can find online at Amazon or Vitacoast and¬†at health food stores like Whole Foods, MOMs, and Wegmans, but I’ve also found it at Home Goods and Trader Joe’s JUST started selling it (for like $2.99/bag!). Since it’s becoming more popular, there’s a good chance your local grocery store will carry¬†it in the gluten-free aisle.

The recipes for both the cupcakes and the icing are included below ūüôā¬†I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did!

Strawberry Lemon Cupcakes with Creamy Cashew Icing

These taste as good as they look!

It’s strawberry season! Who wants a cupcake? ūüôā

Strawberry Lemon Cupcake Ingredients (Gluten-Free)

Makes 8 cupcakes

1/2 cup coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 large eggs
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
zest of one lemon
1/2 cup finely chopped strawberries

Click here for the cupcake recipe from a fellow health coach, The Detoxinista!

Cashew cream frosting - SO creamy and delicious!

Cashew cream frosting – SO creamy and delicious!

Creamy Cashew Icing Ingredients (Dairy-Free)

Makes 1 1/4 cups

3/4 cup raw cashews, soaked 2-3 hours and rinsed
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
3 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Click here for the cashew cream icing recipe.

Simply Amazing Chocolate Walnut Brownies

When I was in college, I was known by some of my friends as “Betty Crocker.” In addition to making chocolate chip cookies the size of your face, I was known for baking¬†cookies and cream brownies on a fairly regular basis for my husband’s fraternity brothers. They were always a huge hit!

Even though I cook and bake differently today, it’s important to me that healthier baking doesn’t mean “boring” or “bland” baking.¬†There’s no sense in eating healthy food if it tastes like cardboard, right? The goal to is to make¬†(and then eat!)¬†nourishing food that tastes delicious!

Last night, while Bill and I were watching The Voice, I brought him one of these chocolatey treats to sample, and he quickly gave it the hubby seal of approval. About a half hour later, he asked me if I needed him to sample another one. That was the sign I needed to know that these brownies were winners!

They are full of flavor, have a nice cakey texture, and smell amazing when they’re baking in the oven. We’ll be sharing them with our small group tonight ūüôā

Chocolate Walnut Brownies (Gluten-Free!)

Prepping all of the ingredients for these yummy chocolatey brownies!

Prepping all of the ingredients for these yummy chocolatey brownies!

Dry Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw walnuts (don’t have walnuts? you can use pecans instead)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (I used cacao powder)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 large organic eggs (if you can’t have eggs, you can try using a flaxseed egg, but I can’t promise you’ll get the same outcome!)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Click here for the full brownie recipe from one of my favorite blogs, Nourishing Meals!

Chocolate comes from cocoa, which is a tree. That makes it a plant. Therefore, chocolate is salad. The end :)

Chocolate comes from cocoa, which is a tree. That makes it a plant. Therefore, chocolate is salad. The end ūüôā

 

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