If you think that being 'healthy' means restricted diets, boring food, leafy salads, fruit..but not too much, zero sugar, no carbs, no fat (because fat makes you fat), and no fun, then you are doing it completely wrong!
When I first started my health and fitness journey, my mission was to ENJOY the process, because I knew that if I didn't enjoy it, I would go back to my old ways faster than a fat lady can demolish a packet of Tim Tams (aka the old me).
To me, this meant experimenting in the kitchen with healthy alternatives to my old nasty addictions - and it's simple to say that I instantly fell in love and haven't looked back once (this is saying a lot for a girl who used to sneakily wake up early to devour the last few slices of takeaway pizza and Cadbury chocolate from the previous night, before going back to bed and pretending it wasn't me when the rest of the family awoke so that I could then enjoy a big greasy Sunday breakfast.. gross I know).
One of my favourite recipes is the classic Choc Chip Cookie. This recipe is so moist, flavoursome and healthy, whilst still satisfying your 3pm sugar cravings. Unfortunately, I can only give you the recipe, the self-control to not eat all of them at once must come from you!
GUILT FREE CHOC CHIP COOKIES
Makes 10-12 (depending on the size)
Vegan | Gluten Free | Refined Sugar Free | Dairy Free
2/3 cup almond meal
1/2 cup spelt flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs (to make these refined sugar free, opt for a clean vegan chocolate - I use Loving Earth)
Pinch of pink himalayan salt
1/3 cup coconut oil
6 medjool dates, with the pits removed
2 tbsp rice malt syrup (pure maple syrup or honey work perfectly too)
1 tbsp of 100% peanut butter (or other nut butter of your choice)
1 tbsp tahini (you can just substitute for nut butter if you don’t have tahini)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pre heat your oven to 180°C fan forced and line a baking tray. In a small bowl, cover the medjool dates with boiling water and set aside for 5 minutes
In a large mixing bowl, add all of the dry ingredients and stir to combine
Drain the boiling water from the medjool dates, and add them to a blender with the other wet ingredients. Blend for a few seconds until all ingredients are combined and the dates are well pureed (if you don't have a blender, just thoroughly mash the medjool dates with a fork and then combine all of the wet ingredients)
Add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until a dough forms - don't be scared to get your hands dirty!
Roll into small balls and place onto a lined baking tray
Use your finger or the back of a fork to press the cookie dough down into your desired cookie shape
Bake in the oven for 12-14 minutes or until the cookies are slightly brown
*Tip: Enjoy these cookies with a glass of cold nut milk - my favourite is coconut! I can promise you that healthy food is NOT boring at all... you just have to know how to make it...and that's what I'm here for!
I hope you enjoy this recipe, there will be many more!