I am married to a cookie monster, he’s never met a cookie that he doesn’t like. What truly makes his inner cookie monster come out is when he walks into the kitchen and the smell of love, I mean cookies, smacks him in the face. I myself do enjoy a good cookie every now and again, and especially when accompanied by a hot cup of coffee or an afternoon Matcha latte and of course, my giant cookie monster.
So lets talk cookies, the good, the bad and the super ugly. Cookies can be tricky, not all of them are created equally. Most Packaged or store bought cookies contain an abundance of less than healthy ingredients and the most basic, traditional cookie recipe always includes those same nutrient void, blood sugar and inflammation spiking ingredients.
The “bad” ( I kind of hate using the word “bad”. I actually don’t think that we should label foods as “bad”. but for the sake of my earlier “the good, the bad and the ugly” comment we will just go with it, for now. Actually, you can expect more from me soon on mindful eating and why it’s not necessarily healthy to label foods as “good” or “bad”. Ok, back to the cookies…..
- All-purpose flour – low in fiber, causing blood sugar spikes that in the long term can cause diabetes and in the short term slumps in energy and brain function. APF contains Gluten, which I recommend eliminating or decreasing your intake of because its been found to cause some amount of gut inflammation in almost everybody. Inflammation in the gut can lead to poor absorption of nutrients, upset stomach, and reduced immune function.
- Sugar – well theres no getting around this one, if you don’t add some sort of sugar to your cookies, you’ll be eating a cracker and not a cookie. White sugar undergos bleaching and some heavy processing that strips it of minerals like calcium and iron. Luckily there are definitely better sugar options available, my favoutire being maple syrup. Maple Syrup contains higher levels of beneficial nutrients, antioxidants and phytochemicals. But lets be serious, you’ll only get tiny amounts in a spoonful, so it’s not exactly a health food. In other words, don’t be chugging it straight from the bottle, because Calorie wise, it’s about the same as white sugar.
Now for the Super Duper UGLY!
- Hydrogenated oil – Produced by a process where hydrogen is added to oils (a process called hydrogenation) to make them more solid. Hydrogenated oils can be sold directly as ‘spreads’, but are also used in the food industry in the manufacturing of many packaged foods, like cookies. The process of hydrogenation converts vegetable oils to transfats. Transfats are horrible for your health, they increase LDL “bad” cholesterol and decrease “good” HDL cholesterol and they produce inflammation in your body, making you more prone to develop disease. Avoid these oils at all costs!
Now lets talk the good, and the good being this delicious, wholesome recipe that I’m about to share with you. There is some magic, sweet magic in these cookies. They are chewy, gooey and absolutely delicious. Made with whole ingredients, no wheat flour or white refined sugar. They are also gluten and egg free!
Before I go ahead and share this recipe, I want to mention that even though these delicious cookies are made with whole, organic, gluten free ingredients, that doesnt translate to uber healthy. You probably shouldn’t forgo your afternoon salad for 4 oatmeal cookies. Moderation is key, so try to keep your inner cookie monster at bay and limit yourself to 1 a day (ha that rhymed). Most importantly, just enjoy!