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Friday, March 6, 2015

Clean Eating No Bake Cookies

We whipped up this small batch of no bake cookies and adapted it to a clean eating recipe for a tasty afternoon treat. These cookies were amazing and went too fast. I am already craving more! They had a satisfying, chewy texture with a slight crunch and a creamy chocolaty, peanut buttery sweetness. It only took about twenty minutes from start to finish. I love how simple and quick this recipe is which is a must if I am going to be making it in my kitchen :D


 
 
 Clean Eating No Bake Cookies

 1/2 Cup Honey
 1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
 1 1/4 Cup Rolled Oats
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla

 Bring first four ingredients to a boil and boil for two minutes. Remove from heat and add oats and vanilla. Mix thoroughly and drop by spoonful onto wax paper. Let cool 10-20 minutes. Makes 12 cookies. Just enough but not too much :)

Nutritional values: 169.81 Calories 11.12 g fat .9 g sodium 25.66 Carbohydrates 2.5 g Fiber 11.63 g Sugar 5.47 g Protein
 
We have already talked about the benefits of honey and coconut oil here. These cookies have the added benefits of cocoa powder which provides zinc, magnesium, iron, and manganese. Cocoa powder also contains the flavonoids epicatechin and catechin which are antioxidants that reduce inflammation. This causes blood vessels to relax and lowers blood pressure which is one reason experts claim dark chocolate is good for the heart. 

Oats are considered to be a heart healthy food as well due to the unique fiber beta glucan. This fiber helps clear bad cholesterol from the digestive system which prevents it from entering the blood stream. Beta glucan also stabilizes blood sugar and heightens your body's immune function. 

Could these cookies be considered a "super food"?  They certainly are a super treat to my family! Let me know if you try them :)


Grace and peace,
Adoring Family

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