Being healthy doesn’t mean eating healthy all the time and that alone. There is so much more to that and it also means being able to have a balance. I’m not saying a balance of 50% healthy food and 50% unhealthy food. Unless that’s what works for you. If it is then don’t feel guilty about it. As the skinny chef, Jennifer Iserloh says, our diets don’t need to be perfect to be healthy. I think when we rid ourselves of the misunderstood stigma of what being ‘healthy’ means, we’re on our way to a more peaceful and balanced way of life.
Not that this is how it works for everyone, but here’s where our bio-individuality comes in. I’ve been trying to adopt a 90-10 lifestyle with 90% of the time eating well and trusting that I’m putting good whole fresh foods into my body while 10% of the time I’ll simply throw caution to the wind and have a treat. But here’s the catch. Don’t. Feel. Guilty. About. It.
Albeit I have my overly indulgent treats, but I also have my healthy treats that I see as a challenge. A challenge to make, because creating those delicious treats with ingredients that are nutritious, is a pain in the _____. But when I do get them right, it’s such a thrill!
So here’s (finally!!) my delectable chocolate chip cookies that are gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free! Enjoy!
1/2 cup almond flour
2/3 cup coconut flour
4 tbsp arrowroot starch (if you want them to be chewy, if not leave it out)
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup real maple/raw honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 160C/350F. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
2. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
3. Add the liquid ingredients to the bowl and mix well.
4. Add the chocolate chips and mix.
5. Leave in the fridge to let ingredients set for 10 minutes.
5. Scoop the dough and roll onto your palm into balls (it might break a little, but use heat from your palm to stick them together). Flatten them to how you want the cookie size to be and place on to the pan. You have to flatten them into discs yourselves as the cookies will not expand much.
6. Put in oven to bake for 12-15 minutes depending on the size of your cookies. They’re done when they’re golden brown.
7. Leave to cool and serve!