Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookie Recipe (Vegan, paleo, processed sugar and gluten-free)April 17, 2013
These cookies make me so flipping happy. Because, let’s face it, when you are putting all your effort into eating clean it’s really annoying when your husband breaks out a box of Joe Joe’s right in front of you. Ahem.
The word that comes to mind is Deprived.
We can feel deprived when we force ourselves to resist, or when we’re told we can’t eat something we want. We feel restricted. And that is a shittastic way to feel! No one wants that. Bad mojo, all around.
I never want any of my clients, or you, to feel deprived because you’re eating real, clean food.
How do we avoid it?
Let’s redefine Deprived.
By stepping out of the moment and taking a wider view I think we can shift our definition:
I know I am deprived when I wake up in the morning still feeling tired.
I am deprived when I want to play with my son but don’t have the energy or patience.
I am really deprived when my clothes don’t fit well and I walk around feeling self conscious.
Before I changed my diet, I often had fainting spells. That deprived me of a lot of good days because passing out on the subway is just not fun. Before I changed my diet, my blood sugar was always fluctuating wildly. That deprived me of being in a good mood. Not being in a good mood deprived me of having fun and connecting with people around me.
Deprived? Yes, I’ve been there.
Clean food makes me feel abundant.
So here’s the wider view:
Clean food is downright indulgent, because it helps me live better and enjoy every moment. I feel satisfied and even privileged when I have plenty of energy. I get sick less often. I have more pep in my step. I feel more confident in my skinny jeans.
There’s a smile on my face more often than not. It’s like magic!
Deprived? No way. This is way better than any Joe Joe.
And you know what really helps?
It helps to have options. Like a delicious, real, clean food cookie alternative! You want some right now, I know. Go ahead. No deprivation here, folks.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cookies
My friend Jessica gave her recipe for Joy Balls to share with my detox group and I modified it ever so slightly to appeal to my inner cookie monster. And yours. Upon tasting them, my husband told me they tasted more like cookie dough than cookies. He was right! The texture is like what you’d sneak off the spoon when your mom was making a batch.
16 oz. almond butter
1/2 tsp. salt (if almond butter doesn’t have salt)
1/2 cup unfiltered, raw honey
1 cup raw cacao nibs
3/4 cup nuts or seeds (I used walnuts and sunflower seeds)
1 cup raisins or chopped dates
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix with hands or spoon.
Roll into golf ball sized spheres, then flatten into discs. (If the mixture is not firm enough, refrigerate for about 30 minutes.)
Store in the fridge or freezer.
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