Happy halfway point of October Unprocessed! These past 2+ weeks have been a challenge, for sure, but one that I’ve taken to heart and done as well as I can – while still living life. During the Google chat yesterday hosted by Andrew from Eating Rules, his guest Yoni Freedhoff made the excellent point that while we should do as best as we can with being 100% unprocessed, we also have to take into account that we are all living, active humans whose priorities may not always be food-focused. And that’s ok – we shouldn’t beat ourselves up for “failing” and eating a refined carb & sugar slice of cake. Because you know what? That cake tasted darn good. And what’s the point of living a long and physically healthy life if you can’t indulge and enjoy every now and then? We need to learn to make the decisions that are right for US. Rather than shaming ourselves into a corner with crazy-restrictive diets to “lose weight.”
Point being…eat well! Eat healthy! Live your life and try to incorporate as many unprocessed foods, ingredients and meals into that life. But don’t hate yourself for slipping up or indulging. That’s what makes life a tad more interesting
So onto the recipe! Cakes and cookies should be reserved for an occasional treat. But sometimes, you just have a sweet craving that you must cave into. Ok, maybe I’m just speaking for myself here.
Earlier in the month, I posted a household favorite: cookie stuff. The version my sister and I make varies each time, but is always delicious. I noticed, though, that I could make it even healthier than it already was. So here’s the healthiest possible version I can think of. It’s base is oats. The cocoa powder and cinnamon are full of health benefits, the nut butter contains healthy fats and protein, and a little bit of sweetener isn’t THAT bad for you ;) If you have any alterations, let me know! What’s baking if not for improvement.
Cocoa Cookie Stuff, altered from Peanut Butter Cookie Stuff
Serves 2 (or 1…I won’t tell)
- 3/4 C rolled oats (2/3 C ground oats)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- a few grinds of sea salt
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp nut butter (I used sunbutter)
- 3 tbsp skim or nondairy milk
Preheat oven to 375. Grease a small ramekin dish.
Grind oats in a food processor. Transfer to medium bowl and mix together with soda, cocoa powder, salt and cinnamon. Stir well.
Stir in melted sweetener, nut butter and milk until well combined.
Transfer to greased dish and bake for 9 minutes.
Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 5 minutes before you dig in. Prepare yourself for a super chocolately “cookie” and have no guilt as a result!