Don’t you just love the aroma of fresh, homemade cookies baking in the oven? There is room in a health-conscious lifestyle for the occasional treat. Enjoy my chocolate chip cookie recipes this holiday season—They are a delicious, decadent, but healthier, option than most.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cookies are so decadent that you won’t know they are full of heart-healthy and thyroid-balancing coconut oil instead of the usual butter or hydrogenated fats like margarine. The medium-chain triglycerides, a type of healthy fat, helps to reset the metabolic rate of the thyroid gland (resulting in weight loss for people who are overweight due to a sluggish thyroid), increases fat burning, reduces the risk of atherosclerosis, helps prevent viral, bacterial, and fungal infections, supports healthy immune system function, helps prevent osteoporosis, is excellent for diabetes, nourishes the skin, and much more. Plus, you’ll enjoy the antioxidant rich chocolate chips, particularly if you choose organic, dark chocolate chips. While these cookies contain many health benefits, they should still be enjoyed in moderation. Happy holidays!
2/3 cup coconut oil
¾ cup organic, raw sugar
1 Tbsp. pure vanilla extract
2-1/4 cups whole kamut or spelt flour
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda
½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt or other type of unrefined sea salt
2 cups organic chocolate chips (preferably dark chocolate chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips in a mixer or food processor until thoroughly blended. Add the chocolate chips and mix by hand. Place by medium-sized spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20-25 minutes depending on cookie size (until golden). NOTE: The cookies will spread out so leave enough space on the cookie sheet to allow for expansion.
Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, PhD, RNCP, ROHP, is an internationally best-selling and eleven-time book author, clinical nutritionist, and doctor of traditional natural medicine. Her books include: The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan and The Vitality Diet. Subscribe to her free e-newsletter, World’s Healthiest News.
From November 15 through December 14, Intentblog is launching its first-ever 30 Days of Healthy Indulgences, where every day for 30 days we are inviting bloggers from all over the health and wellness space to contribute their favorite healthy indulgent recipe in time for the holiday season. Please keep checking back for more recipes!
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