I’m always looking for ways to get my family to eat healthier on a very tight budget. One of our staples around the house is some sort of healthy baked good. We go through seasons of muffins that give way to seasons of cookies around here. We have been in a cookie season of late and I’ve wanted to change things up. At the end of the year last year, as a way to cut costs, I started using organic white flour for our baked goods. It’s better than non-organic white flour but not as good as coconut flour.
I had a difficult time finding a recipe that worked for us. So, I came up with my own. We use organic ingredients, including raw honey and raw milk to ensure that it’s a good-for-you treat 🙂
Here are the very simple ingredients:
1/2 cup coconut flour
3/4 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
pinch sea salt
1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 organic peanut butter
2/3 cup raw honey
1/4 cup raw milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
dark chocolate chips, as desired
1. Preheat the over at 350.
2. Heat a small pan on low and add the coconut oil, peanut butter, and honey (be sure to put the honey in last so that it doesn’t burn). Remove from heat as soon as most of it is melted. Mix together and let cool.
3. Meanwhile, combine coconut flour, rolled oats, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.
4. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract to the cooled off peanut butter mixture in the pan. Then, mix in to the dry ingredients.
5. Let that sit for at least 5 minutes before adding the yummy chocolate goodness…I mean, the chocolate chips 😉
6. Use a tablespoon to drop balls of cookies onto a parchment lined cookie sheet about one inch apart. (Sometimes I place them closer than an inch apart because I don’t want to use a second cookie sheet, as you can see here.)
7. Bake for 10-13 minutes until lightly golden.
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Tasty Bite Rice Pouches — on sale for $1.50 each
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Tasty Bite Entrees — on sale for $2 each
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Russet Potatoes — on sale for 50 cents per pound.
Green Cabbage — on sale for 50 cents per pound.
Happy Baby Pouches — on sale for $1.25 each
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Green Seedless Grapes — on sale for 88 cents per pound.
Braeburn or Granny Smith Apples — on sale for 98 cents per pound.
Bartlett Pears — on sale for 98 cents per pound.
Celery — on sale for 98 cents per bunch.
Green Beans — on sale for 98 cents per pound.
Zucchini Squash — on sale for 98 cents per pound.
Roma Tomatoes — on sale for 98 cents per pound.
Food Should Taste Good Chips — on sale for $2 per bag
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Would you like to eat a cookie that you can feel good about? How about one could could feel good about letting your children eat? If you can use a recipe like that, then read on! I ask those questions because that’s how I think about the food we eat. I’m always looking for the healthy-tasty combination, especially for my children.
We make various baked goods around here. But, lately my husband and daughter have continued to request our latest favorite coconut flour chocolate muffin recipe. My two-year-old son, however, won’t bother at all with the muffins. They just don’t interest him. I don’t think that he has even tasted them. But, with his very limited vocabulary, he recently asked for cookies. I used to make cookies all the time; but, the muffins changed that. So, when he-who-barely-speaks requests cookies, Mama finds a recipe! I found it over at Primal Palate and followed it pretty closely. I think my only variation was not really measuring the vanilla extract, which meant that I probably used 2-3 times as much as the recipe calls for 🙂 Also, I added a step because I know that coconut flour needs just a little bit of time to absorb the moisture. So, I always like to give it at least 5 minutes before stirring in the chocolate chips and baking.
3/4 cup chocolate chips1/8 tsp salt1/2 cup coconut oil1 cup coconut flour4 eggs1/2 cup honey1/2 cup shredded coconut1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a medium sized bowl, combine eggs, coconut oil, honey, vanilla extract and salt.
- Once mixed, blend in the coconut flour.
- Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before adding the coconut and chocolate chips. (Trust me. It makes a difference.)
- Stir in shredded coconut and chocolate chips.
- On parchment lined baking sheets, drop heaping tablespoons of cookie batter.
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Enjoy and feel good about them. 🙂
What’s your favorite healthy treat?
You may have noticed that the apple deals have begun! Yay! I'm a big fan of apples. I eat at least an apple a day, as long as we have them around the house. And, they are a staple around here. My children like getting apple sticks at a morning or afternoon snack. As far as I'm concerned, few things top eating apples fresh. However, there are lots of things you can do with apples. I encourage you to take advantage of the apple deals you see! This week Sprouts has organic Pink Lady apples for only $.69/lb. I noticed that this coming week, they will be on sale for $.99/lb. That's still a very good deal when you consider how much organic apples (or fruit of any kind, for that matter) cost!
So, as we enter into apple season, also known as Fall, I thought I'd share a few ideas on how to use all those apples without getting tired of them! 🙂
It's Fall and it's apple season. Enjoy the comfort and yummy-ness of hot apple pie! Why not?
Apple-Cheddar Cheese Snacks
I was in a line at the airport once when someone shared this idea with me. I think we were talking about apple pie and the woman in front of me said she uses a recipe that includes cheddar cheese in her pie. I hadn't heard of the combination. She encouraged me to simply try apple and cheddar cheese together and see how good it tastes. I gave it a try and thoroughly enjoyed it. It makes for an easy, nutritious snack.
Chopped apples taste great in salad. Toss them in a spinach salad–or any green salad–with some walnuts, in a chicken salad or even potato salad or coleslaw (if you're still making those “summer” foods).
Make some apple chips. I've thought about it but haven't done it…yet. Here's a recipe that looks easy and healthy.
What's your favorite way to eat apples?