Cookies. We definitely look at cookies as a ‘no-no’, right? I mean, who says the word cookies and thinks, “Hmmm, that’ll be a healthy choice”? Not many ….and not every often do the 2 words <cookies and healthy> go hand in hand. Well, if I were to tell you that these cookies are not only not bad for you, but actually good for you, would you make them?
With that thought, I’m sure there are many skeptical people that would wonder how good a cookie will taste if the word ‘healthy’ is linked along with it. My family is notorious for saying, “Are these a healthy version or the real thing?” And that goes with all and everything I cook. They see mashed cauliflower in a pot and it really does resemble mashed potatoes, so that inevitable question comes out of their mouths, “Are these the real thing or a healthier version of it….?” I ALWAYS try and add nutrition to anything I prepare and cookies are no exception.
So let’s see — what are ways you can add nutrients to a meal? Sprinkle turmeric into savory foods, add collagen peptides to baked goods, put a handful of spinach into your smoothies, add fat (avocado, ghee, coconut oil or even nut butters) to a meal/recipe as well as coffee! There are many little tricks you can do to add just a little more nutrition to something you’re eating or drinking that won’t change flavor, unless you want it to.
I added Vanilla Collagen Fuel to these cookies but you can certainly add any collagen you wish. By adding the vanilla collagen, I was able to keep the sweetener to a minimum but if you have a favorite non flavored collagen it’ll work just fine, just see notes to adjust the ingredients if you want to keep these a vanilla flavored cookie.
So, you see – you can make these cookies and eat them too! You will feel good about handing one (or 2) of these to your little ones and know that they’ll be getting some protein, healthy fats and won’t be bouncing off the walls because of a huge sugar rush. I say that’s a win-win! I personally like to nibble on one with a cup of coffee but perhaps you don’t give coffee to your children and stick with milk. Either way, you’ll enjoy these and not feel all the guilt that normally occurs with a packaged cookie you would grab at the grocery store. Go ahead ….make ’em! And then eat them & ENJOY!
- 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
- 1/4 cup cashew butter
- 1 large egg
- 1 scoop Primal Kitchen Vanilla Protein Collagen*
- 1/2 tbsp coconut oil, melted but cooled
- 2 tbsp raisins
- 2 tbsp almond slivers
- Pinch of salt
- *optional: 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Whisk almond flour, protein powder and salt in small bowl. Add in coconut sugar if using.
- In large bowl, mix together the cashew butter, coconut oil and egg. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients to combine.
- Stir in the raisins and almond slivers. Using a small scooper, place dollops of cookie dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 12-15 min. Makes 1 dozen.
- *Sub 1 tsp pure vanilla extract if not using flavored collagen and add in 2 tbsp coconut sugar