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Aug 14

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

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Tell those regular chocolate chip cookies to move over. Today, white is the new black.

White chocolate chip cookies have been on our “to-bake list” for a while now. We’ve been dreaming up a cookie with buttery nuts and creamy white chocolate. Something involving bourbon vanilla and butter. This dream just kept sounding better and better and we were going to make them a reality!

healthy white chocolate cookies

We’ve been waiting to make these cookies until we came up with our healthy white chocolate chip recipe. White chocolate is impossible to find sugar-free (we still aren’t sure it even exists). Since we couldn’t find white chocolate chips that were made with natural ingredients, we finally made our own. Turns out that homemade white chocolate chips don’t taste too shabby and they bake pretty nicely. These chips actually don’t melt into a runny mess so they stay kind of fudgy even after baking. Yum!

white chocolate macadamia nut cookies

A bit less sweet than the artificially sweetened ones and with a richer, creamier flavor, these chips pack incredible flavor into sugar-free macadamia nut cookies. The results are luscious cookies with a balance of creamy and crunchy and chewy in every bite.

 

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Print Recipe

3 Sticks Organic Butter, softened
1 1/2 cups Coconut Sugar
1 cup Powdered Honey or Erythritol
3 Large Organic Eggs
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
4 1/3-4 1/2 cups Spelt Flour
2/3-3/4 cup Macadamia Nuts
2/3 cup Homemade White Chocolate Chunks or Chips

Cream together butter, coconut sugar and other sweetener in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Add the eggs and beat well. Add the rising agents and vanilla. Add 4 cups of spelt flour and mix. Add the last 1/3 cup and mix. If your dough is a bit too shiny, add an extra couple tablespoons. Dough shouldn’t be sticky or super oily. Mix in the nuts and chocolate chips. Scoop out dough into 1″ balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-8 minutes, or until cookies have become golden. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on baking sheet before removing. Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Yields 55-58 cookies

 


21
Aug 14

25 Healthy and Easy Coconut Sugar Recipes

We have been using coconut sugar for about 3 years now and we are soooo excited that this natural sweetener is gaining more popularity! It is an incredible white sugar alternatives with some great benefits. You have probably seen this sweetener at your local grocery store or healthy food store. You might know that coconut sugar is a natural sugar substitute and comes from coconut. What you might not know is that coconut sugar has an amazing brown sugar flavor despite the sugar’s name. For more on coconut sugar, see this post here.

It’s true that we love coconut sugar and if you take a look at our Recipes by Sweeteners under the coconut sugar section, there are a lot of coconut sugar recipes! For the beginner, this might seem overwhelming. We narrowed that list down to 25 recipes. These are our favorite tried-and-true, most made, most adored family favorite coconut sugar recipes. If you are just starting to experiment with sugar-free baking – start with these ones!

Naturally Sweet Coconut Sugar Recipes:

Peanut Butter Fudge Caramel Pretzel Candy Bars

peanut butter fudge caramel bars 2

Naturally Sweet Supreme Chocolate Brownies

Healthy Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

vegan chocolate chip cookies

Vegan Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Healthy Sweet Potato Chips

Chocolate Raspberry Roll Cake

Homemade Almond Baklava

almond baklava 2

Buckeye Brownies

Healthy Candied Pecans

Martha Stewart’s Chocolate Creme Brûlée

Martha Stewart's Creme Brulee

Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Blondies

French Silk Brownies

naturally sugar free french silk browniesHealthy Classic Gingerbread Cookies

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies

Naturally Sweet Cinnamon Pull-Apart Rolls

cinnamons pull aparts

Healthy Nutella

“Brown Sugar” Glazed Carrots

Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

Halfway Cookie Bars

Naturally Sweetened Halfway Cookies Bars

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

Healthy Cinnamon Baking Chips

Healthy Almond Butter Cookies

 

Coconut sugar is delicious in so many recipes! Try it and love it as much as we do!

If you have tried coconut sugar before, what are your favorite recipes using coconut sugar?

If you are new to coconut sugar, what recipes are you most interested to try?


15
Aug 14

Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Healthy Granola Oatmeal Bars

These healthy breakfast oat bars are all about the sweet and chewy factor. Bite into a chewy treat loaded with oats, coconut and honey! These healthy ingredients create a ridiculously addicting granola bar perfect for any morning or…. just right now!

healthy granola bar

We were recently invited by Reynolds Kitchens to remake one of their recipes from their site: reynoldskitchens.com. Check out your parchment paper, tin foil or cupcake wrappers for a reminder of this company. They don’t just make some of our favorite, most-used kitchen products, they also have a plethora of recipes and some fantastic baking tips for success in the kitchen!

One gaze at their recipe collection will entice you to try a few. It was hard to choose one recipe to remake for today but for now, we settled on making their Rise and Shine Healthy Breakfast Oatmeal Bars!

healthy oatmeal granola bars

These bars are so easy to make, they can be made ahead of time for all those busy mornings. They are chewier and softer than other granola bars so they stay intact a bit better and aren’t a crumbly mess for the car or train. They are the perfect snack or breakfast with a variety of textures to appease the sweet tooth and still give healthy boosts of energy and protein. Sweetened with honey for an incredible flavor and a tiny bit of coconut sugar for a chewy, caramelized bite, these bars are the perfect way to begin your morning.

healthy granola bars recipe

 

 

Healthy Oatmeal Breakfast Bars
Print Recipe

2 cups Rolled Oats
3/4 cup Walnut Halves and Pieces, roughly chopped
3/4 cup Shredded Coconut
3 tablespoons Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
3 tablespoons Coconut Oil
3/4 cup Honey
3 tablespoons Coconut Sugar
2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, combine the oats, walnuts, coconut, wheat flour, salt and cinnamon.
In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the coconut oil, honey, and coconut sugar for 1 minute and 30 seconds stirring every 15 seconds. Add the vanilla to this mixture and stir to combine. Add to the oat mixture and stir to combine, .

Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Press the mixture into a large rectangle and flatten and smooth as needed. Bake the bars for 20-22 minutes or until the bars have become golden and the edges begin to brown and caramelize.

Once done baking, cut into bars when warm. Break bars apart when cooled completely. Store bars stacked with wax or parchment paper in an airtight container for up to 4 days. These bars stay soft so they will stick together if not stored separated with paper.

 

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