After a few too many days of crepes and fish and chips this last week, my body is in need of a serious cleanse.
My guilt was doubled when I was reminded of a couple conversations and emails asking about the candida diet. I was reminded of my very healthy, very good eating habits that have since dwindled. You can read a little more about our experiences with this diet in our about page and how this diet really started us on this naturally sweet blog. Whether candida is a problem or not, occasionally eating foods that are candida friendly is a great way to maintain a healthy, alkaline body. We don’t claim that this diet will heal all ailments, but we have found it to improve our own health.
One of the best things that can be done while on a candida cleanse is to increase raw vegetables and nuts. However, just living off of veggies for several weeks is no fun! For greater chance of success and staying devoted to the cleanse, yummy snacks and treats are in order!
These candida cookies are a great example of one treat we would eat when we followed the candida diet. You might be surprised that some of the items on the list are acceptable for the diet. I know I was!
These cookies contain healthy fats, grains and sugars that are all acceptable for the diet. The cinnamon enhances flavor, reduces inflammation and promotes good digestion. The xylitol sweetens these cookies while helping to kill the candida! That’s a pretty sweet deal for a cookie!
Candida Killing Cinnamon Cookies (vegan)
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon Natural Unsweetened Almond Butter
1 teaspoon Ground Flax Seed
3 Tablespoons Xylitol
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Sea or Pink Salt
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract*
2 teaspoons Cinnamon
1/2 cups Spelt Flour, Almond Flour or Coconut Flour**
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, mix together the coconut oil, almond butter and flax together until combined. Add the xylitol, baking soda, baking powder, salt and vanilla. Mix well.
Add the cinnamon and flour and mix until combined. The dough should not be overly sticky. Scoop out the dough into small balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 7-8 minutes.
*If doing the candida diet, you’ll want to verify that the extracts you use have absolutely no sugars added to them! This may be a good idea in general, but it is even more important when trying to kill off yeast and sugar overgrowth.
**If your almond butter is really oily, you may need an extra tablespoon or two of flour, especially if using coconut or almond. The dough should be shiny yet roll-able and hold a shape.
Makes 6-7 cookies