Issue 21 • February 2014Recipes

Fit For Cookies

Contributions by Dawn Hutchins and Dana Merrill

Just because we lead fit and healthy lives doesn’t mean we can’t share in the sweet side of life. Try these heart healthy cookie recipes and see how wholesome ingredients add flavor dimension and bonus nutrients. Share them with friends or keep them for yourself…they’re decadently indulgent and deliciously healthy.

Samoa No-Bake Energy Bites, Serves 24, V, GF

2 cups rolled oats
1 cup creamy peanut butter (or nut or seed butter of choice)
2/3 cup honey or agave
2 cups shredded coconut
1/2 cup Mila
3/4 cups mini semi sweet chocolate chips
3 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
Mix all ingredients; refrigerate 30 minutes; roll into 24 1-inch balls and store in an air tight container.

These cookies are great frozen. Pop them in the freezer for at least 30 minutes, and you’ll have a cool, chewy treat that will satisfy any sweet tooth.

This recipe provided by Dawn Hutchins, food blogger and plant-based recipe creator. Through her work, Dawn promotes healthy body, mind and spirit in the community. Check out her blog at www.floridacoastalcooking.com or find her at Native Sun, where she helps inspire recipes and menu items.

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Whole Wheat Ginger Snaps, Serves 12, V

1cup packed brown sugar
3/4cup sunflower oil
1/4cup molasses
1 egg (I use 1tblsp ground flax + 3tblsp water as substitute)
2cups whole wheat flour
2tsp baking soda
1/4tsp salt
1tsp ground cinnamon
1tblsp ground ginger
1/3cup cinnamon/ sugar mixture for decorating

Preheat oven to 375F.
Mix brown sugar, oil, molasses and egg (or egg substitute).
Add dry items one at a time and mix well.
Roll into 1” balls, then roll each ball in cinnamon sugar mix.
Place 1-2” apart on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake for 10 min.

This recipe provided by Dana Merrill, a busy entrepreneur (representative for Juice Plus+ and Young Living Essential Oils) and health enthusiast. Her passion for healthy living, along with family food allergies, has led her experiment and perfect recipes in her home kitchen with her husband and two sons.

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