During much of my life, I have been so addicted to cookies that there was a time when even seeing the word written out could trigger a binge! My friends had to write “ookies” or “seikooc”. Some of you reading today were actually there back then and can testify to this crazy truth! Can I get an Amen?
Happily I got off of cookies and moved on with my life.
But every now and then I wander back into the cookie field to test that electric fence. Is this thing still on?
“Yes, it is” I reply regretfully from the bottom of a sugar bowl into which I have once again tumbled.
Maybe one day I will be able to practice moderation with cookies, but if not, I am OK with staying away from them completely. It is more peaceful for me without the struggle.
Having a delicious substitute is also crucially important. I have posted these recipes before and anyone who has ever worked me with or bought any of my ebooks, has already experienced these wonders. But recently a long time friend from my seikooc’s day, confessed that although she had had these recipes forever, she had never tried them. When she did, she couldn’t believe she had waited so long.
- 1 1/2 cups walnuts
- pinch sea salt
- 13-14 large Medjool dates, pitted
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (you could also use mint extract or cherry extract, or orange...)
- Place walnuts and salt in a food processor.
- Process until finely ground.
- Add remaining ingredients and process until all mixed and uniformly crumbly.
- With the machine running, add a few drops of water at a time, just until the mass starts to stick together in a big ball. (Better to add too little that too much!)
- Roll mixture into balls or press into a square pan and cut into squares.
- Balls can then be rolled in dried coconut, chopped nuts, or cocoa powder if you wish.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- dash sea salt
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter (OK to leave out to make nut-free)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Put oats and salt in food processor.
- Process until finely ground.
- Add remaining ingredients and process until fully combined.
- Add a few drops of water if needed to form balls.
- Form into balls or press into a square pan and cut into squares.
Some may ask what is the difference between eating these and eating a real cookie. Calorically, there is no difference. Same amount of calories. My raw cookies have a bit more nutrition, fiber, protein and healthy fats. The fiber slows down the entry of sugar into your bloodstream.
But the big difference is that they do not cause binging the way real cookies do. I don’t know why, but I have never met anyone who binges on these after the first week of making them. (The first few times there is sometimes an excitement binge, but then it goes away).
I can, and do, keep these cookies in my fridge at all times. My kids eat them. Their friends eat them. I serve them to company. No one knows they are “healthy” or sugar-free. And my mind is peaceful with just eating one.
Maybe it is the lack of refined sugar, flour and fat? Maybe it is something else? Not sure, but they work.