Tuesday, January 22, 2013

365 Inspirations—22: Homemade Cookies (Grain and Sugar Free!)

"Baking cookies is comforting, and cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal."—Sandra Lee

  I recently made homemade peanut butter cookies that are actually grain and sugar free! That means they are GOOD for you too! I'm on a restricted diet and can't eat any refined sugar or grains due to digestive issues. I have to look at labels carefully and I eat a lot of smoothies, fresh juice, lots of veggies and fish or meat. However, I still LOVE desserts.

Just because you decide to do away with refined sugar and grains, does not mean you can't have cookies. You just have to be creative. These cookies are packed with protein and will not give you a sugar crash. In fact, they will lift you up and you'll be ready to do just about anything. They are great in a lunch box or when you are on the run and need a quick pick-me-up!

Here's the recipe:

1 cup of organic crunchy peanut butter with no sugar added
1/2 cup of honey
2 eggs
1 tsp of vanilla
1/2 cup of butter
2 1/2 cups of almond flour (almond meal)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
Handful of walnuts and raisins

Mix the almond flour and baking soda, salt and almond flour together and set aside. Mix the other ingredients with a mixer. Gradually add the dry ingredients while mixer is going. If you feel you'd like thicker dough, add a bit more almond flour. Finally add in the walnuts and raisins. You'll need to put this dough in the refrigerator for about an hour for it to firm up. Roll the dough into one inch balls and then press down on cookie sheet with back of fork. Cook at 375 degrees for about 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. These are not super sweet, but if you'd like them sweeter, add a bit more honey.

Mine came out so soft and peanutty! I've already eaten quite a few! I often get inspired in the kitchen to try new things, especially with the new diet that I'm on. I feel so much healthier without grains and sugar. I no longer drink coffee either. Tomorrow I will blog about a book I read that changed my life and diet. I feel like I have so much more energy these days and I'm very grateful to the author.

I've realized that eating healthy can actually be fun and it has inspired me to be creative and experiment with new things in the kitchen.

Do you like cooking new things? What is your favorite thing to cook? Do you ever experiment with recipes for restricted diets? 


  1. I love cooking new things! Sadly, I am not the world's best cook and the recipes rarely turn out the way that that they're supposed to :)

    1. It all about experimentation. Some of my recipes work out and some don't and I'm always creating new things without recipes in the kitchen. It's my science lab (ha, ha!) I'm sure you have made something delicious!!!

  2. The cookies sound good, though I would have to find a substitute for the almond flour and walnuts because I'm allergic to nuts. :-(

    I have digestive issues, too, and have been experimenting with what I eat and drink. I've tried to cut down on sugar, but I still eat too many simple carbs. I'll look forward to reading about the book that helped you so much.

    1. Yes, lots of people are allergic to nuts, so these wouldn't work. I'm a bit sensitive to them, so have to go easy (one cookie a day....it's hard!) Cutting down on sugar and carbs got rid of a lot of other symptoms..stay tuned for that post tomorrow!!!!

    2. I highly recommend the cookbook Paleo Indulgences by Tammy Credicott. Her one minute cake (I think that's what it's called) is worth the purchase price. I eat a very restricted diet -- no grains, no refined sugars, etc and I make things out of that cookbook when I need a dessert. I also have a great recipe for banana bread that uses maple syrup, bananas, almond and coconut flour if you are interested. Yum!

  3. I just put a link on my (new) Blog to this interesting post (the post is "planed" and will be published on coming Saturday 5 PM MEST).

    Thanks again for your inspiration, take care and have a good week end...