chewy, spiced browned butter molasses cookies

Here they are…  the chewiest, moistest, yummiest, spiciest, most delicious (I ran out of “est”s), browned butter molasses cookies ever.

I tossed out my Christmas baking list and made two big batches of these in the last two days.  They are that good!

Chewy Browned Butter Molasses Cookies | Sweet Anna's

Oh you guys.  I’m sorry this recipe is coming so late today.  I tried so hard to get it done last night, but my computer decided it hated me, right about when I needed it most.

So, it became wine-o’clock and time for netflix until my frustration wore off.  A little wine and a good night’s sleep does wonders for a computer-induced bad attitude!

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almost sugar-free, no-bake style cookies (gluten-free)

I have to admit… I really didn’t know what to call these cookies. They remind me so much of no-bake cookies (fudgy, chocolatey, chewy, peanut-buttery, oat-y) but… they are baked!

Unfortunately, calling them ‘Baked Cookies’ just seemed silly.  So, ‘no-bake style cookies’ it is!

Whatever you call them, they are delicious, and almost even healthy!  (I won’t call them healthy, because they are cookies.  BUT, they have hardly any sugar, no gluten, no dairy…  it really doesn’t get much healthier than that for delicious chocolate cookies!)

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easy, homemade microwave sweet potato chips

Microwave sweet potato chips?  Really?!

 

That’s exactly what I thought when I first heard of this!  I have been ignoring the concept, until I started intensely craving sweet potato chips today and decided to do something about it.

Usually I make sweet potato fries, in the oven.  They are delicious, but always lack the ‘crunch’ I crave.

I was so skeptical of using the microwave, as I’m not a huge microwave user in general, but the more I thought about it, the more it started to make sense.

Have you ever tried to microwave something soft and moist, like bread, cake or cookies?  And you know how hard and dried out they get if they stay in there even a few seconds too long?

Well, use that drying-out to your advantage for some homemade chips!

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healthy peach berry crumble smoothies

These smoothies are a healthy meal in and of themselves.  All the sweet, luscious flavor of a summer-fruit smoothie and a juicy, peach berry crisp, without any of the guilt.

Dairy-free, sugar-free, and flavor-FULL!

(By the way… if you’re on the Fast Metabolism Diet like I was, this is a Phase 3 breakfast or lunch!)

Chia seeds and coconut oil give you the healthy fats your body craves, and no one (ahem, toddlers!) will ever know there are fresh greens packed inside their treat!

((Commence the silent cheering so as not to wake the house-full of sleeping kiddos!))

I don’t know about you, but my kids just don’t really eat too many green foods willingly.  And any way I can sneak more good-stuff into their tummies is a good thing!

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crazy healthy good chocolate chip pan cookie

Ok, maybe not super healthy, because this does have sugar in it.  But even that sugar is organic, and part of it good-for-you coconut palm sugar!

What does this cookie not have?  Flour, eggs, butter…  seriously.  I know.  Stop it already, right?

This cookie sounds crazy.  Almost horrible.  But so crazy that it is worth trying, if only just to say you did.

(Yep, that’s why I tried it.  My friend kept talking about it, for like – years, and I thought she was just a tad bit nutso.  But I also got tired of wondering why she kept talking about it and so, maybe just a little to shut her up if it was not good, I tried it.)

And you know what?  I am so glad I finally tried it!

And you will be glad you tried it…  and your friends and family will never know it’s so healthy, I promise!

I tested this out on myself, my husband, my kids, and even my father-in-law…  and everyone agreed that it does not taste one bit healthy.

Crazy, huh?

Ok, so what makes it so healthy, besides all that stuff that’s not in it?  Beans.  Garbanzo beans (aka Chickpeas.  They are the same thing.) to be exact.  Lots of beans.  And some apple sauce.  Weird, weird stuff.  So weird, you have to try it to believe it.

Seriously.  GO make this cookie.  You won’t regret it!!

If you don’t have a cast iron skillet already, this is my favorite one.

And click here for a great resource for caring for your cast iron skillets!

crazy healthy chocolate chip pan cookie

Ingredients

  • 3 cups garbanzo beans (2 cans, drained and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned or quick cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded or flaked coconut (either sweetened or unsweetened is fine)
  • 1/2 cup Wholesome Sweeteners organic coconut palm sugar (can substitute for more brown)
  • 1 cup Wholesome Sweeteners organic dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • (optional: additional chocolate chips and coconut for sprinkling on top)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Grease a 10" cast iron skillet, or a 9x13" baking dish, and set aside.

In a large food processor, combine all ingredients except the chocolate chips and pulse until well combined.

Dump the dough into a large bowl and stir in the chocolate chips. Spread everything into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown around the edges.

Let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving... with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top if you want to really trick your friends, I mean... be decadent!

http://sweetannas.com/2013/05/crazy-healthy-good-chocolate-chip-pan-cookie.html

Recipe adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie