Recipe

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE, OAT & GINGER COOKIES!

Are you surprise that I have a cookie recipe two days after I ended Whole30?! These past few days off of my diet I've found myself really being intentional and wanting to make better choices. For some meals, I'm still eating Whole30 compliant. For treats, I'm looking for ways to make them healthier and a better option. Since I've been craving cookies like a mad woman I wanted to create something that would satisfy that craving but still offer yummy health benefits.

PLUS, any excuse I can create that includes me using my essential oils, I'm in! ;)

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These are simple to make, they include mainly rolled oats, dark chocolate and only 4 tablespoons of brown sugar. So they are WAY less sugary than most cookies. Also, they are YUMMY and the oats make them really filling. Not too sweet, just sweet enough. Plus that ginger spice after-taste from the EOs is killer!! Let's get to baking!

INGREDIANTS
* 3/4 Cup Rolled Oat Flour (easy to make, see below!)
* 1/2 Cup Regular Rolled Oats
* 1/4 Cup Quick Oats
* Pinch of Pink Salt
* 3/4 Teaspoon of Baking Soda
* 2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
* 4 drops Ginger Essential Oil
* 2 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil 
* Large Egg
* 4 Tablespoons of Dark Brown Sugar
* 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
* 1/4 Cup Coconut Butter (you can make your own! blog post coming soon!)
* 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips

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STEP ONE: In a food processor, add in 1 cup of rolled oats. Mix until it becomes a floury texture. Measure out 3/4 Cup of your oat flour and add to a mixing bowl. 

STEP TWO: Mix together your oat flour, rolled oats, quick oats, baking soda and pink salt into a bowl and set aside. 

STEP THREE: In a separate mixing bowl add in your vanilla extract, ginger oil, cinnamon oil, large egg, dark brown sugar, melted coconut oil & melted coconut butter. Note: Before adding in the coconut oil/butter after it's melted, let it cool for just a bit before adding! 

STEP FOUR: Add your wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and stir until blended. Fold in your chocolate chips. Store your dough in the fridge for 30-40 minutes to firm everything up. 

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STEP FIVE: Preheat oven to 350F, use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon and roll into balls, make sure they are packed tightly so they don't fall apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden around the edges. Let cookies cool, they will firm up! 

Enjoy my sweet friends!! 
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COCONUT & ESSENTIAL OIL FAT BALLS!

A few things, it's day 1 of Whole30 for Jon and I and I'm. Making. It. Haha. I'm actually doing better than I thought but it's just day 1 ya'll so we'll see how this goes. I'm committed to it though...so I'm totally doing it, I just can't promise there won't be much anguish. ;) I've been wanting to make these fat balls for so long and since getting into oils, adaptogens and all those fun, natural, beautiful ingredients I was dying to use them in a super healthy recipe. 

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It just so happens these are Whole30 compliant. A GREAT source of healthy fats and protein. They are pretty filling and easy to grab on-the-go for a quick pick-me-up snack. They taste AMAZE-BALLS ;) and you can easily adapt this recipe to change it up. 

I got the idea and the framework for this recipe from LeefromAmerica. She's my hero right now in all things health and wellness related. Please go check her out, you will love her! 

INGREDIENTS
1 Cup of Coconut Shreds
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (softened or melted)
1/4 Cup Coconut Butter - I like to make my own, easy recipe here
1/4 Cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 Cup Pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/2 Cup Cashews
1/2 Cup Almonds
3 Medjool Pitted Dates
1/3 Cup Almond Milk

OPTIONAL SEASONINGS & OILS I ADDED TO MINE TO GIVE THEM FLAVOR & HAPPINESS
1 Scoop Vital Proteins Collagen (optional but adds lots of extra protein) 
1 TSP Moondeli Energy Tonic
1 TSP Cacao
1 Drop DoTERRA Clove Oil
1 Drop DoTERRA Cassia Oil
3 Drops DoTERRA Wild Orange Oil
1 TSP Trader Joes Pumpkin Pie Spice 

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STEP 1
Using a food processor, add in Medjool Pitted Dates, Almonds, Cashews, Pepitas and Sunflower seeds. Blend until finely chopped. You're also welcome to add in a few larger chunks of almonds and cashews if that floats your boat. 

STEP 2
Once the Dates and Nuts are blended add in the remainder of the ingredients and blend. Your dough will be a wet consistency, which is perfect! 

STEP 3
On parchment or wax paper roll out the dough into balls about the size of a golf ball. Place in a lidded container and store in the freezer. These will last in your freezer for months (unless you eat them by then, which you will!) I recommend taking them out of the freezer and letting them thaw for 5-8 minutes before eating. 

I love that these have so many GOOD for you ingredients! Have fun adapting the recipe to make it your own too! I loved the taste of the oils and the adaptogens, it made it taste like chai, and I'm down with that. ;) 

Happy Monday my friends!!