Today is quite the exciting day. I am finally sharing my most popular, and my personal favorite, cookie recipe: Haydn Cookies. They’re gluten free, dairy free, vegan, refined sugar free, soy free, and packed with protein & fiber.
I came up with this recipe on a whim. My younger brother and I were having a movie night (we were watching “The Incredibles”). He told me that he had been craving oatmeal cookies, and I thought “Hey, WHY not?” I took a few risks with the recipe, and was pleasantly surprised with the results. That’s where I got the inspiration for their name. Haydn (the Composer) wrote “The Surprise Symphony,” and these were “surprisingly good.” Pretty cheesey, huh?
The reason I love these cookies, other than the fact that they taste amazing, is because they don’t taste healthy !!! I have a tendency to be sort of neurotic, and if I thought I could never have anything decadent again, I’d lose my mind. There are some people that think healthy treats are dumb, useless, or purpose defeating, but I strongly disagree. Having healthy, guilt free treats, in my opinion, keeps you from going off the rails. It keeps you from feeling deprived and constricted. No one wants to feel like their life is over just because they eat clean! Healthy eating isn’t about depriving yourself, it’s about nourishing your body. Remember That.
And on to the recipe…
3 cups cashew meal
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 cup oats
1 cup dark chocolate chips
2 tb coconut oil
1/3 cup raw honey
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup peanut butter (unsweetened)
1/4 cup apple sauce (unsweetened)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Whisk together cashew meal, salt, and baking soda. Fold in oats and dark chocolate.
Melt together coconut oil and raw honey. Add in the vanilla. Stir until the mixture has cooled down and thickened. Mix in the peanut butter and applesauce.
Add your liquid mixture to the dry. Incorporate with a spatula until fully combined. Cover and chill for 15-30 minutes.
Take tablespoon (approximately) sized balls of dough and place them on your baking sheet. Flatten the dough slightly with your fingers.
Bake for 15-17 minutes, depending on the size of your cookies.
How do you feel about healthy treats? What’s your favorite not-so-guilty pleasure? Comment Below or Connect with me on Instagram.