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New Beginnings and Gluten Free/Body Ecology Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Can you believe it's September? I personally love the summer, its a great time to hit the reset button. September to me represents new beginnings and chances to start over. I'm excited for what's ahead this coming dance season; I'm ready to take the bull by the horns and have one of my most successful years creatively and career-wise. Something about the September air truly inspires my inner dreamer and I'm encouraged to believe anything is possible. It's so exciting!

To continue my journey on the year of my best self, I'm beginning to delve into mind-body connection and it's relationship to health. I've started reading Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof That You Can Heal Yourself by Lissa Rankin, MD. I'm about a third of the way into the book and I feel like I'm learning so much already. Constant stress, overexertion, self doubt, and negative thoughts set off flight or fight responses in your body which in turn causes your body to be in a constant state of distress no matter how "healthy"your lifestyle is. In turn your body is unable to heal and even though your doctor can't find any biochemical reason for your symptoms you still feel sick. I'm completely guilty of the majority of these things and definitely need to manage the stress in my life better. I've already started implementing changes and I'm excited to keep going with it. I find I'm feeling more hopeful about life and my zest for life is coming back with a big bang.

To celebrate this, I purposely made plans to spend time with people I enjoy this past week into Labor Day Weekend. I knew I wanted an indulgence so I reworked my Cinnamon Sprinkle Quinoa Flake Cookies and created a Chocolate Chip Cookie that was to die for! Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:
1 stick organic butter, softened
1 Tablespoon organic, pure stevia powder (I use the Trader Joe's brand. Look for an organic stevia powder that does not contain any fillers, i.e. rice maltodextrin, etc...)
1 1/2 dropper fulls of liquid Stevia (non-alcoholic)
1 Vegan Egg (2 tablespoons water + 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil + 2 teaspoons baking powder)
1 Teaspoon vanilla (non-alcoholic)
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1 1/2 cups organic quinoa flour
1 teaspoon  sea salt
1/4 cup boiling water
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1/2 -3/4 cup organic quinoa flakes (Ancient Harvest is the brand I recommend) 
3/4 cup Organic Raw Cacao Nibs 
Stevia Cinnamon Sprinkles (1 teaspoon ground cinnamon + 1/8 teaspoon stevia powder)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat softened butter till fluffy. Add Stevia powder and liquid and vanilla, and cinnamon beat to combine. Add Vegan Egg, beat to combine.

2. Add flour 1/2 cup at a time, making sure to completely combine each time. Add salt and beat to combine.

3. Add baking soda to 1/4 boiling water and combine. Add to flour mixture and combine completely. Fold in the quinoa flakes (put in amount to desired texture) and cacao nibs and form mixture into a dough ball in the bottom of the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least15 minutes.

4. Use 1 tablespoon of dough to form each cookie. I rolled and pressed the cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Once all cookies are on the sheet sprinkle with Stevia Cinnamon Sprinkles. Bake for 15 minutes. (NOTE: Stevia does not brown while baking, however you will know the cookies are done when you feel a crust on the outside. The tops will have slight cracks in them revealing a crusty exterior.)

5. Cool cookies on a cooling rack till completely cooled. Enjoy!

 

These cookies were delicious! It totally fulfills that chocolate craving and this might be as healthy as a cookie gets (although I wouldn't recommend eating them every day ;-) ). Just like the Cinnamon Sprinkle Quinoa Flake Cookies, these do not combine with animal protein meals (for those following BED).

After a week of vacation and a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, I'm ready to conquer the world and continue my journey. Are you?

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