By making a few nutritious ingredient swaps, you can make a delicious and satisfying treat without using tons of sugar. Certified Health Coach and local mama of two, Megan Adams Brown shares her healthy holiday recipes. Helping us spread holiday cheer, not cavities, this year…And these recipes are not only Santa-approved but kid-approved.
Santa & Kid-Approved Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 6 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 4 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp almond or coconut milk
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine dry ingredients (almond flour, salt, baking soda) in a medium bowl. Whisk together wet ingredients in a small bowl (coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, almond milk). Add dry mixture to wet mixture and stir to combine into the cookie dough. Then sprinkle in chocolate chips and mix to distribute the chocolate evenly. Fill a tablespoon measure with batter and press down to form a half-circle. Tap batter out onto the baking sheet and lightly press down in the center. Bake 10-11 minutes until bottoms just start to turn brown. Remove from oven and let cool for at least 3-5 minutes. Enjoy!
Healthier Hot Chocolate Recipe
- 1.5 cups milk of choice (cow, almond, cashew, coconut, etc.)
- 1.5 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- pinch of cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Pour into a small saucepan and heat for 3-5 minutes over medium heat until hot, but not boiling.
* Raw cacao powder is the ground, untreated form of the cacao bean. In it’s pure state like this raw cacao powder’s health benefits are fully in tact. It’s high in magnesium, calcium, iron and other minerals; full of antioxidants; and has been shown to be a natural mood elevator and anti-depressant.
ABOUT MEGAN ADAMS BROWN
As a certified health coach, Megan Brown helps people struggling with chronic disease or mystery symptoms get back to feeling like themselves again so they can have the energy to do all the things they want to do.
Megan works with people to help them get to the root of what’s going on in the body, and make lifestyle adjustments that create health. Megan started doing this work 10 years after dealing with her own autoimmune diagnosis. She saw functional medicine doctors whose direction started with all the “no’s”: no gluten, no dairy, no sugar, etc.
It felt so hard. And I felt deprived. Then my perspective changed – and cooking became a sort of adventure, kinda like a game of what I could come up with, and it was fun. The focus shifted from avoidance to nourishment and that changed everything. I now take this same approach with every single one of my clients – focusing on nourishing the body, giving it what it needs to thrive, and naturally crowding out what’s getting in the way of that. And I see them get there so much faster because of it. And they enjoy the process. And they see they have more power over their health than they’ve ever been led to believe – and that is why I do this work. “Megan Adams Brown