Healthy Dinner Recipes, Easy Healthy Recipes, Simple Healthy Recipes Mike Ockrim

Chicago Health Coach Mike Ockrim is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialst (CSCS) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Certified Personal Trainer with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) that will engage you in functional movement training programs, nutrition and cooking education, and sleep improvement plans to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Easy Healthy Recipes - Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES

One of the maxims we share with our clients is to avoid trying to find a fake option to replace a delicious food. Baked chips are not particularly healthy, and they will not satisfy a craving like a deep-fried, crunchy, salty, fatty potato chip (have you tried Billy Goat Chips from the St. Louis-based company? Amazing!). The real challenge is enjoying treats in moderation and within the scope of a balanced diet. The recipe below is for a cookie that is less toxic than most, but also maintains the characteristics we love in a cookie - sweet and slightly salty, crunchy with gooey goodness buried inside, chocolate and umami flavors melding together in a subtle symphony of decadent dessert. The challenge will be to eat just one!

 

INGREDIENTS

1 Cup organic unsalted almond butter

3/4 Cup organic cane sugar

1 Pasture-raised egg

1/2 Teaspoon aluminum-free baking soda

1/4 Teaspoon sea salt

4 Ounces organic dark chocolate (70% or darker) chopped into small pieces

 

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Set aside dark chocolate and stir together the remaining ingredients in a large bowl

3. Stir in chocolate

4. Spoon dough into golf ball size chunks onto a parchment-lined baking sheet

5. Bake 10 minutes until gently browned; place on a cooling rack for a few minutes