Choosing to eat REAL food doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun of the holidays. Yes, finding the role for treats in our lives can be a challenge, but I think it’s totally doable. If you’re eating treats all the time, every day, it’s going to start taking a toll on your health. But once in a while making a batch of cookies is totally cool—especially when you share them with friends. That way it’s just about having a taste of something sweet for a day or two. After all sugar isn’t evil … it just can become a very bad habit.
So when I am looking to indulge, I try to make sure it’s really worth it! Why eat really processed, store-bought cookies when I can enjoy a treat I baked at home from wholesome, real ingredients. And that’s exactly what my Cherry Almond Chip cookies are all about—they’re truly a delightful, special occasion indulgence! Made with whole wheat pastry flour (an easy, no-brainer replacement for all purpose flour in most recipes), pastured butter, and high quality dried cherries, almonds, and chocolate chips, these cookies are amazingly delicious. So whip up a batch and keep a dozen for your family and give a dozen away. You’ll enjoy the treat and have a wonderful holiday gift to boot!Print
What’s your philosophy when it comes to treats? Do you have some special recipes that you bring out for the holidays? Have you tried to make them healthier over the years or do you go “all in” when you choose to indulge?
Kitchen Resources and Tips:
- A high quality baking sheet is indispensable in the kitchen. Here’s one from NordicWare that’s similar to what I have.
- A handy kitchen mini food processor like this one from Cuisinart is great for chopping the dried cherries or almonds.
- If you’ve never baked with parchment paper, you should definitely give it a try. It’s so simple to use, and it makes clean-up a breeze. Here’s an unbleached parchment paper that is Green Seal Certified.
- When you’re baking a couple batches of cookies it’s easy to run out of room to cool your baked goods. That’s why I love these tiered cooling racks that can save you some real kitchen real estate!