Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Dessert doesn't have to be dirty... Clean Eating Day 2

The part I was most worried about during clean eating week was feeling sweet-deprived. I have a big sweet tooth when it comes to chocolate especially.

However, I was able to track down some yummy, healthy versions of cookies as well as chocolate granola. During clean eating, it's really the pies, cakes, brownies, cupcakes etc. that you need to stay away from because these do not provide the nutrients your body needs to get back on track. Cookies with whole wheat flour, oatmeal, pumpkin, flaxseed ...and a little chocolate!... are excellent substitutes for those - like me! - who crave a little something sweet after dinner.

Molasses Cookies (My photo shown below)
This recipe is from Shape Magazine and totally husband-approved! Even after this clean eating week, I plan on making these for a tasty, guilt-free treat.

*Note: I did not have blackstrap molasses, so I used a little less than half a cup of dark amber pure maple syrup.

2 tbsp. ground flax
1 egg white
1 banana
1 c. whole-wheat flour
1 c. oats (not instant)
1/2 c. blackstrap molasses
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flax and egg white in a bowl. Set aside. Using a fork, mash banana in a bowl. Add flour and oats. Mix well. Add flax mixture and molasses, mixing until everything is combined. Add the rest of the ingredients, stirring well. Scoop out rounded spoonfuls of batter onto a baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes.
Makes 20 cookies

This recipe is also from Shape Magazine. I love pumpkin flavored anything, so I thought the cookies were tasty. However, they weren't quite sweet enough for my husband, so they're best if you like healthy-tasting foods.

*Note: Pumpkin puree isn't technically "clean eating" since it's in a can, so try to find organic, pure canned pumpkin. Also, I used honey in place of agave nectar, and substituted maple syrup for molasses. If you don't have pumpkin pie spice, use nutmeg instead. If you don't care for raisins in desserts, you can leave those out.

1 c. pumpkin puree
1/4 c. applesauce
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/4 c. vanilla protein powder
1 tbsp. agave nectar
1 tbsp. molasses
2 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. raisins
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine ingredients in a bowl, stirring until well combined. Drop cookies onto baking sheet and press down. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Makes 12 cookies

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