Do you love cookies as much as we do? While we try our hardest to tame our diabetes monster every day, taming our inner cookie monster is another story. As the festive season approaches, it’s no wonder we’re craving cookies non-stop! Keep on reading to discover three super tasty cookie recipes to try out this holiday season.
As soon as temperatures drop, our bodies have a higher demand for heat. Certain macronutrients release more heat when digested than others, in a process called dietary-induced thermogenesis. So don’t feel bad if you’re suddenly craving more sugar and fat, it is perfectly normal! (1)
We put together 3 easy-peasy cookie recipes for you to satisfy your cookie cravings and enjoy this cozy time of year. Whether you’re hosting a party or just want to treat yourself to a tasty snack by the fireplace, we’ve got you covered: from chocolate cookies, to low-carb and vegan options, there’s something for everyone.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup + 3 tbsp butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
- a dash of salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine the vanilla extract, eggs, butter and sugar in a bowl. Cream them for about 3 minutes, until you achieve a light and fluffy consistency.
- Next add flour, baking soda, salt and unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Once the mixture is combined, carefully dollop small amounts onto a baking tray and place in the oven.
- Bake for 8 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are firm.
- Allow the cookies to cool for 2 minutes before serving.
Total servings: 20 cookies
Did you know this interesting fact about chocolate?
A lot of the chocolate available in stores is packed with refined sugar. For this reason, chocolate isn’t a particularly healthy snack. But did you know that pure cacao is actually a wonderful source of magnesium?
This micronutrient can have a positive influence on your body. In fact, it improves insulin sensitivity (2) and carbohydrate metabolism by acting as a cofactor for enzymes involving glucose (3).
Walnut Cookies (Low Carb)
- ¼ cup + 3 tbsp butter
- ⅓ cup brown sugar substitute
- ⅓ cup whipping cream
- 30 walnuts
- 2 cups coconut flakes
- Melt butter and the brown sugar substitute in a saucepan over a medium heat.
- Combine it with the whipping cream.
- Cook the mixture while stirring frequently for 10 minutes until it begins to froth and thicken.
- Remove the mixture from the heat, add walnuts and coconut flakes and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Use a large spoon to drop the cookie mixture onto parchment paper.
- Place the cookies into the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour to harden.
Total servings: 11 cookies
Did you know this interesting fact about low-carb diets?
Carbohydrates are often replaced with fat when switching to a low-carb diet. While it can be a good idea to add more healthy fats to your diet, you should be aware that not all fats are the same! It’s important to distinguish between saturated fat (found in processed meat, coconut and palm oils) and unsaturated fat (found in avocado, fish and olive oil). So, what’s the difference?
Saturated fats are simple long chains of fatty acids. While unsaturated fats are long chains of fatty acids that are interrupted by one or more double bondings.
In general, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines suggest limiting the amount of saturated fats in your diet to less than 10%, and increasing the amount of unsaturated fats. (4). Adding walnuts to your cookies is a great way to include more healthy fats in your diet.
Vegan Chia Seed Cookies
- ¾ cup whole wheat flour
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp applesauce
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp baking powder
- a dash of salt salt
- Mix all the wet ingredients in a bowl until the sugar dissolves. Let the mixture sit for a minute.
- Add flour, baking powder, and salt and mix in until you get a soft dough consistency. If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour. If too dry, sprinkle in a few drops of water or oil and mix in. Let it sit for 15 minutes. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Take small portions of the dough and roll into a ball. Then press it to a flat cookie on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve.
Total servings: 12 cookies
Did you know this interesting fact about Omega-3?
Eating more unsaturated fats is very beneficial. Popular sources of healthy fats include omega-3 and omega-6. Ever wonder how they got their names? It all has to do with the position of the double bonding. Omega-3 has the bond starting on the third carbon atom, while the double bond in omega-6 begins on the sixth atom!
By adding chia seeds to your cookies, you can include more omega-3 in your diet. This way, you can enjoy a tasty snack while taking advantage of its health-promoting qualities. (5)
References and Sources:
(1) Klaas R Westerterp, Diet induced thermogenesis, Nutr Metab (Lond). 2004; 1: 5. Published online 2004 Aug 18.
(2) Wild S, Roglic G, Green A, Sicree R, King H. Global prevalence of diabetes: estimates for the year 2000 and projections for 2030. Diabetes Care 2004;27:1047–1053
(3) Belin RJ, He K. Magnesium physiology and pathogenic mechanisms that contribute to the development of the metabolic syndrome. 2007; Jun;20(2):107-29.
(4)Arne Astrup, Faidon Magkos, Dennis M. Bier, J. Thomas Brenna, Marcia C. de Oliveira Otto, James O. Hill, Janet C. King, Andrew Mente, Jose M. Ordovas, Jeff S. Volek, Salim Yusuf, Ronald M. Krauss,Saturated Fats and Health: A Reassessment and Proposal for Food-Based Recommendations: JACC State-of-the-Art Review, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Volume 76, Issue 7,2020
(5) Bartosz Kulczyński,1 Joanna Kobus-Cisowska,1 Maciej Taczanowski,2 Dominik Kmiecik,1 and Anna Gramza-Michałowska1; The Chemical Composition and Nutritional Value of Chia Seeds—Current State of Knowledge; Nutrients. 2019 Jun; 11(6): 1242.
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