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From the desk of Lauren Palmer

Hello friends!

I have not published a new recipe on TAOLB in a long time, and even longer since I published one of my own recipes…Lorie takes care of it usually these days. But I have to share with you a new cookie that Brian and I have been freaking out over. And the Big kid loves them too. (The Little one still prefers Joe Joe’s.)

It all started at the beginning of January when I signed up to the 14-Day Detox with Shelley Can Help. Through this program Shelley sends you 2 weeks worth of recipes that help you press the “reset” button on food–>it’s an excellent program; you should definitely check it out! One of the recipes was for a Sunbutter Cookie that is gluten-free and only calls for 4 ingredients! Shelley’s cookie has no flour, no white sugar, no brown sugar, no butter, no baking powder or baking soda. They are super clean!!

After the detox I started thinking about adapting her cookie formula (GF with a small amount of ingredients) into other flavors of cookies. These would obviously be better for you than anything processed that you get at the store. 

On a whim I began experimenting and struck gold! Here is my first flavor of Shelley’s adapted cookie, one I’m calling the Quad C. (Cashew-Coconut-Chocolate-Cookie)

Ingredients:

1 cup Cashew Butter, unsweetened

1 Egg

1/4 cup Coconut Sugar

3/4 cup GF Whole Grain Rolled Oats

1 Dark Chocolate Toffee Divine Chocolate Bar, chopped

1/3 cup Coconut Flakes, unsweetened

Instructions:

Mix everything well with a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Scoop small balls onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for about 12 minutes (in my convection oven) at 350°. Let cool before eating. So incredibly delicious! (Makes 12)

NOTE about the Divine Chocolate bars: I found these at Fair & Square in Downtown McKinney a few years ago when I visited while on the We Ate Well Food Tour. These are my absolute favorite chocolate bars because…

Divine Chocolate is a global, farmer-owned chocolate company. We use the amazing power of chocolate to delight and engage. We bring people together to create dignified trading relations, empowering both producers and consumers. —divinechocolate.com

…they are a fair trade company and because they don’t use palm or soy products in their chocolate bars nor any GMOs. I love that they “create dignified trading relations.” Go grab some bars today and make yourself a batch of these incredible cookies!

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