Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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It’s nice being able to have a treat every now and then—even more so when they’re not unhealthy!

These can be made with sunflower butter or almond butter, whichever you prefer. I tend to get SunButter (pack of 6) because it’s more cost effective. However, almond or peanut butter cookies are amazing too!

Both sunflower seeds and almonds are rich sources of vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, niacin and calcium. They’re also low in sugar and rich in healthy fats.

These cookies are sweetened with honey, which research shows to have a much better impact on blood sugar compared to table sugar. Besides, this recipe has a decent dose of cinnamon, which is well-known in the medical literature to balance blood sugar levels and improve insulin function [1,2,3].

Recipe:

• 1 cup sunflower butter, peanut butter or almond butter (creamy)
• 1/3 cup honey
• ½ cup dark chocolate chips
• 1 large egg
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• ½ tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees while combining all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and place golf ball sized (or smaller depending on preference) dollops of cookie mix onto the cookie sheet. The key is to not burn them! I check them at 8 minutes but sometimes it may take 10 minutes. As soon as they start to golden on top or edges take them out. They will firm as they cool.

• Cooking temperature: 350°F
• Cooking time: 8-10 minutes (check at 8!)

References:

1. Khan A, Safdar M, Ali Khan MM, Khattak KN, Anderson RA. Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids in people with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2003;26:3215–8.

2. Imparl-Radosevich J, Deas S, Polansky MM, Baedke DA, Ingebritsen TS, Anderson RA, et al. Regulation of PTP-1 and insulin receptor kinase by fractions from cinnamon: Implications for cinnamon regulation of insulin signaling. Horm Res. 1998;50:177–82.

3. Qin B, Nagasaki M, Ren M, Bajotto G, Oshida Y, Sato Y. Cinnamon extract (traditional herb) potentiates in vivo insulin regulated glucose utilization via enhanced insulin signaling in rats. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2003;62:139–48.