Ho Ho Ho-ld The Sugar
This week, The Weekly Beet reports that Santa Claus has officially given up white, refined sugar! We are absolutely thrilled with the news, as Santa's "bowl full of jelly" was beginning to out grow many of his red and white outfits!
We heard that Santa was in the market for losing weight since Atkins and The South Beach Diet did not work for him. We figured Santa was most likely going to indulge during his long trip, so we tried to think of something a little healthier beside the fireplace. Since sugar is Santa's favorite, we opted for a recipe of healthy chocolate chips and used a sugar substitute that is just as tasty, but with fewer side effects. We left him a little note explaining the sugar substitute we used, and included the recipe so Mrs. Claus could make the cookies for Santa at the North Pole. The Weekly Beet is happy to say that Santa ate all four cookies, left no crumbs, and emptied his entire glass of almond milk. We used a dairy substitute for the jolly old man! He left us a note that said "I am going to Ho Ho Ho-ld the white sugar from now on! I never knew there was such a tasty sugar alternative. THANK YOU!"
This is the recipe we used for Santa's special cookies. We just had to share it with you!! We took Whole Food's recipe for healthy chocolate chips cookies and doctored it up a bit with some of our favorite ingredients. FYI: Whole Foods has the best recipes. Click here to find more.
- 1 cup rolled oats (optional)
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 4 TB unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 3 TB extra virgin olive oil
- 1 cup Rapadura (Organic, Unrefined Sugar)
- 2 organic eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup semisweet mini chocolate chips (we
like the brand Sunspire)
1. Preheat oven to 375?F. Spread oats on baking sheet and toast 10 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, on a sheet of waxed paper, combine flour,
baking soda, and salt.
2. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter, oil, and Rapadura until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla until well combined. Fold in toasted oats, flour mixture, and chocolate chips; mix well.
3. Drop rounded teaspoonfuls 2" apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Bake 10 minutes or until cookies are set and golden brown. Remove from baking sheets and cool on wire racks.
Rapunzel is one of our favorite brands. They make a white sugar substitute called Rapadura, the sugar substitute we used in Santa's cookies. Rapadura is an organic, unfined sugar. Unlike other sugars, Rapadura is not separated from the molasses stream during processing. This leaves many nutritients and vitamins that would normally be stripped away in processing white sugar. The substitution is easy: 1 cup white sugar equals 1 cup Rapadura. We highly recommend using it in place of white sugar. Rapadura can be bought in any health food store in the United States and in the United Kingdom.
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