Healthy Cookie Dough for One (Grain-free, GAPS-friendly)

When I first began the GAPS diet, I had no idea what to eat for a treat. For sure I was trying to get my body's blood sugar handling back on track (among a whole lot of other things!) and I was trying to focus on eating rich, savory meals instead of sweet foods and snacks. But I TOTALLY still needed something to help me indulge a little and reward myself for sticking to such a difficult lifestyle change. 

I also didn't want something that would take a long time to bake or a lot of special ingredients that I couldn't afford. I needed something quick, easy, and that reminded me of things I used to be able to eat all the time. 

I don't even remember how I came up with this Healthy Cookie Dough for one--it might have been a Pinterest-inspired recipe, I don't know! But lucky for me, it satisfied al those criteria! Takes two seconds to dump into a bowl and then mix with a fork or spoon. It also comes pretty close to the cookie dough I remember as a kid... I think. I mean it has been a while;)

The cool thing about this recipe is that it really is healthy. No--I wouldn't make it a staple, for sure, because it still has a full tablespoon of honey and too many nuts can be tough on the gut... AND there should be moderation in all things. Buuuuuuuuut there was definitely a week or so when I ate a spoonful (or three) of this every day. 

Some people look at eating 2 Tablespoons of butter as absolutely taboo. I hope by this point, though, you've read enough of my other posts to know that good quality butter from grass-fed cows is among the most nutrient-dense fats out there. Eating butter is one of the best things you can do for your body!! Believe me--when you increase fats in your diet, your body will thank me!!

Benefits of grass-fed butter

Grass-fed butter is incredibly beneficial for brain health, immune health, digestive health.. and pretty much every other system in the body. It is loaded with fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D and K along with their naturally occurring cofactors which are essential for the vitamins' uptake and use in the body. (*Note that these vitamins and cofactors are only present when the cows are fed on GRASS.. not corn and soy feed). These fat soluble vitamins are crucial for brain and nervous system health, bone and joint health, and hormone and reproductive health.

One of my favorite quotes from Sally Fallon's book "Nourishing Traditions" is the following: "Dr. Price realized that these fat-soluble vitamins promoted the beautiful bone structure, wide palate, flawless uncrowded teeth and handsome, well-proportioned faces that characterized members of isolated traditional groups."

Well there you have it. If you want to be beautiful, eat butter. haha

She goes on to say, "American children in general do not eat fish or organ meats, at least not to any great extent, and blubber and insects are not a part of the western diet; many will not eat eggs. The only good source of fat-soluble vitamins in the American diet, one sure to be eaten, is butterfat" (Nourishing Traditions, 16). 

Butter is also a great source of dietary cholesterol, short and medium-chain triglycerides (MTC's), and linoleic acid. All have important roles in the body for establishing good immune function, endocrine function, brain and nerve function.. like I said--pretty much every system in your body. 

Fat does not make you fat

I still often have to remind people that fat does not make one fat. Instead, it is processed and refined carbs--grains, sugars, starches--that cause weight gain and obesity. 

Processed fats also have a very different effect on the body than natural animal fats. Processed and denatured fats such as margarine, vegetable oils, and other hydrogenated oils are shown by studies to increase risk of heart disease. (You can find one such study here). 

The gist of it all

Everyone needs little rewards and it's not a bad thing to let yourself enjoy a treat. Treats high in fat and low in sugar content will help you feel more satiated and make you less likely to go back for seconds or thirds. I wouldn't say this exact recipe is low in sweetness though... it still has a tablespoon of honey (or maple syrup). If you need to cut down the amount for an anti-candida diet or something like that, there's absolutely no harm in doing so. This recipe is easy to alter, as it doesn't require any baking. Just plop all the ingredients in a bowl and mix away! 

Let me know what you think! Any other add-ins you've tried?

 

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Healthy Cookie Dough for One
Author: Amy MoffatPrep time:2 minsServings:1

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp grass-fed butter, softened
1/4 c almond flour
1 Tbsp coconut flour
1 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

Mix-in ideas:

1 Tbsp raw cacao nibs
1 Tbsp shredded coconut
1/16 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix together with a fork. Alternatively, place all ingredients in a mini food processor and beat until mixed! Stir in any mix-ins desired!

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