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Soft and Chewy Sweet Potato Cookie Recipe with almond butter, honey and cinnamon

Okay, cookies. All the cookies. I love cookies. The cookie monster was always my favourite character on Sesame Street. No, they’re not good for me, but we all have to have a vice.

So I go out of my way to make healthy cookies, that way I can indulge when I like. Well, sort of. I already shared that chocolate avocado cookie recipe (So soft! So chewy! So yummy!). And I got asked by some of you to do a bit more exploring with other types of healthy cookies.

I have found one. In fact, I have found perfect, post-workout cookies. Perfect diet cookies even. These are something I don’t feel guilty about. I can eat two and think, “oh, yummy” with no guilt.

What makes these cookies special?

These cookies are high in fiber, low in sugar, packed with protein and absolutely delicious. They’ll help prevent blood sugar spikes, which helps you keep off the pounds.

So what is this magic that I have used?

Sweet Potatoes.

They replace almost all of the extra sugar in these cookies (okay, you use some honey. Just a baby amount, really).

But sweet potatoes: tons of beta-carotene, which is an incredible source of vitamin A and antioxidants. Studies of beta-carotene indicate that increased intake of vegetables and fruits rich in beta-carotene may decrease the risk of lung cancer. High blood levels of dietary beta-carotene have been linked with a lower risk of developing heart diseases or heart attacks. Studies also suggest that diets rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids may help to slow the development of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

Vitamin A is essential for normal growth and development, good vision and eye health, a strong immune system, and healthy skin. Vitamin A helps improve the process of vision (especially night vision). It helps with growth and development – it is involved in the genetic regulation of cell and tissue formation, programming, and communication needed for reproduction and for the proper development of the embryo in the womb.

The Recipe

  • 1 cup of pureed sweet potato

  • 1/2 cup of smooth almond butter

  • 1 tbsp of butter/ghee

  • 1 tbsp of honey

  • 1 whisked egg

  • 1 scoop of protein powder of your choice (chocolate and vanilla both work wonderfully in this recipe)

  • 1/8 tsp of cinnamon

  • pinch of salt

  • Optional: 1/2 cup of chocolate chips

  1. Preheat your oven to 400° and poke holes in your sweet potato and set it on a lined cookie sheet to bake for 35-40 minutes (depending on your oven). When you potato is soft through, pull it out and let it cool. Reduced your oven to 350°.

  2. Peel your potato and puree in a food processor (or mash it).

  3. Add your almond butter, egg, butter, and honey and blend those suckers together.

  4. Mix in your protein powder, cinnamon, and salt.

  5. Fold in your chocolate chips if you’re using them.

  6. Scoop your batter onto a lined cookie sheet. You should get between 10-15 cookies depending on how giant you like your cookies.

  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes then pull them out and let them rest.

  8. Eat. Possibly all of them. I won’t judge.

Anything else you want to read about? Let me know in the comments!

Sources:
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=64
http://www.nutri-facts.org/eng/vitamins/vitamin-a-retinol/at-a-glance/

Sweet Potato Protein Chocolate Chip Cookies


http://www.nutri-facts.org/eng/carotenoids/beta-carotene/at-a-glance/

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