These cookies would definitely be considered quintessential ‘health’ food by most people.
With ingredients like carob, buckwheat flour, and stevia, these may not be the most appealing at first glance…
..but I think they taste awesome and have some great nutritional attributes.
I grew up eating very healthy, so I’m used to all the treats associated with such a lifestyle, including foods like carob chips, Tiger Milk bars, and brown rice crispy bars (one of my old-time favorites!).
My older brother had to deal with his share of health issues, including asthma and multiple allergies, all of which lead to my mom investigating the big, wide world of alternative medicine.
Some of the wacky remedies and doctors I’ve seen would issue a giggle from the sternest of hippie health advocates.
Fascia massage, detoxifying foot baths, hyperbaric oxygen chambers, magnetic acupressure stickers, and applied kinesiology are just a handful of treatments that I’ve tried, none of which really ended up being my personal panacea.
The hyperbaric chambers were kind of fun though…you literally get into a submarine-type bed that is sealed and slowly becomes pressurized, as though you were going deep into the sea, and the clinic I used had a telly hooked up where I could watch some of my favorite flicks, including The Devil Wears Prada, so it wasn’t all bad.
Of all the different therapies I’ve tried, I believe a healthy diet is at the core of well-being.
I recently picked up The Gerson Therapy in hopes of expanding my knowledge even more, and it’s one of the best books I’ve read in a while.
It’s always interesting to me when a doctor develops theories or protocols based on personal experience, which is exactly what Dr. Max Gerson did.
His protocol was originally created for migraines, but it has since expanded into various types of tuberculoses, cancer, and even less critical conditions like allergies, obviously the area of most interest to me.
Speaking of allergies, lets talk cookies! Aside from the peanut butter (which can easily be substituted with Sunbutter) these carob cookies are very allergy-friendly, in that they contain no gluten, grains (buckwheat is actually a seed!), dairy, butter, or eggs, AND (my favorite part) they’re incredibly low in sugar, thanks to the addition of stevia.
Despite what may seem like a formula for a blob of carob cardboard, these gems actually come out with a dense, fudgy consistency that’s hard to resist!
- ⅔ c. buckwheat flour (I grind my own from raw buckwheat groats; the dark variety doesn't work out as well)
- 5 T. carob powder
- 1 T. coconut sugar
- ¼ t. sea salt
- 2 (healthy) T. peanut butter (or Sunbutter)
- 2 T. applesauce
- ½ c. water
- 2 t. vanilla extract
- 20-25 drops liquid stevia, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the Sunbutter (or peanut butter), applesauce, water, vanilla, and stevia.
- Mix in the dry ingredients (flour, carob, sugar, and salt) until well combined.
- Dollop the dough (it will be thick) onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Bake 13-15 minutes until tops are solid to touch.
- Cool and enjoy!
Adapted from this recipe
To make these totally sugar-free, eliminate the coconut sugar and add a few drops more stevia. I personally prefer stevia when it’s mixed with another granulated or liquid sweetener.
Have you ever tried any weird health treatments?