One of the things I value most about my husband is his clean diet.
Before marriage, I dated a few guys who weren't as focused on healthy eating as myself, and it was always a brow-furrowing experience for me to either try to discuss the matter or listen to them adamantly defend certain lifestyle habits.
I literally wanted to knock a couple of them upside the head!
All around me, I have seen certain family members and friends pair up and even marry individuals who I would consider healthfully 'bad' for them.
Though I couldn't have expressed this prior to getting married, I see now that it's incredibly important to align yourself with someone who has the same outlook on life, in relation to diet and exercise.
My husband and I motivate each other all the time, and we both agree that the preponderance of our money should go towards our health, primarily, in the form of good food.
I can't even imagine myself watching someone spend 'our' money on booze, Taco Bell, or the like.
As a couple, two people should make each other better, not drag each other down, and I'm so appreciative each day that I'm married to someone who will eat treats like these and love them just as much as I do!
Following Sam's birth, I really wanted to get back down to my pre-pregnancy weight and clear up a few other health issues I was having, hence, all of these lower sugar recipes I've been posting. I post what I eat, not to please the masses!
My husband was right on board with my decision, as he is convinced sugar contributes to many of his own health problems, including painful joints and digestive upset.
This change has been a bit tough, as I have (had) a massive sweet tooth!...but, as usual, this new way of eating forced me out of my date-laced, raw treat shell and into a new way of looking at dessert.
Dessert should be sweet, sure, but you should also be able to taste the flavors of the other ingredients, such as the spices and any other add-ins, and it shouldn't make you feel like taking a nap following consumption.
These cookies are so delicious, they didn't last longer than an hour in our home!
Health Nut Carrot Raisin Cookies (Sweetener-Free)
- ½ c. oat flour
- 6 T. oats
- ¾ t. cinnamon
- ⅛ t. nutmeg
- ½ t. baking soda
- ⅛ t. sea salt
- ¼ c. raisins
- 1 egg
- ¼ c. applesauce
- ¼ c. coconut oil
- ½ t. vanilla
- 1 medium carrot finely grated
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix dry ingredients (flour, oats, baking soda, salt, raisins).
- Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl (egg, applesauce, oil, vanilla, carrot).
- Mix all and let stand five minutes.
- Dollop the batter onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
- Bake 15-17 minutes.
- Cool and enjoy!