Alisa Fleming ~ I couldn’t think of a better person to review the new cookbook Super Healthy Cookies, than me. In case you hadn’t noticed, I love, love, love cookies! I didn’t grow up in a cooking household, but when the holidays came around, my mother turned into a mad baker. She would give me little projects, and I was always included when it came time to prepare cookie dough. Over the years, that has evolved into a very strong bond with all things cookie.
That said, my sweets tolerance isn’t what it used to be … a little goes a long ways these days. So when I see the words “healthy” and “cookies” not only in the same sentence, but consecutively, I get goose bumps.
Super Healthy Cookies delivers with “treats” that are just sweet enough. In fact, the author, Hallie Klecker, includes a 3-spoon sweetness rating with each recipe (1 spoon being snack-like, while 3 spoons dishes up dessert). The only sweeteners she uses are fruit, maple syrup, honey, and coconut sugar, and ALL of the recipes are naturally dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free. I say “naturally,” because Hallie doesn’t mess around with specialty dairy alternatives or gluten-free flour mixes. A modest pantry of whole food ingredients is all that you will need to make the recipes in Super Healthy Cookies.
I’ve just scratched the surface in terms of recipe testing, but we happily gave two thumbs up to the modestly sweet Bunny Bites (hearty carrot cookies) and Peanut Butter Freezer Fudge Cups (yes, impossible not to love!).
To note, Super Healthy Cookies has an attractive, easy-to-follow layout that I would consider very gift-worthy, and perfect for those of us with a sweet tooth who want something healthier to nibble on. Here is a quick list of the chapters:
Dietary Notes: Many of the recipes in Super Healthy Cookies are grain-free (perhaps even Paleo?), and there are plenty of egg-free and vegan options. Though I should warn that Hallie does use eggs in some of her cookie recipes. For those with peanut allergies, just a few of the recipes use peanut butter, and you can use SunButter in its place. If you have a tree nut allergy, the recipes could get trickier as nuts, and especially almonds, do make frequent appearances in Hallie’s recipes.