It’s Sunday! This means a day off everything (which includes dieting). I don’t believe that healthy food has to necessary taste that way. One of my favorite things to do is baking because you can customize the recipe by substituting healthier ingredients into the recipe. For example, I’ll often use almond milk instead of milk or coconut oil instead of butter or olive oil. Doing your own baking gives you control of what goes into your food. Luckily, I found Erin Ireland’s recipe for a healthy but still to die for chocolate chip cookie recipe via Jillian Harris’ website. Give it a try and spoil yourself today! I know you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. -A.

Erin Ireland’s Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

What you’ll need:

½ c. coconut oil (I use Naked Coconuts brand)

¾ c. coconut sugar (or less if you prefer)

1 tbsp ground flax

1 tbsp pure vanilla

1 c. plus 2 tbsp gluten-free flour (any “cup for cup” brand will work)

1 tsp salt (or a bit less if you’re not a salt freak, like me)

½ tsp baking soda

½ c. Vega Maca Chocolate + extra for the garnish

½ c. chopped pecans + extra for garnish (optional but highly recommended)


What to do:

1.     Preheat oven to 375F.

2.     In a medium bowl, combine coconut oil (which should be soft or melted) with sugar.

3.     In a mug, combine flax with 3 tbsp water and let sit for 5 minutes (this is your “flax egg”).

4.     Add flax egg and vanilla to the wet batter and mix.

5.     In a separate medium bowl combine flour, salt and baking soda.

6.     Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and combine until smooth.

7.     Chop your Vega Maca Chocolate bar into chunks and add to the batter (with pecans, if desired).

8.     Drop the batter from a tablespoon onto parchment lined baking sheet (ensuring plenty of space between each) and garnish with more nuts and chocolate. Press cookies down lightly with your fingers.

9.     Bake for 10 min (they come out soft) and transfer to cooling rack.

10. Enjoy with a big cold glass of chocolatey almond milk…or red wine!


Adapted and “healthified” by Erin Ireland of To Die For Fine Foods from the Joy of Cooking Cookbook