Let's talk food for just a minute here...
How many of you often feel overwhelmed by the massive amount of information that is out there about food and nutrition? I honestly believe that if you listen to every single "expert" there is out there, you would probably be forced to result to eating nothing, as tips on diet and nutrition can often be contradicting and counter productive.
This is why it SO IMPORTANT that we learn to eat what is right for YOUR body! It's important to listen to your body and what it's trying to tell you because I guarantee you that if you eat something that isn't good for you, your body will be sending you that message the next day.
The war on food is raging in our day and I think everyone is forgetting that we're ALL IN THIS TOGETHER! I am not against people who eat gluten-free, as I know people who thrive on gluten-free diets, even if I don't. Same goes for any other diet (Keto, Paleo, etc). And to those who eat foods that are full of chemicals, overly processed, and full of sugar that is incredilby unhealthy for your body:
I will ALWAYS encourage you to eat healthy because I care. But I will NEVER look down on you or make you feel like you are less of a person if you choose to eat processed, sugar filled food. Again, we're all in this together and as we teach with love and compassion we can all help each other on our roads through life. I eat 100% organic and refined sugar-free because that is how I can function with Lyme disease and how I can still live a life despite my chronic illness. Not because I'm trying to outrun anyone else in this life.
So without further ado, I'd like to introduce the sugar-free Thumbprint Cookie! These cookies are completely sugar free, organic, and free of harmful additives and chemicals. They are made with whole wheat flour and they still melt in your mouth! They're also sweetened with Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener which is full of nutrients and approved for all kinds of healthy diets!
Sugar Free Thumbprint Cookies
*If you don't have a the powdered version of your Lakanto sweetener, you can take one cup of classic Lakanto sweetener and blend it in a blender on high until it is in powdered form.
**Make sure you use the right kind of flour, for if you only use bread flour your cookies will be dry and if you only use pastry flour your cookies will fall apart.
***You can use any kind of fruit preserves that you like. I used organic, sugar free, wild blueberry jam that I ordered from Thrive market.
I participate in a health group in my area every now and again, and every month I try to focus on one medicinal herb, what it does for your body, and how we can use it in our everyday food! So, this month's herb is GINGER, and these cookies are not your average ginger snaps!
Ginger is a great anti-bacterial herb, and you can use it in many ways! This is obviously ground ginger that we use in these cookies, but you can grate fresh ginger into your favorite chili recipe, or you can make ginger tea by boiling diced ginger in a pot for about 10 minutes and adding honey. Ginger tea is great for keeping colds and flu viruses away, and it works wonders for a natural remedy for strep throat!
These cookies are thick and chewy and VERY GINGERY! If you're looking for cookies with a kick, then these are for you! These cookies are also completely organic and refined sugar-free! They're sweetened with pure maple sugar, which means that they're sweetened with dried maple syrup which is filled with lots of minerals and nutrients!
3 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 Tbs. ground ginger
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup palm shortening
3/4 cup organic maple sugar
1/4 cup molasses
*Use organic ingredients when feasible.
This recipe is actually a special recipe from the mind and heart of my dad! My dad served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Australia when he was younger, and he recently wanted to recreate this cookie that he had on his mission a lot. Needless to say, they were a huge success and our family loves these delicious creations now!
These cookies are made with whole wheat flour, coconut, and oatmeal. They're soft and chewy on the inside, and are the perfect treat to satisfy your sweet tooth! Not to mention they are organic, and refined sugar-free! Yum!
Australian Anzac Cookies
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cup quick oats
1/2 cup golden Lakanto
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup raw honey
3 Tbs. water
1 Tbs. baking soda
*Use organic ingredients when feasible*
I've always LOVED ginger snaps! Except for the snapping part... So, I have always resorted to a chewier version of ginger snaps. These molasses cookies are soft, chewy, and full of flavor! I've found that getting the right texture in a cookie that is refined-sugar free can be incredibly difficult, and they often come out cakey and dry. The good news is that I've mastered the perfect cookie texture on these babies, and they are still refined sugar free!
For these cookies we used Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener: The vegan, non-GMO, zero calorie, zero after taste, and zero glycemic index sweetener! Lakanto comes from a fruit and fits all kinds of diets! Who says you have to stop satisfying your sweet tooth once you go refined sugar free!? 🤣😁😊👍
Chewy Molasses Cookies
1 1/2 cups salted butter (softened to room temperature)
1 cup Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetner
1/3 cup raw honey
1/2 cup molassses
4 cups whole wheat flour
4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. Redmond salt
*Makes about 4 dozen cookies.
I have just been beside myself lately! I've spent years wanting chocolate chip cookies again, but there's always been the small dilemma: Refined-sugar free chocolate chips with zero harmful additives don't exist! So for this recipe I got creative and used the chocolate recipe that I've posted prior to this post. You simply remove the pre-made chocolates from the fridge, chop them into medium sized chunks, and throw them in the batter the same way you you would regular chocolate chips! Easy! And much healthier! 😉
So without further ado, we present to you organic, refined-sugar free chocolate chip cookies! For all the health nuts out there who still want to enjoy a taste of their childhood every now and again. 😉💕😊
Chocolate Chip Cookies!
2 cups whole *wheat flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 cup salted butter, melted and slightly cooled
1/2 cup golden Lakanto Monkfruit sweetner
1/3 cup raw honey
1 Tbs. vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
2 cups chopped homemade chocolates
*I used organic sprouted whole wheat flour, but any whole wheat flour will work the same
** Here at Chronically Beautiful we strive to keep all ingredients in our kitchen organic and free of any harmful additives in order for our food to be as clean and healthy as possible. I would highly encourage you as you shop for your ingredients to buy and use as many organic as you can!
Welcome to My Kitchen!
Food is one of the greatest forms of science, art, medicine, and sustenance all at the same time! It's what feeds our lives and pumps through our blood. It's what connects us and what gives us energy to fulfill our purpose. It is for that reason that I have a deep passion for discovering, cooking, and eating only the most nutrient dense foods. In my kitchen, we only use organic, whole ingredients that feed the body, as well as the mind and soul. My hope is to inspire healing through healthy AND delicious food that feeds not only our stomachs, but also our hunger for connection and quality of life.