Thursday, April 18, 2013

Honey Carrot Cookies or "Nuffin Muffins"

Generally I share recipes and such on our little family blog where I post reallllly infrequently, but I posted a picture of these "nuffin muffins" on Instagram, and since so many asked for it, I think I'll just share it here on DBS!

In this fam post, I talked about how our family is going through some positive changes and via lots of prayer and determination a lot of our changes have been sticking.

When it comes to FOOD, we are trying to be more conscious about what we put IN our bodies, including avoiding white processed sugars or super processed foods in general during the week and trying to wait until the weekend (our goal is Sunday) to enjoy that yummy-terrible goodness that has consumed our lives for FOREVER!  SUGAR!!!

Why give up SUGAR (even added sugar in items), well, Hart and I have been wanting to get healthier and he has wanted to lose some weight and we really were not saving sugar for the top of the pyramid, but it was more of an every day food in our house.

Giving up sugar makes us more dependent on God! I have to shop wiser and read ingredients more. When I saw real-life change happen via Jami Nato, Hart and I were excited to try it and seek God with even food intake. Friends on FB, sent me to 100 Days of Real Food blog and it has been SO good and terribly HARD as well, but freeing in some strange sense, too.

The amazing thing to me is that when one of us is weak about wanting sugary items like soda, candy, and the like, then the other is generally strong! Just tonight, Hart was "whining" that he wanted sweet tea and chocolate and whatever else he could think of and calling me crazy for sticking to this diet! I was able to say NO! and encourage him to stay strong! When I get low and want a sweet something and start whining myself, then he's there to stop me! It's been awesome and believe me, when you do finally put something sweet on your tongue, you thank God for making Heaven on Earth!

So, earlier this week, we were BOTH desiring something sweet.... the good ole chocolate chip cookies kind of craving... literally, I would say, It's okay, then he would say NO, let's not. Then, he would say, Okay, and then I would say, NOway! We went back and forth for 10 minutes and then I decided, Okay, we need SOMETHING sweet... there has got to be something with more wholesome ingredients that we can nibble on right now!

And I found this Healthy Honey Carrot Cookie recipe from Allrecipe.com. It sounded crazy enough and met my required list of NO SUGAR! Even had a hidden vegetable... why, of course, not?!

 Welcome to the "Nuffin Muffin" recipe adapted from that above recipe. In our house these were actively dubbed, "nuffin muffins" and it's pretty hilarious hearing a 2 year old say "Mommy, may I please have a nuffin muffin?" I mean, why don't I call other things hilarious names all the time?

These cookies, if you can really call them that are really like muffins, but probably because I also subbed out 1/2 of the flour for wheat flour.

3/4 cup of butter (I didn't really go healthy here.)
1/2 cup of honey
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract (I found it needed more than called for.)
lemon zest from one lemon + some juice (of 1tsp lemon extract)
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/14 cups of grated carrots
1 tsp cinnamon (can't really go wrong with the cinnamon)
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (if you have it)

Mix all the ingredients in your mixer in order that they appear. Spoon onto a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 10 - 13 minutes. 

Enjoy your "nuffin muffins" a tasty, sugarless treat that could be better with chocolate chips! Bahaha!

Do y'all have any cookie amazing recipes without sugar?! I made home-made lara bars and they were AMAZING... maybe I need to share those next?