I love quick and healthy dessert recipes! And I think you will agree that there is nothing better than whipping up a soft and chewy cookie in just 5 minutes. Well, 8-10 minutes to be precise. But who’s counting when it comes to these super easy, chewy and grain-free cookies?
Sweetened with unrefined coconut sugar, they do have about 1 teaspoon of sugar per cookie. So while I don’t recommend consuming them on a regular basis; when it comes to a sweet treat, these are a great option.
When it comes to sugar, many people feel sugar is sugar is sugar. What this means is that regardless of the type of sugar you consume, whether it’s processed white sugar, cane sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup or raw honey; it all has the same effect on the body.
This is partly true. That’s because fructose (a type of sugar…or rather a molecule that sugar is broken down into) often gets a bad rep. Ever heard of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)? That’s a no no! But fructose is the primary type of sugar found in fruits and vegetables, so is it really bad?
When we eat fructose in fruits and vegetables, it’s mixed in with fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, beneficial phytonutrients and all sorts of other compounds that moderate the negative metabolic effects.
The same can be said for natural, unprocessed sweeteners like maple syrup and raw honey. These are full of minerals, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties which the trees and bees use to protect themselves from bacteria and fungus overgrowth and to stay healthy.
Additionally, fructose is processed in the liver. Some evidence shows that a high fructose intake taxes the liver and can lead to hormonal issues, skin problems and eventually non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
So while moderate amounts of natural sugars and fructose specifically are not the enemy; the real problem comes in with too much. So long as you are eating a balanced, varied, healthy diet with small amounts of natural sugars you will be fine. But nowadays, many people take in huuuuuge amounts of fructose, hidden in all sorts of processed foods, and that is a real problem.
That’s why it is important to to reduce your overall fructose intake and why coconut sugar is a good option when it comes to sweets like these delicious little cookies.
Additionally, when it comes to your body’s response to sugar and the insulin response, the best way to mediate this effect is with healthy fats. The body takes much longer to process and absorb fat, as compared to sugar, so by consuming these two together, you will drastically decreases the speed with which sugar is absorbed into your blood stream.
The healthy fats from the nut or seed butter in these cookies, will help to prevent and mediate any sugar spikes from the coconut sugar and the negative effects associated with that.
Like I always say, the easiest way to health is to eat a VARIETY of foods that don’t come in a package.
So without further adieu, let’s get to these soft, chewy, super easy and delicious 3-ingredient cookies!
Ultimate 3-Ingredient Cookies
Makes about 20 cookies
1 cup cashew butter (you can also use almond butter or sunflower seed butter)
1/2 cup coconut sugar
Dark chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life dairy-free dark chocolate chips)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients.
- Using a whisk or a hand beater, mix until you have a smooth consistency.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- With a tablespoon measure, scoop out dough and roll into balls.
- Place balls on the baking sheet and press down with palm, shaping into a cookie.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes until golden brown on the bottom.
- If using chocolate chips or nuts/seeds, press them into the cookies after baking, while the cookies are still soft.
- Allow cookies to cool completely before enjoying.
NOTE: To freeze these cookies, simply place in an airtight container in the freezer. Reheat at 350F for 2 minutes, allow to cool and enjoy!