How This Nourishes Your Body
Paleo Thin Mint Cookies- a blessing!
Girl scout cookie season is upon us and it is hard to ignore the calls for thin mints and samoa almost everywhere you go. Unfortunately, do you know what is actually in these tiny devils?
Take a thin mint for example:
- Hydrogenated and GMO vegetable oils (soy, canola, and cottonseed) read about dangers of these here
- Artificial Flavors (read about the dangers of artificial flavor here)
- Processed Sugar
- Enriched Flour
- A list of chemicals and preservatives
Needless to say, this is not a cookie, but a chemical. “But they are so good and fun to buy”. . . I hear you, I grew up on these things. Even bought in bulk to freeze and eat all year long. Yikes.
The good news is, you can make cookies with real food ingredients and have them taste just as good if not better then the chemical pool.
I thought I would even take it a step further and not only make a great tasting thin mint, but make one that actually boosts metabolism, supports hormone function, and is full of real food ingredients that benefit each part of your body.
No guilt eating these babies, not even for breakfast;)
Notes for Paleo Thin Mint Cookies
- You can use any kind of nut or seed flour. To make the flour, simple take a cup of dry nuts(almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds) and grind them with a coffee grinder or magic bullet type blender until a fine flour like substance appears.
- I love using sprouted sunflower seeds or sprouted pumpkin seeds. I love the Go-Raw sprouted pumpkin and sprouted sunflower seeds because it saves you from having to soak and sprout the seeds yourself. Why do you want to only eat nuts and seeds that are sprouted?! Because when they are not sprouted, the outer layer contains phytic acid which blocks the body’s ability so absorb minerals and is really hard on your digestive system. Learn how to sprout nuts and seeds here.
- I love using this cacao powder :
- I have also done this with 1/2 coconut flour instead of 1 cup nut/seed flour.
- You can also form the batter into bite sized balls to change it up a bit.
1. Take one cup cashews and grind in a magic bullet or coffee grinder until flour forms.
2. In a bowl, mix the cashew flour, cacao powder, and salt together.
3. Melt coconut oil in a small sauce pan.
4. Add the coconut oil, vanilla, peppermint, stevia or maple syrup, to the dry mixture and mix until a dough forms. Add more cacao or cashew flour if batter is too wet. 1 tablespoon at a time.
5. Take a teaspoon or so of the batter and drop onto a plate lined with parchment paper. Press down and form into the shape of a thin mint cookie or roll into bite size balls like pictured above.
6. Place in freezer for 15-30 minutes to allow the cookies to harden.
7. Take cookies out and enjoy! Store in fridge or freezer.