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Tracy’s Chocolate Chip Moxie Cookies

Dear Diary,

Sometimes specific people are placed in your life at just the right time. They bring with them something you might not have even known you needed. They are like a magical unicorn, you’re positive they don’t exist, and then there they are in front of you. I like to think these unicorns appear when either good karma circles back around or the universe is prepping me for something difficult in my future. Most likely it’s a combination of both.

I recently met one of these rare, magical unicorn type people and she came along with one of the most healthy, and more importantly, delicious cookie recipes. She not only sparked my new love for essential oils, she also helped me find my way back to my blog and the kitchen. These cookies are that good! If they can renew my passion for sending ripples of health and wellness out into the world, what can they do for others?

What makes these cookies so great? Simply put, it’s the marriage of flavors from key ingredients like coconut oil, pure maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cinnamon that set it apart from the cookie crowd. The moxie part is the health benefits…and I kind of love the word moxie. One way moxie is defined is the ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage. We all need moxie when it comes to our health and wellness. For some super-food moxie, this recipe calls for almond flour versus wheat flour which makes this cookie packed with protein, monounsaturated fats, and B vitamins.

Chocolate Chip Moxie Cookies

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

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These 9 ingredients are what make Moxie Cookies amazing!

1 whole egg, 2 egg whites

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3 cups almond flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 cup dark chocolate chips

Directions:  In a large mixing bowl, combine coconut oil and maple syrup. Mix with a hand mixer, add eggs and vanilla, blend well. In a separate bowl, combine almond flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients 1/2 cup at a time. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop a heaping tablespoon full of cookie dough onto a cookie sheet and push down lightly to form a cookie shape. Dough will be more moist/sticky than dough made with other types of flour. Bake at 375 degrees for 12-14 minutes depending on size of cookie. Makes approximately 27 cookies.

Tips:  Do not use other types of “flour” as they do not interact the same with the moist ingredients. Believe me, I ran out of almond flour and tried to sub in half coconut flour…the result was a dry, bland cookie. Almond meal will give the cookies a more gritty texture, it’s best to use finely sifted almond flour. I have used Blue Diamond brand almond flour from Costco as well as Simply Balanced from Target with good results. I use Pink Himalayan sea salt, this is why the salt has a pink hue in the photo of ingredients. Any fine salt will work in this recipe. These cookies are high in protein with a good amount of healthy fats. They are a very satisfying snack and can be gluten free if the chocolate chips are switched out. I recently made a double batch and froze half of the cookies with good results on the texture.

Recipe used with permission from my magical unicorn friend, Tracy Schwartz. Thank you Tracy!

Tomato Artichoke Hasselback Chicken
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Tomato Artichoke Hasselback Chicken

Dear Diary,

Hasselback potatoes are an old Swedish favorite that has recently made a come back. Hasselback basically means making several slices part of the way through the potato and stuffing those slices with something delicious. The “stuffing” is traditionally butter and some type of cheese which is what most people like on their potatoes. Not all that healthy of a side dish, but it does spark some healthy inspiration.

I recently found a recipe that used the same method on a chicken breast. By using a lean protein source, it can become a main dish star instead of a side dish. I had to give it a try and put my own twist on it. Plus, the name is fun to say so when people ask about it I can say, “It’s Hassleback Chicken of course!”

I used goat cheese, big surprise there I’m sure, with tomatoes and artichokes but any “stuffing” can be used. A mixture of ricotta cheese, spinach, and garlic would be delicious or light cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil. The possibilities are truly endless! For a vegetarian version, a sweet potato could be used in place of the chicken breast. Mmmm…a Fall inspired Hasselback Sweet Potato…stuffed with dried cherries, apple slices, nutmeg and cinnamon. Yum!

Tomato Artichoke Hasselback Chicken

  • 4 boneless, skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • Italian Blend of seasonings (dried basil, thyme, oregano)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Goat or Feta Cheese
  • Marinated Artichoke Hearts, quartered
  • Tomatoes, chopped

Directions: Clean, trim, and pat dry chicken breasts. On a cutting board, lay the chicken breast lengthwise right to left. Pinch the top and bottom so that the middle comes up a little. Make 6-7 vertical slices, 3/4 of the way through the chicken to create a “pocket,” and place in a glass baking dish that has been prepped with a generous tablespoon of olive oil. DO NOT CUT ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE CHICKEN BREAST. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts. Once all 4 breasts are sliced and in the baking dish, sprinkle with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Stuff each pocket with goat cheese, artichoke hearts, and tomato. Drizzle with another tablespoon of olive oil and bake, covered with foil, for 20 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove foil and bake an additional 12-15 mins depending on the size of the chicken breasts. Serve on a bed of mixed greens with a couple of spoonfuls of tzatziki (cucumber yogurt sauce).