Similar to seasonal gingerbread cookies, these spicy ginger cookies are a refreshing treat anytime of the year. They’re a great snack while pregnant, as ginger can be comforting if you have morning sickness. I would have a couple of them with a cup of Earth Mama Angel Baby Morning Wellness Tea to ease nausea during my pregnancies. You won’t feel guilty if you indulge in a few of them at a time since they contain healthier ingredients. I use coconut oil instead of butter, whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose white flour, and spices instead of refined white sugar. There is 1/2 cup of organic brown sugar as opposed to the 1 to 2 cups of white sugar that most other ginger cookie recipes call for.
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil (virgin and extra-virgin have a mild coconut flavor and refined or expeller pressed are tasteless)
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons organic molasses (I used mild)
- 1/4 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup organic light brown sugar
- 2 egg whites (free range organic)
- 2 3/4 cups organic whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon organic ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon organic ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- Stir together dry ingredients (except brown sugar) in a medium bowl and set aside.
- With an electric mixer, set speed to medium and mix coconut oil, molasses, vanilla extract and brown sugar for 5 minutes.
- Add egg whites and continue to mix on medium speed for another minute.
- Gradually add the bowl of dry ingredients and mix on medium speed for another minute, or until all ingredients are combined.
- Make tablepoon-sized dough balls (a mini ice-cream scooper works great) and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake for no longer than 9-12 minutes, or until cookies are barely set in the centers. The longer they bake, the crunchier they get.
- Cool on a wire rack and sprinkle with cinnamon.
The ingredients that make twice baked potatoes so decadent usually bring quite a bit of cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium. In this healthier version of twice baked potatoes, I flavor them with herbs and replace butter with Nasoya Nayonaise. I love serving these twice baked potatoes because of the important vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and fiber; without the excess cholesterol and saturated fat. Try them out…they’re just as rich and flavorful as traditional recipes!
- 3 large organic baking potatoes (potatoes are on the EWG Dirty Dozen list, so it's important to choose organic)
- 4 tablespoons Nasoya Nayonaise
- 1 cup organic sour cream (or vegan sour cream)
- 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons organic fresh or frozen chives (see our post on how to preserve fresh chives)
- 1/2 teaspoon organic dried parsley
- Organic olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Poke holes in potatoes with a fork and coat with olive oil.
- Place potatoes on a baking sheet and bake for at least an hour, or until cooked through.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Using a sharp knife, slice the tops off.
- Scoop the insides out with a spoon and place in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the Nayonaise, sour cream, pepper, chives and parsley.
- Mix with an electric mixer for a few minutes until the mixture is fluffy.
- Fill the potatoes and sprinkle the tops with paprika.
- Bake for 20-30 minutes. Tops will appear golden brown.
Recipe can be doubled or tripled. Prepared potatoes can be frozen for a few months; just pull out of the freezer and thaw before baking.
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