Vegan Almond Butter and Jam Sandwich Cookies

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An almond butter and jam sandwich in cookie form? Yes please! These sandwich cookies are filled with everything I love from my childhood favorite including the sweetness from the jam and creaminess from the nut butter plus they pack an extra dose of protein, fiber and healthy goodness from the oats, almonds and chia seeds. These cookies are also dairy free, sugar free and vegan. Enjoy!

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Chewy Spiced Date Cookies

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During my travels to the Middle East I absolutely fell in love with fresh dates. The sweet taste is like candy and the consistency is wonderful. They became a staple snack mixed with a few roasted almonds while I was abroad. When I came home to New York City I felt like I was on a quest to find Dates that compared in flavor. Every market I visited I would sample one, but none were like the ones I had while I was away. On a recent trip to Eataly (an unbelievable Italian specialty market in NYC) I stumbled upon a bin of fresh dates in the produce section. Just like I always do, I sampled one and oh my god they were amazing! I immediately filled a bag full. I felt like a kid in a candy store I was so excited. Although I love munching on dates by themselves as a sweet and healthy snack I was inspired to incorporate them into my healthy baking for a dose of natural sweetness and chewiness. Plus, the walnuts add a perfect crunch and the ginger and cinnamon add an unexpected punch of spice. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did!

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Oatmeal Raisin Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Spur of the moment last night my friends decided they were hungry for something sweet. Instead of their regular trip to the corner bodega I asked for 15 minutes to make them something really delicious yet healthy and if they didn’t like it I’d be the one to go out and get them food. This recipe is loaded with protein and fiber and took all of about 12 minutes to make and consisted of ingredients I had lying around my kitchen. They ended up loving it. Basically what I’m trying to say is there is no excuse to eat junk when you can whip up something healthy, satisfying and soo delicious in less than half the time it would take to run to the store and buy food that will make you feel sluggish and regretful in the morning.

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Julies Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Who doesn’t love the simple pleasure of devouring a fresh chocolate chip cookie? After being gluten free for over a year now I have tried A LOT of gluten free chocolate chip cookies- some homemade, some store bought but, I never found one that I loved that met the standards of a regular cookie. A few months ago, I visited my boyfriend’s aunt in Boston and on our way out she handed us each a brown paper lunch bag filled with her homemade gluten free chocolate chip cookies. By the end of the trip (3 hours from Boston to NYC) my bag was practically done. These were the best ever gluten free chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever had! Plus, they are made with very few ingredients, are high in protein, have no added sugar, no eggs, and no butter and are extremely easy to make.

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