As we’ve been running our Cultivating the Sweet Life course over the last few weeks, I have found myself inspired to refine my own self-care & nourishment practices. We’ve been exploring conscious comfort foods and avoiding those foods that just make us feel out of balance.
I’ve been changing my relationship to sugar lately, knowing that a low glycemic diet just works better for me. I find that limiting my sugar intake to simple fruits and small treats works best.
Finding sweet treats that can be satisfying in small amounts and made with sweeteners that don’t cause major blood sugar spikes is how I now indulge when cravings creep in. After making these changes to how I consume desserts, I find that I really need less sweetness to feel the same level of satisfaction that traditional desserts used to deliver.
This week, I was excited to create a Strawberry Shortcake inspired cookie. Strawberry Shortcake is my family’s Easter dessert and though I no longer indulge in that particular version, this fruity, vanilla infused cookie is a beautiful reminder of past celebrations. And yes, having just one can be deeply satisfying.
makes about 2 dozen (depending on your scoop)
- 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
- 1 1/2 cups freeze dried strawberries (I found this brand at Whole Foods)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup coconut nectar or liquid sweetener of choice
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of Himalayan salt
Place the cashews in the food processor and process until finely ground. Add in the freeze dried strawberries and process again until finely ground. Add in the coconut, coconut nectar, coconut oil, vanilla and salt. Process again until well combined and sticky. Use a small scoop to create round cookies, form into balls with your hands or press into and 8″ pan lined with wax paper. Place the cookies in the freezer for one hour to firm. Remove from the freezer and if you opted for the pan, cut into squares. Thaw 10 minutes before serving. These can be stored in the refrigerator or freezer.
What provides you with sweet satisfaction? Share with us in the comments! We love hearing from you!