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Refined Sugar Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you have not made these Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies yet, stop everything and get to it! I posted this recipe a while back but they are so easy and delicious and my new modification is worth a re-post. I am just discovering the beauty of cooking with brown rice syrup and barley malt syrup. They are far superior to the agave version.

Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 ½ cup rolled oats

1 ½ cups whole grain flour

1 ½ t baking powder

½ t sea salt

1 cup unsweetened coconut

½ cup pecans or walnuts, chopped (opt. I leave out b/c my kids won’t eat)

½ cup brown rice syrup

1/4 c barley malt syrup

½ cup light olive oil

½ cup milk

½ cup dark chocolate chips*

1/2 c raisins (opt)

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients. Drop spoonfuls onto baking sheet. Flatten. You may want to flatten 1/2 way through cooking as well.
Bake 15-18 min.

*I know these have refined sugar, but we allow them as a small vice in our diet! All things in moderation.

Be sure to check out the Sugar Cookie Recipe from a while back, they are perfect for Valentines Day cut outs.

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