Ever since I shared my plan to rid myself of Candida, I’ve gotten hundreds of emails from readers all over the globe asking me for yeasty beasty guidance.
What’s the most common topic on those Candida ridden minds? “What can we cook?”
Jennifer and Jaclyn from Sketch-free Vegan contacted me awhile back with an invitation to review their e-book, inner ecology cookbook. I love supporting others in our community, so I jumped at the chance to give them my opinion on the book.
^^ vanilla cake batter fudge. Mmmm
After reading through a couple of their recipes, it was evident that; with a tiny bit of tweaking; almost every recipe could cater to any Candida
sufferer adventurist. The recipes are sugar-free, fruit-free (just using cranberry, lemon, and lime), made from easy to find ingredients, and many are vegan.
They’ve created snacks like sunflower seed spicy hummus, almond cheese, an amazing recipe for mint chia pudding, and; the one that called out to me the most; little cinnamon bunny cookies.
While sorting through the ingredients for the bunny cookie recipe, Pebbles jumped up on my lap and gave me her big sad puppy dog eyes. I took this as, “Mommy, I want a cookie too!”
I’m such a sucker for those eyes. Look at them, how can you ignore that?
Answer? You can’t.
So, with a bit of tweaking of the original recipe, I came up with a treat that’s quite multifaceted:
- Safe for Candida sufferers – minus the jam :)
- Great as a replacement for animal crackers or cookies in kids lunches
- Under 100 calories
- High in fibre[2.2 grams in every cookie]
- Low in sugar [1.2 grams per cookie]
- Safe for our furry friends!
For the puppy treat, I used a dog bone cookie cutter I’d picked up months earlier at Crate & Barrel for $1. Gosh, I love deals on cookie cutters.
You’d never know by the size of my cookie cutter collection :|
Within moments, these cookies were coined cinnibone dog treats and were a huge hit. Just look at Lexy licking her lips!
Best of all, they’re much cheaper and healthier than store-bought dog treats!
Although it was fun snacking on dog bone shaped cookies at work, people started to ask questions. Also, getting kids to try “dog treats” was a task in and of itself.
I knew that the second batch had to be something dessert-like…
Enter 100 calorie beary simple cookies.
Same recipe, just a different shape. I cooked them for a bit less time than the cinnibone treats, so they’re just golden on the outside with very minimal crunch.
100 Calorie Beary Simple Cookies and Cinnibone Dog Treats
Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Reduced sugar, Yeast free, Corn free
A 100 calorie cookie that’s perfect as a replacement to animal crackers in your families lunch, makes a great companion to your afternoon pick me up snack, and comes in at under 2 grams of sugar. Is there anything these little bears can’t do?
Yield: 12 cookies
- 1 cup light buckwheat flour *see note
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 2 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup filtered water
- 1 egg or flax egg [1 tablespoon flax seed with 3 tablespoon water left to sit for a couple of minutes]
- 3.5 tablespoon coconut oil, room temperature
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- Preheat oven to 400F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon baking mat.
- Combine all dry ingredients first, then wet. Mix with a hand mixer until incorporated. It should form into a ball of dough, or the dough should hold together when pressed.
- Dust the counter top with extra buckwheat flour – plan to use an additional 1/4 cup or so.
- Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick before using a cookie cutter and placing cookie on prepared baking sheet.
- For softer [human] cookie: Bake for 10-11 minutes.
- For dog treat: Bake for 13-15 minutes.
- Remove from oven, transfer to a cooling rack, and allow to cool for 15 minutes.
note: if egg is used, recipe is no longer vegan, but will still be under 100 calories
note: I’ve been told that making these cookies with dark buckwheat flour doesn’t turn out well. So, look for light buckwheat flour – a sand color. Or grind whole raw buckwheat groats in a coffee grinder until fine. Dark buckwheat flour is generally made from kasha, the roasted buckwheat kernel and isn’t very good.
I’ve been topping my bear cookies with vanilla almond flax butter and strawberry preserves, and packing them as an afternoon pick me up snack. So good!
Lexy and Pebbles have been sitting, rolling over, shaking paw, and listening for the past week. Granted they’ve been bribed, but meh…
Good cookies, good dogs, what more could a girl possibly ask for?
Understanding just how many of you are currently on the road to ridding yourselves of Candida, cutting down your sugar intake, or just simply trying to eat cleaner, I knew this cookbook could potentially help out.
Jennifer and Jaclyn were nice enough to offer 1 lucky reader a chance to win a copy of their e-book! Not only that, but if required, we can chat about how to make some of the recipes candida friendly.
It’s simple, just leave a comment below.
The giveaway will close tonight at 11:59pm MST and a winner will be announced tomorrow.