Monthly Archives: March 2018

Decadent Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Avocado Cookies – Gluten Free!

chocolate indulgence Avocado Cookies Gluten Free

Decadent Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Avocado Cookies are a healthier way to satisfy a chocolate craving! These cookies are fudgy and satisfying! Did you know you can make cookies with ripe avocado instead of butter? Yup, you can supercharge your cookies with avocado and still get the buttery texture! These also have the benefits of antioxidant rich cacao powder, and natural maple syrup to sweeten them. I used quinoa flakes in this recipe as well, which have protein and fiber.

Chocolate Avocado Chip Cookies

You may have noticed I don’t have many recipes lately using almond flour. That is because I developed a sensitivity to them, so I have been experimenting outside of the grain-free realm and seeing what I tolerate and feel good eating! As my gut has healed, I am able to eat high quality dairy like organic yogurt and hard aged cheeses, quinoa, legumes, and rice. So you will see more recipes with these ingredients in the future!

Chocolate Avocado Gluten Free Cookies

Back to these fudgy cookies! They are clean eating, taste indulgent, but are a much healthier sweet treat!

Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Avocado Cookies – Gluten Free


1 Ripe Avocado

1/2 Cup Cacao Powder

1/2 Cup of Maple Syrup

1/3 Cup of Quinoa Flakes (like these)

2 Tablespoons of Ground Flax Seed

1 Egg

1 Tablespoon of Coconut Flour

1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

1 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

1/2 Teaspoon of Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt

1/2 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips (I used Enjoy Life Brand)


Preheat your oven to 350º Degrees F.

In a medium bowl, mash your ripe avocado, then blend with a hand-held electric mixer. Add the maple syrup, vanilla, and egg, and blend thoroughly with the avocado. Sift together the cocoa powder, quinoa flakes, flax, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the avocado mixture, and blend with your mixer for one minute. Let the batter sit for five minutes to thicken.

Lay out a large cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, and measure your chocolate chips. Scoop the dough into twelve heaping tablespoon sized round balls. I used a mounded cookie scoop. With wet fingers, press the cookies to an even thickness about an inch thick. Sprinkle the chocolate chips evenly over the tops of the cookies. Bake for approximately 12 minutes until cookies are set all the way to the middle. Cool and eat!

Makes one dozen.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Avocado Cookies on a Tray

Gluten Free Decadent Chocolate, Chocolate Chip Avocado Cookies! A Healthier way to indulge a chocolate craving! These cookies are fudgy and delicious!

Healthy is Not a Size….It’s a Lifestyle

healthy isn't a size

One of the things that is fabulous about being a woman is we are supposed to have curves, and we come in all different shapes and sizes!!! The most important part of being healthy is lifestyle not our size! There are many components to a healthy lifestyle, and it is a large subject! But I will hit on some of them just to give you food for thought!

We are a work in progress, and these areas are not stagnant and will change. Sometimes we have to make changes to bring them back in balance. The goal is to infuse your life with joy, satisfaction and health by having these components in balance: Creativity, Finances, Career, Education, Health, Physical Activity, Home Cooking, Home Environment, Relationships, Social Life, Joy, and Spirituality. We are all constantly a work in progress.

Embrace the now, dream and plan the future, reevaluate often, and don’t be afraid to make changes! ❤️❤️❤️


Mango Orange Refresher

This refreshing drink is bursting with vitamin C and skin glowing Mango!  The real ginger aids in digestion and is delicious with the other flavors and sparkling water. It is delightful!

Mango Orange Refresher So Delicious with Vitamin C and Real Ginger

I am not on the low carb band wagon. I actually tried it a few years ago, and found that the activity levels I sustain all day, and my hormone balance, requires moderate carbohydrates, and the benefits of fruit in my diet were fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, disease risk reduction, and glowing skin! I am a strong advocate for real food carbohydrates in the form of starchy vegetables and fruit, as well as other health promoting grains if tolerated. We are all unique bioindividuals and need different things at different times and stages of our lives. I have successfully added back in quinoa and Greek yogurt occasionally much to my delight!

Mango Orange Refresher with Ginger and Banana and Sparkling Water

Mango Orange Refresher

Two Servings


1 Cup of Fresh, Ripe Diced Mango

1 Ripe Banana

1″ Nub of Peeled Fresh Ginger Root

1/2 Cup of High Quality Orange Juice or Freshly Squeezed

1/2 Cup of Sparkling Mineral Water (I used this brand)

1 Cup of Crushed Ice

Directions: Blend all the ingredients except the Sparkling Mineral Water in a blender until smooth. Add the mineral water and just incorporate. Pour into two tall glasses!


Mango Orange Refresher - Real Mango and Ginger in this refreshing drink! AIP Paleo and Gluten Free



Lessons in Life and Welcome March!

Happy March and the coming of Spring Everyone!
We all need a reminder and encouragement now and then to get us out of a rut, and someone to tell us we are special! I believe in you all! I love the individuality of this group of wonderful people and how special you all are!!! Don’t you love Unicorns? Shine on!!! 💖💋
Have a beautiful day!
SandyLessons from a Unicorn

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