These are my favorite! They are soft and have a slight crunch to them. I use Chatfield’s Carob Chips because they are sweetened with beet sugar instead of normal white sugar or corn syrup. So a little healthier that way. You can get them at any health food grocery store (like Sprouts or Whole Foods) Ingredients: 2 cups whole wheat flour 3/4 tsp baking soda 1 tsp salt (I use pink himalayan for the added minerals and health benefits) 1 3/4 sticks unsalted butter, softened 1 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or date sugar, or if you are using a liquid sweetener substitute 2/3 cup honey/agave) 2 tbsp milk 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 large egg 1 cup carob chips (the Chatfield’s bag has about 2 cups of carob chips so it will easily make a double batch) Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. In a larger bowl beat butter and sweetener (coconut sugar or liquid sweeteners), milk, and vanilla extract until creamy. Add egg and beat well. Gradually mix in flour mixture. Stir in 1 cup carob chips. Spoon onto baking sheet in 1 tbsp amounts. Leave space between them. Bake 9-11 min until golden brown (the cookies will naturally look browner since you are using a whole grain flour, so just look for the golden difference and then you will know they are done). Cool on baking sheets for 2 min. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
21 weeks 4 days…every other pregnancy it was going to be months before I lost all my baby weight. A quick recovery is made possible by eating clean and exercise. The whole “cravings” thing is real…#truth! …but the baby doesn’t need ice cream. 🙂 And nutritionally speaking, junk food can really harm the baby. I wish McDonald’s had labels on their food that said “consult your doctor if pregnant or breastfeeding.” The FDA requires that label on healthy supplements no matter how safe or good they are for you and the baby, and it scares a lot of moms –and yet no one second guesses Reese’s peanut butter cups (which contain toxic amounts of sugar and poisonous preservatives). So eat clean for your figure and for the baby! Stay strong! It’s only 9 months and it’s worth it!