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Everyone Deserves Cookies for the Holidays!

Do you remember what it felt like when you were young, when it seemed everyone else had something you didn’t (but you wished you did)?  As a gradeschooler, I watched from the sidelines as my friends zoomed around the neighborhood on their new banana-seat bicycles (my parents told me they couldn’t afford one).  Then at age 14, I attended my first “social” (what boy-and-girl parties were called back then) and watched from the sidelines as my friends all spent the evening necking with boys (does anyone still say “necking” any more?!); I was perched on a folding chair shoving potato chips into my mouth and guzzling Diet Coke next to MS, the only other dateless girl in the group. 

So, when I started the ACD back in 2009 and I had to watch from the sidelines at Christmas time as all my friends sipped wine and champagne, nibbled on pâtés and cheeses/cheezes, consumed obscene amounts of chocolate and sugar. . . well, it felt uncomfortably familiar, I’m afraid.

For you, dear readers, I wanted something better this holiday season.  I’ve heard from several of you who’ve just recently embarked on the ACD yourselves, and I remember all too well how despondent one can feel when one wants goodies. . . but there just aren’t any appropriate goodies to be had (ie, without sugar, gluten, dairy, yeast, molds, alcohol. . . et cetera). 

Well, here you are.  I’ve brought some goodies for you. 

And yes, the recipe is suitable, even if you’ve just started the diet and you’re barely into Stage One.* 

These cookies are an adaptation of the Black Bean Chocolate Chili Cherry Cookies I saw (via Wellness Weekend last week) on The Taste Space, which were an adaptation of Sarah’s cookies on My New Roots.  Now, those other cookies, it is true, contained cocoa powder.  And cocoa powder in cookies translates to “CHOCOLATE! IN COOKIES!”–something I never turn down if given the opportunity.  However, neither cocoa nor maple syrup are permitted in the first stage of the ACD; so I made some substitutions. 

I’ve decided that my mission in 2012 will be to convince carob naysayers that the sepia pod is appealing and delicious in its own right, not merely a second-rate chocolate substitute.  Sure, chocolate is my first love, my highschool sweetheart**, if you will; it’s like the guy that sets your heart fluttering whenever you see him, even years later, even after the romance fizzled and you’ve been divorced for decades, the intervening years traced like fine tributaries across your face.  Carob, on the other hand, is a more solid, more placid lover; the one you meet in your 40s at the bridge club, the one you call “friend” before “lover,” the one that is consistent and reliable and steadfast. Fewer sparks, perhaps, but a connection that goes deeper, brings out the best in you, is more permanent. That’s the way I love my carob right about now.

I played a bit with the original recipe, adding almond butter to compensate for the lower fat content in the carob. These are not fudgy cookies, but still dense and soft; you’ll find them lovely, moist and almost cake-like.  If you’re not a fan of coconut, you can add homemade dried cranberries for a contrast in color and added chewiness. If you happen to be following later stages of the diet, feel free to sub some/all of the liquid sweeteners with agave or coconut nectar, or use goji berries or other dried berries (sugarfree, of course) as your fruit of choice.

These little gems really do feel like a treat–something I think we all deserve about now!

Happy Holidays, Everyone!  😀

Other ACD-friendly favorites:

*Please note that there are many versions of the anti-candida diet in existence, and yours may advocate something different.  This recipe is suitable for the first stage of the diet I followed; please be sure to check with your healthcare provider to ensure that the recipe is compatible with your diet! 

**Considering how early on I was addicted to chocolate, it really should be more like, “my kindergarten sweetheart.”  But I couldn’t say that because, well, it just sounds creepy.

This recipe is headed to Amy’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesday event.

Last Year at this Time: Last Minute Recipe Suggestions (list of holiday-appropriate recipes)

Two Years Ago: Warm Butternut Salad with Chickpeas and Tahini Dressing (gluten free; ACD All Stages)

Three Years Ago: Two-Toned Potato Latkes (pancakes) (not gluten free; ACD Maintenance)

Four Years Ago: Holiday Cranberry Chippers Cookies (not gluten free; ACD maintenance only)


12 comments to Everyone Deserves Cookies for the Holidays!

  • I am loving your version of the cookies, Ricki! Aren’t they awesome! Who would have thought beans would be so versatile? 😉


    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Janet! I really enjoyed them. Totally guilt-free! 🙂


  • Thanks so much for this post! I have been tracking lots of online posts for holiday recipes, many of which I can make ACD compliant with a few substitutions. It is so much more gratifying to find recipes ACD specific, though. 😀


    Ricki Reply:

    I’m so glad to hear that these will work for you! That was what I was hoping. 🙂


  • sounds lovely – unfortunately my friends who can’t have cocoa also can’t have spices but I must try some carob and spice cookies for sylvia who loves both – have a lovely christmas – must go and get sylvia who is swinging from the tv!


    Ricki Reply:

    Johanna, you can certainly make these without the spices–peppermint (as the original recipe) would be great, too, or almond, or coconut. . . possibilities are endless! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with E and Sylvia! xo


  • I love your description of carob v cocoa! I think you’re right; as long as you don’t expect carob to be chocolate but appreciate it for itself, it’s brilliant. The texture of these looks perfect too 🙂


    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Eleanor! The texture was great. .. dense and moist without being too wet or grainy. 🙂


  • Oh Ricki, your stories in this post brought out so very many thoughts and memories and emotions for me, and I actually just wrote out a rather long comment and then deleted it because, while I didn’t mind you knowing and thought you’d understand, I suddenly remembered how public the internet is and I decided to keep it to myself for now. But rest assured that your words have comforted me, and it’s so comforting to know that I wasn’t the only one to spend all my schooling years dateless while the other girls were giggling knowingly during sex ed classes.

    Thank you for the cookies, too. I, too, don’t believe carob is “merely” a version of chocolate, in fact I think of it as entirely separate to. And I love it for that. 🙂


    Ricki Reply:

    I know what you mean–sometimes we forget that it’s all out there! But I’ve told stories about my life as a highschool social reject before, so for me it was nothing that my readers hadn’t already seen before ;-). Glad to know that it was comforting, of course! And cookies can be very comforting, too. . . 😀


  • We were on the same page about cookies 🙂 I love how you’ve made these ACD friendly! I really really need to get some yacon syrup so I can try it. I’m a carob naysayer so I’m looking forward to being convinced otherwise in 2012 🙂


  • Yum I have been meaning to make these cookies for weeks, ever since Janet first told me about them!


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