Looking for a cookie that is sweet and healthy at the same time? Give these paleo spiced sweet potato cookies a try! They’re even a hit with non-sweet-potato-lovers!
Monday nights are my family’s weekly “pizza & a movie” night. We all cram onto the living room couch and chow down on homemade pizzas and carrot sticks while watching “Laura” (a.k.a Little House on the Prairie), or something equally family-friendly.
Inevitably, halfway through whatever we’re watching, my kids begin begging me to make them cookies to top off their ever growing appetites. And, since it’s almost bedtime, I usually try to fix a cookie that isn’t going to send them bouncing off the walls. Not that they need any help in that area…
I also aim for super easy, because ‘almost bedtime’ can usually be exchanged for ‘mommy’s brain is about to turn off.’ You moms and dads know exactly what I’m talking about!
The sweetest of potatoes.
I don’t know about your house, but over here, with 8 different people come 8 different palates, so it’s almost a given that not everyone’s going to like everything. Except pizza and chocolate chip cookies. Everyone likes those. They all love regular white potatoes, too.
But sweet potatoes? Not so much. You’d think that with the word ‘sweet’ in their name everyone would love them! And why wouldn’t they? They are, after all sweet, but they’re also loaded with nutrients! They’re packed with potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin B6, and also contain antioxidants. Plus sweet potatoes are low on the glycemic index, meaning they can help balance blood sugar and reduce the risk of insulin resistance.
Now, before you foodies get your panties in a bunch, I know sweet potatoes aren’t actually potatoes. It just made a good title for this section… haha.
So back to the sweet potato cookies…
Spiced sweet potato cookies.
When it comes to these little cookies – surprise! – each and every one of my non-sweet-potato-loving kids (and hubby) gobble them up! And they even knew before hand that there were sweet potatoes in them. I guess it just goes to show you the power of putting stuff in cookies… 😉
If you’re looking for more easy, healthy cookies, here are a few of my family’s favorites.
- Dark Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies
- Molasses-Free Gingerbread Cut-Out Cookies
- Chewy Peanut Butter Coconut Cookies
- Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- German Chocolate Freezer Cookies
- Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Cookies
- Dark Chocolate Coconut No-Bake Cookies
- Baby Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
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Paleo Spiced Sweet Potato Cookies
Free of grain, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 1 cup mashed sweet potato
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
- 1/3 cup honey (local is best)
- 3 organic or farm-fresh eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup coconut flour*
Preheat oven to 350.
Place all ingredients in a blender, with dry ingredients on top, and puree until smooth.
Scoop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until cookies are golden-browned on top and spring back slightly when you touch them.
Also, please note that these cookies are very soft! Don’t let that dissuade you from their deliciousness, though. 😉
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