Craving something sweet? Try our cranberry-pecan cookies.

Healthy living does not have to mean deprivation. In fact, as part of my wellness plan, my wife and I have incorporated recipes that not only indulge our sweet side, but nourish our bodies at the same time. Our recipe for cranberry-pecan cookies is no exception. There is something to be said about feeding your family and feeling good about it. I don’t think twice about answering yes to my children when they ask me for one of these cookies.

You will notice that almond flour replaces “traditional flour” in this recipe. Living a grain-free and gluten-free diet does not have to be limiting. In fact, almond flour is a great addition to one’s diet for many reasons. Almond flour is high in protein and low in carbohydrates and sugar. Many of you have heard me say this before, but healthy fats and proteins are our friends, not our enemies. They are critical for a healthy body and in maintaining muscle mass. Studies have indicated that nut consumption may also improve blood lipid levels. In my experience, I have found this to be extremely accurate. Before and after comparisons of several of my patient’s lipid panels have shown this to be true. If you eliminate sugar and add healthy fats and proteins to your diet, you have taken a huge step in advancing your road to wellness.

If you would like more recipes like our cranberry-pecan cookie, including recipes for appetizers, beverages, soups, salads, main dishes, grain-free breads, and desserts, we highly recommend the Physician’s Promise Recipes for Wellness cookbook. All recipes are labeled so that you can quickly and effectively plan meals according to your current wellness PHASE. There are 161 recipes to help keep you on track and satisfied. Please email us if you are interested in purchasing a cookbook or have any additional questions. The cost of the cookbook is $20 and can be purchased anytime during office hours or we will gladly ship a copy to you for $20 + $4.95 shipping.

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Cranberry-Pecan Cookies (PHASE 1, 2, 3 compliant for Dr. Schreckengost’s Wellness Plan)

1  1/2 cups almond meal (Trader Joe’s almond meal recommended)

1/4 cup organic butter, softened

1 cage-free, organic egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 tsp. baking soda

1/3 cup unsweetened, dried cranberries (Whole Food’s organic apple-juice infused cranberries recommended)

1/3 cup pecans, finely chopped

1/3 cup Steviva Brand Steviva Blend (An all-natural, non-GMO blend of Stevia and Erythritol)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, mix all ingredients together well. (I find using my clean hands works the best, but you may also try a heavy wire wisk). Use an ice cream scooper to form 10 evenly sized domes. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes. Remove from the cookie sheet and place on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Now is the hard part…wait to eat these until they cool! You can’t appreciate the satisfying crunch and chewiness until you let them cool. Enjoy!