Want some (keto) cookies??

DISCLOSURE: This post was sponsored by Nui. Links are not affiliate and I will not receive a commission for any items purchased from eatnui.com. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Diary of a Snacker successful. All opinions are my own.

Changing your diet is hard. One minute you’re devouring bowls of chicken alfredo pasta with a side of warm, crusty garlic bread, and the next you’re munching on cucumber sticks wondering if there’s more to life than this. (Kidding! I actually happen to enjoy cucumber sticks with a little sea salt, I swear.)

But seriously, it’s tough to make changes, especially ones that last more than a few days.

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My typical lunch – chili (protein), veggies w/ avocado (healthy fat), and dessert!!

Recently, I made the decision to stick to a diet that is keto/paleo-friendly. What does that mean, exactly? I understand that paleo and keto are, in many ways, very different, but I decided to take the best features of both and unite them.

  • High Fat, Veggie, and Protein (keeps me full)
  • Low Carb & Sugar (reduces cravings)
  • Moderate Dairy (reduces bloating)
  • Gluten & Legume Free (better for my gut)

I know what you’re thinking – that cuts out a lot of the good stuff. Well, it definitely eliminates things that my body doesn’t like. You see, I’ve been known to demolish cartons of Peeps, bags of Sour Patch Kids, tubs of mint chocolate chip ice cream, and oh, don’t get me started on peanut butter cookies. I. Want. Them. All.

I can’t say for certain whether it’s because I’m getting older, or because my body’s just tired of being fed crap, but I was feeling really run down, bloated, lethargic, and heavy. Then, as soon as I got serious about eating healthier and working out harder, I noticed immediate changes. (Cue angelic/heavenly music.)

I knew this wasn’t going to be a month-long thing, but rather a life-long journey, so I started focusing on all of the things I could eat.. Turns out, there are a ton of paleo and keto recipes, resources, and ready-to-eat products on the good ol’ internet.

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That’s how I stumbled upon Nui, a company that makes delicious keto cookies with full-fat ingredients and only 4 net carbs. Amazing. Of course, my favorite is the peanut butter!

Grab a Glass of Milk

Nui cookies are gluten-free, low glycemic, and don’t have any added sugars, artificial sweeteners, or GMOs. Ingredients like heavy cream and grass-fed butter make these cookies so rich and satisfying, you won’t even know they’re good for you. Eat them on the go or pack them with lunch – we could all use a little afternoon treat. However you choose, feel free to indulge that sweet tooth of yours – hope is not lost.

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When you visit eatnui.com, you’ll find recipes and a comprehensive guide to beginning a keto lifestyle. If you’re considering it and want to know more, I suggest you check it out!

I can’t recommend these cookies enough. Game changer!

Smooth or crunchy?

It’s the age old PB question, but it fits with almond butter too. I’m a smooth gal myself, and my mom likes crunchy. There’s no compromise here; it’s either one or the other.

Fortunately, most companies have caught on. One of these, Barney Butter, has so many awesome flavors and unique combinations such as Vanilla + Espresso, Honey + Flax, and Cocoa + Coconut. Whether you’re looking for super smooth, chunky, or somewhere in between, they’ve got you covered.

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One of my favorite afternoon snacks.

Barney Butter’s almond butters are made with fresh California almonds in a peanut-free and Certified Organic facility. They are also Certified Vegan, Certified Gluten-Free, and Non-GMO Project verified (other than the Honey + Flax). I love that the company uses recycled, BPA-Free jars that can be reused for on-the-go snacking.

Barney Butter comes in snack packs (perfect for on-the-go) and jars (perfect for every day, baking, and eating with a spoon!) Check out their site for a full list of products.

Sometimes you just need a cookie!

Here’s a recipe that’s easy to whip up with ingredients you probably have on hand.

Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter Cookies

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1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, sofened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/3-1/2 cup Barney Butter Vanilla + Espresso Almond Butter
1 cup gluten free flour blend
1/2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, beat sugars and butter until smooth.
3. Whisk in vanilla and egg, then almond butter.
4. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, and salt.
5. Add dry ingredients to wet and mix until just combined.
6. Form dough into 1″ balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet, flatten. (Dough may be sticky.)
7. Bake for 6-8 minutes.
8. Let cool and enjoy!

Visit Barney Butter online for fun recipes with all of the creative almond butter flavors.

 

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored, in part, by Barney Butter. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Diary of a Snacker successful. All opinions (and the recipe) are my own.

Cookie Heaven

If you love coconut, you have to try Rickaroons, and I mean HAVE TO! They are healthy desserts that your taste buds will crave. I mean, how often can you call a cookie an “energizing snack” that is vegan, gluten free, 100% organic, non-GMO, Paleo, soy free AND totally delicious? Answer: not often.

The Rickaroon Team is run by the father-son partnership of Rick and Grant LeBeau. Would you believe that the idea for these cookies started with love? Intrigued? Read the full story here.

Rickaroons come in several yummy flavors: Mocha, Chocolate Blonde, Mint to Be, Megaroon (with chia seeds and Cacao Nibs), and Rick-Or-Treat (Pumpkin Spice and Chocolate). Other healthy ingredients include coconut (of course!) espresso beans, coconut palm nectar, and almond butter.

Treat yourself (or a friend)

All of the Rickaroons are reasonably priced at $25 a dozen, $26 for a dozen variety pack, and $12 for 4-pack sampler (Rick-Or-Treat not included).

Are you a BIG fan? You can even get Rickeroons delivered right to your door each month at a 10% discount. You’ll never run out – how awesome is that?

For more information and to purchase, visit rickaroons.com

 

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by Rickeroons. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Diary of a Snacker successful. All opinions are my own.

#spreadthefit

I don’t have a big sweet tooth. Actually, I’ve had a box of Oreos and bag of M&M minis (that I used on a cake) sitting in my cabinet for over a month – untouched. What really gets dangerous for me is PB. I LOVE PEANUT BUTTER, and don’t get me started on pb cookies. They are just the BEST! Unfortunately, it turns out that eating plain old pb straight from the jar isn’t really that healthy. Who knew?

Lately I’ve been trying to be a lot better with regular workouts and healthier eating. I’m not going to lie – there are days when I want nothing but mac and cheese for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and the thought of eating a carrot disgusts me. But, let’s be real – that’s not practical or nutritious.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could eat a cookie for breakfast and NOT feel bad about it?

Wouldn’t it be fun if cookies fit right into our healthy eating plans?

Can I have a drumroll please??

Buff Bake was started by cousins Ashley, a fitness lover and bikini contest competitor, and Brittany, an avid baker. The duo tried their hand at creating protein-infused muffins – a delicious (and healthy!) snack that would fall right in with many strict diets. This was just the stepping stone to the line of Buff Bake products we know today – the much loved protein cookies and nut butters.

The Cookies

There are 16 grams of protein in each cookie and ingredients include natural pb and extra virgin coconut oil. You have my FULL permission to eat them for breakfast. The flavors are fun and seriously delicious: Birthday Cake (gluten free), Snickerdoodle (gluten free), Chocolate Chip PB, Frosted Oatmeal Raisin, and White Chocolate PB. Try a 4-pack, variety pack, or sampler.

The Butters

All nut butters are gluten free and have 11 grams of protein per serving. You will find peanuts, almonds, chia, flax, and more in these creamy and good-for-you blends.

Almond Butters: Birthday Cake, Snickerdoodle, Cookie, and Coffee Bean.

Peanut Butters: Pumpkin Spice, Red Velvet, White Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, and Cinnamon Raisin.

Try a 10-pack of pouches, a whole jar (or two, or three), or start out with a sampler. Spread them on toast, over waffles or pancakes, or mix into your favorite overnight oats – the possibilities are really endless. Buff Bake has several enticing recipes on their site, including one for pomegranate chocolate chip pizza. Yum!

You can #spreadthefit too! To learn more, check out the pretty amusing clothing line, or make a purchase, visit buffbake.com.

DISCLOSURE: This post is sponsored by Buff Bake. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Diary of a Snacker successful. All opinions are my own.
 

Sugar, sugar

I have been on the hunt for the perfect sugar cookie for almost a decade – that’s more than 1/3 of my life! Everyone on Pinterest claims to have the best recipe, but I beg to differ. I’ve tasted some that were downright terrible. 

It all started when a neighbor brought over some of her homemade cookies. They were a secret family recipe for an old fashioned butter cookie cutout. And, no, I couldn’t have the recipe. 

Even though I falsely identified them as sugar cookies, they were ah-mazing! And thus began my crazy obsessive search for a replica of those sugary butter cookies. I’ve never tasted one even half as good since.

I’ve tried dozens of cookies, dozens of recipes (including several flops of my own) – ones with sour cream, cream cheese, powdered sugar, granulated sugar, almond extract, vanilla – you get the idea. Nothing. I always end up disappointed. Some were okay, some good, but none were “the one.” 

Last weekend I played around with a few recipes, and practically shoved still warm cookies in my family’s mouths. I think I found a keeper, but the search for “the one” is still in full force. 

For me it’s all about the balance: salty and sweet, soft and flaky, buttery and dense.  I like a smooth cookie without that crumbly texture. One that’s thick and chewy and made for cutouts, but still melts in your mouth and leaves you craving more. 

 Does this magical recipe exist?
(cookie pictured: almond sugar with cream cheese frosting)