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My Nutella Cookie recipe is a hit!
- 1 cup coconut oil or butter
- 1 cup Natural Sweetener
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1 tsp aluminum free baking powder
- 1 tsp Redmond Real Salt
- 2 cups raw hazelnuts
- 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup Natural Sweetener or equivalent
- 1/2 tsp vanilla or hazelnut extract
- 1/8 tsp Redmond Real Salt
- 3 TBS hazelnut oil could use other oil like macadamia nut
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl, cream the butter, natural sweeteners and egg. Cream for a few minutes until very fluffy.
- In a separate bowl mix together the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt.
- Slowly add in the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until smooth.
- Roll 2 TBS of dough into a ball in your hands (for uniform shape) onto a cookie sheet, then press down to they are about ¾ of an inch thick. Place cookies about 2 inches apart.
- Bake in preheated oven for 17-20 minutes or until golden around the edges.
- Cool completely on the baking sheet before removing and enjoy!
- I keep mine in the freezer (for portion control!:)
- To Make the Nutella: Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Spread the hazelnuts evenly over a cookie sheet and roast until they darken and become aromatic, about 10 minutes. Transfer the hazelnuts to a damp towel and rub to remove the skins.
- If you use erythritol, grind in a coffee grinder until a smooth powder.
- In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts to a smooth butter, scraping the sides as needed so they process evenly, about 5 minutes.
- Add the cocoa, natural sweetener, vanilla, salt and oil to the food processor and continue to process until well blended, about 1 minute.
- The finished spread should have the consistency of creamy peanut butter; if it is too dry, process in a little extra hazelnut oil until the desired consistency is achieved.
- Remove to a container, cover and refrigerate until needed.
- Allow the spread to come to room temperature before using, as it thickens considerably when refrigerated. It will keep for at least a week.
- Place 1 TBS nutella in between each cookie to make a sandwich.
Traditional Cookie = 194 calories, 10.5g fat, 1g protein, 25.1g carbs, 0.6g fiber
"Healthified" Cookie = 144 calories, 13.8g fat, 2.4g protein, 3.3g carbs, 1.9g fiber (86% fat, 6% protein, 9% carbs) NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (2 TBS per serving):
Traditional Nutella = 200 calories, 23 carbs, 2 fiber
“Healthified” Nutella = 110 calories, 3.4 carbs, 2 fiber
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Testimony of the Day
“Hi Maria, I just want to tell everyone what a difference you’ve made in not only my family’s life, but my patients too. As a doctor, I was always pushing “healthy whole grains” and fruits like bananas for potassium, but after looking at myself in the mirror, I knew something wasn’t right with this idea of calories in and calories out. I was eating a very clean diet of “healthy whole grains,” quinoa and tons of fruit, but I was overweight, had adult acne and was feeling a bit depressed. And I had anxiety when it came to food; counting points was not working for me.
One of my patients gave me a copy of your book and I was so inspired, I decided to do a phone consult, which forever changed my life. I have to be honest, the first week was awful. I felt like one of my patients suffering from drug withdrawal, but I now understand that the sugars and grains were my drug. Your explanation on how the protein in the wheat is similar to other proteins in the body which was causing cellular mimicry in my nervous system and brain was causing my slight depression made total sense. You taught me that I was gluten sensitive; this too was shocking to me since I didn’t suffer from any intestinal issues. But after working with you for 6 weeks I no longer felt depressed! Not only that, but I lost 31 pounds and no longer had to use my topical medication for adult acne (but after watching your cosmetics tutorial video, I realized how toxic those products were to my liver which also contributed to my poor moods and inability to lose weight).
You not only changed my life, but my kids are now 100% grain free and enjoy picking out recipes from your kids cookbook for snacks at school. I also feel so much better about setting a good example for my patients, I felt uncomfortable preaching to them about what to eat while being overweight. Now I know the whole truth and I am forever grateful. The consult with you really changed my life more than you will ever realize.” – Dr. Sally
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I have had a big improvement in my pain due to Chronic Lymes disease. Also I sleep much better! Your recipes have been a Godsend!
The grain free lifestyle has made my tummy feel so much less bloated and I feel like a whole different person. I am doing baby steps and just can’t believe the difference in mood. THanks Maria!!!
These look great!
I have a quick question, I wasn’t sure where to ask. I have 3 more of your books to buy and was wondering what sort of recipes are in the Nutritious and Delicious (and if there are any double ups) and if there are any recipes in Secrets to Controlling your Weight, Cravings and Moods 🙂
Nutritious and Delicious has over 300 great recipes (it is a black and white cookbook). Secrets only has a few recipes and is a nutrition book about balancing our hormones and moods. 😉
I have been suffering from anorexia for about 2 years and I’ve started eating your way and I feel so much better about the foods I eat. Your way of eating has also helped me cope with eating normally again and I now realize that food is something that should truly nourish your body. I know I still have a long way to go before I’ll ever be considered “recovered”, but I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful recipes keep it up!
Since finding your blog and implementing the grain free lifestyle my moods are much different now, I feel like a better version of me. Thank you Maria! 🙂
Going sugar free has completely healed me of migraines. I had no idea it was sugar that caused them. Going grain free has almost completely cured my joint pain. I have terrible knees and they used to ache, daily. After reading that grain caused inflammation I stopped eating it. I’m on my 2nd pregnancy (6 total) grain and sugar free and I have noticed I don’t pack on pounds quickly and have more energy.
Let me count the ways! Excess weight, joint pain, acid reflux all down or gone. Lots of little things healing too, I’m not to my goals yet but know I am headed in the right direction.
your grain free recipes have made my life so much easier and healthier. My inflammation is gone, my energy is up and I have lost weight. thank you, Maria
Love you books. I feel so much better ,sleeping again !
Thank you 🙂
Following you has made such a difference in my life and health. My blood panel improved greatly and I no longer have acid reflux and my joints health has improved. I especially like that fact that I don’t crave the junk food I once did. And more than anything the best is that being “Mariafied” makes me want to be healthier and eat right. Thank you Maria for changing my life!!
I’m not completely there yet… I’m reading Secrets… but I am so interested in all this. So much to take in! Working on it!
Quick question about the “nutella’ My kids LOVE that junk.. I would like to make this for them, but not have to eat it all at once. How long do you think it can be safely stored in the fridge ? And is it something that can possibly be frozen or would the consistency get weird when thawed ?? Thanks so much !!
You might be able to freeze it. Maybe mix up after thawing again. Otherwise a week or so in the fridge. 🙂
Thanks so much for the chance! We are just starting on this journey…
What a beautiful necklace. Would love to win it. I spent Sunday cooking up some new things from Maria’s cookbooks to get me through the week. Made tortilla’s, bagels, cereal, cheese crackers. Determined to stick with it this week.
I like you and Sheer Addiction. I have been following the Maria way for a few months. I’ve lost 30 pounds and I feel awesome.
I like you and Sheer Addiction…My life has gotten better because my moods are more leveled out and I am losing weight.
I already have improved thyroid function after going grain/gluten free!
Eating gluten-free and greatly limiting my sugar intake is changing my life! I’ve lived with debilitating muscle pain and gut issue for years. There were times when I’ve just wanted to die. After just three weeks of my new eating regimen, I realized that I hadn’t had a migraine (nor any headache of any kind!), back cramps, constipation and bloating, or chronic fatigue. I’m sold! Now I’m seeking to add fermented foods.
I’m on day #14 of being sugar, dairy, & grain free – & I feel awesome!! I have more energy, better mood, & I think I’m slowly losing weight. I can’t say enough good things about it.
Eating this way has helped with stomach bloating…and overall health! My family rarely ever gets sick!
I bet the filling with your graham crackers would be wonderful also!!
no grain = no reflux
I love baking and cooking for the next week! I have learned so much.
After the birth of my second child I went to Maria’s class and started eating grain free in the first week of eating eggs for breakfast instead of cereal I lots 6 pounds. I continued cutting grains from my diet and the weight melted off. My acne also started to clear up and my digestive system started working properly again. Thank you Maria
Thanks for this opportunity …….Following a healthy life-style makes me feel good inside and out.
I love the wheat free and sugar free way of life! And I’m hoping to get some of your cookbooks from Santa this year 🙂
It not only changed my life, but my husband, son, and daughter-in-law. It was exciting to see my 27 yr. old son lose over 100 lbs. his wife lose around 55, and my husband 50 lbs. we love sharing food together, recipes, and as a family everyone eats the same. we’ve been at it almost 3 1/2 yrs. and will never look back. I’m excited to tell others of this healthy lifestyle. I love it when the nurse told me my triglyceride level was 35, she’d never seen that. also that my son got his life back when he found out he was severely gluten intolerant, no more depression, mood swings etc, I truly could go on and on. I am thankful for the knowledge to live healthy and all the benefits that go with it.
What an awesome story! I would love to see a before after family photo if you wouldn’t mind sharing. 🙂
No pain and more energy. I’ve had to buy new clothing since everything was getting way too large!
I’m just beginning my new life as a wheat and sugar free devotee. I can’t wait to try your recipes, lose weight and deal with issues caused by years of carbohydrate over consumption. Thanks for the inspiration and motivation!
Since finding your blog & changing to a grain-free diet I am blissfully unaware of my stomach. I used to think it was my “normal” to be bloated & gassy. My skin & hair have also never looked better – big bonus!
I have so much energy!!
I do so appreciate all the life changing information you are so generous with. It has taken my weight down by 40lbs., my triglycerides are down and so is my blood pressure.
I started Atkins almost 2 years ago.A friend on a forum turned me on to your site. Besides cleaning up my eating habits, I saw my belly shrink before my eyes! It was amazing. I look like I’ve lost a lot more than 20 lbs. My blood work at the doc was great! My guy and I eat pretty clean and mostly organic. We feel so much better eating this way! If I do go off ‘plan’ and eat sugar and/or a bunch of grain, my digestive system freaks and I’m so bloated. Low-carb, low/no grain, and sugar-free are the way to go. THANK YOU for all the great recipes and info!
Can we use brown sugar made with granular Swerve and Unsulphured Molasses for this recipe?
I prefer yacon syrup over molasses. <1 glycemic. 😉
I’ve just been on your WOE for a week and feel great and am never hungry. I have your Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism book and I’m awaiting my delivery of supplements… Can’t wait to use them!
I can’t seem to find this info anywhere though: are lentils/pulses allowed on the diet or are they too starchy?
Also Dr Davis says that houmous is OK, what are your thoughts on that?
Thank you for the wonderful recipes!
I don’t think beans are good. They have 2 forms of starch and just too many carbs to ensure you stay keto-adapted (fat burning mode). This is my hummus. 🙂
And thanks for your special recipe, your houmous looks awesome 🙂
I have been slowly adapting to a grain-free lifestyle. I have lost almost 60 lbs, I sleep better, have more energy and my hair looks healthy.
I’m just starting the process of switching to gluten free.
I have much more energy to keep up with my 7 kiddos and the baby weight after 7 fell off. I am feeling the healthiest I ever have!
I’ve lost weight, which has been great for my mental health. 😉 I don’t have as many stomach aches either.
I’ve only been sugar and grain free the last 3 days and I’ve already lost 4 pounds (probably mostly water weight but I’ve increased my salt intake, so we’ll see) and have more energy already. Can’t wait to see what things will be like at the end of the month!
Since going with no wheat or sugar, I’ve lost 50 pounds and feel better than ever! I’m sure I’ve made a true lifestyle change.
Love your site!
thyroid function better and bloating gone!
Decreased inflammation rocks!
I have much more energy, better sleep and I’m just alot less puffy.
Both my husband and I went grain free after reading Wheat Belly…found your link there as well !! Husband lost 30 pounds and no longer has to take medication for acid reflux or Type II Diabetes. I have lost 20 pounds and feel great…
I need to lose weight. I have a fibroid, which feeds off of the excess estrogen in my body. I can’t get rid of it because surgery is too risky, so weight loss may be my only hope. Aside from that, I’m just getting tired of life passing me by.
I started low carbing again, after quitting before. This time I try to be more creative with it, and use more willpower. It’s can be difficult when I’m always bombarded with temptations from people I know.
Noticed before I started low carbing that my feet and ankles were swelling horribly. I also had candida. I was exhausted. I notice that all of those things have gone away and I just feel a lot better than I used to. It’s much easier for me to get motivated, when I am a difficult person to motivate.
I can also tell I’ve gone down a size but I refuse to weigh myself yet.
So hopefully, next year or so, I’ll be in the best shape to deal with this health issue of mine. 🙂
I dropped 60 pounds after I adopted a clean diet. I followed Dr. Junger’s book Clean.
I no longer have migraine headaches and am taking no prescription drugs…not bad for a 72 year old!!
I would always notice that whenever I ate too much fruit or carbs, I would immediately feel a bit dizzy, kind of similar to a sugar rush- even if it was a whole grain or fruit. I am not completely grain free, but since I decreased my carbohydrates and added in ketogenic foods, I have felt a huge difference in my health.
Hi I am 68, started grain free about 6 weeks ago. I feel much better and have lost a few pounds. Love the energy I have now.
I’m starting to see changes in my waistline and I just know that my blood sugars are doing better. My doctor is impressed!
Just starting my grain free journey. Already down 9 pounds in two weeks and feeling so much better. Looking forward to the future. A healthy future.
No more back pain 🙂
Marie has helped me loose weight and feel great. Sleeping better and stomach issues getting better every day.
I dealt with depression for over 25 years. After going grain free, I no longer deal with depression. I also lost fifteen pounds that I had not been able to lose.
I am working on the process! I have lots more to learn ! I do have more energy and sleep better!
All my little aches and pains are gone! 🙂
Blogs like yours have helped learn how to make healthier meals for my family. It has helped my daughter with her stomach aches and constipation.
Hi Maria, could I replace the Just Like Brown Sugar with Xylitol? Thanks!
My mood, pain in my legs, and most of all my tummy! Thank you. Just starting but baby steps as you say.
I haven’t been reading your blog for long. I bought your book on metabolism and I’ve been cooking your recipes and taking some of the supplements for the last two weeks. I was amazed that some aches I’ve had for many years disappeared completely. My acid reflux is improving and I’ve lost 9 lbs.
It’s given me more energy!!
I started just wheat free to treat Hashimoto’s, haven’t noticed the symptoms improving yet there, but my arthritis is incredibly improved. As a “Foodie” I hate being wheat free, but I’m intrigued by the possibilities and am considering taking the plunge. Maria’s info is compelling and her delivery and guidance is relatable and approachable. I just need to get in the right head-space…
I have lost 34 pounds, lots of old age pain, planters’ faciatis(sp), back/hip pain, a multitude of rashes and before I started this way of eating – I had 3 episodes of swelling of the face, I think my throat swelled too – which I was given steriods. Now 1 and 1/2 year later I have had none of those symptoms. I also had rapid heartbeat in the night. I have used a CPAP for years and went for a sleep study earlier this year – My “number” for air was reduced. I’m sleeping soundly for 6 to 7 hours ( still working on that) and am more rested than ever. I recently walked in a 4-miler walk/run which I have never done before. Last July I ziplined through a forest – which I never would have ever done. So many great things. I still am tweeking as I am in a stall of weight loss, but I feel so good and am eating so differently. Thank you for your blog and recipes!
I first ‘gave up’ sugar and felt better, and I’m in the process of ‘giving up’ grain. When I eat something that makes me feel lousy, I wonder why do I do this to myself???
So much has changed in our lives now that the whole family has come on board with me in eating a healthy mindful lifestyle! I think back and wonder why did I ever want sugar and white flour when there are so many other choices that truly make me feel great!
I feel so much better. My knees don’t hurt going up and down the stairs. My asthma is much more under control. I don’t have the overly tired feeling all the time after eating sugar. I wish I would have done this long ago. But I guess it wasn’t the time. So glad this is an option now:)
I am not the ‘jump in with both feet’ kind of person. I have been wading around the edges of the Maria way of eating for a couple months now and still , I’ve noticed changes in my body. I don’t ache quite as much, my mind seems a bit clearer and I feel a little more in control of my health. I am not as tired anymore either, unless I eat something I shouldn’t be eating anyways, like rice. I love rice.
I am cautiously working on introducing my husband to a grain free lifestyle. He poo-poos anything health related so its going to be tough. I made your sub buns last night and they turned out awesome!!! I was very nervous because I read every single review and it seemed it can be hit and miss, but they were a hit. I told my husband they were gluten-free and he was very suprised. He said they were really pretty good , nice texture. HIT!
Thank you so much Maria! I now have more confidence that we will be able to switch over to your way of eating.
Grain free makes training more pleasant, gives me more energy throughout the day and causes far less discomfort after eating than a conventional diet.
I started on a grain free and sugar free diet about 1.5 years ago when I was diagnosed with diabetes and was told I needed eye surgery. I almost lost my sight to that disease but fortunately four surgeries were able to put me back together. My blood sugar A1C was 11%! I changed my eating habits and stayed active and I have totally reversed the diabetes (without any meds or insulin). Food and exercise are the ticket! My blood sugar now is around 5.8% and I continue to learn new ways to improve my diet. Maria is a great resource for me. Her books and blog have helped me make it this far. Oh, by the way I also lost 30 pounds and feel like a new person!
I’m just starting my grain free journey!
When I do eat grain/sugar free I have more energy and sleep better during the night. My skin is also clearer when eating this way.
Three months in and I’ve lot 16 pounds and feel more energetic and healthy than I have in years. I turn 50 in April and am looking forward to greeting that milestone in the best shape I’ve been in since I was in my 20s.
The physical benefits of eating grain free and sugar free have been awesome, but for me it has been the the changes in my mental and emotional well being that have convinced me to never eat any other way! I have never felt happier and more alive! Thank you Maria for literally changing my life. 🙂
Definitely keeping the weight off! And my kids are eating so healthy too!
I have struggled with Hashimoto’s for almost 2 years now. The slew of Dr.’s I have seen have said since my numbers are “where they should be,” I should feel great. I have been incredibly proactive in trying new things to help with the symptoms I have suffered from. Going Gluten-free was the biggest help and I saw incredible results. I no longer suffer from any symptoms related to Hashi’s / Hypothyroidism.
More energy, less upset tummy, weight loss, no more joint pain…it’s been a life changer!
Has helped my mind . No more body pains and weight loss.
Though not completely grain free yet, So far on this journey I no longer want to fall asleep in the middle of the day. I found Maria recently and am saving my money for a consult with her. Until then, I have bought a few of the books and my whole family (My husband, myself, two teenaged daughters, a teenaged son and a preteen son) have enjoyed all of the recipes I have made from her books. I can’t wait to see how adopting Maria’s way of eating and taking care of ourselves is going to change each one of us!
Before going grain free, I has terrible pain in my hip, but now…no pain!!! Yay! Love your site Maria!
I have just started following Maria’s way of eating and I am already feeling better.
I’ve only just started trying to get sugar out of my system. I’ve lost 10 pounds and want to lose at least 30 more.
I’m essentially where Stephanie is. I have signed up for the webinar, and I am really looking forward to it!!!
Sleeping better, no more achy joints, no more heartburn and skin is better!
I have a decrease in chronic pain and have less brain fog since I started following Maria’s suggestions.
I have more energy, I sleep better and I have of course lost weight. my mood stability has improved as well.
It has made me have more energy, lose weight, more focused, cut down on all of my menopausal symptoms and made me a much happier person. 🙂
Ditching the grains and sugar have helped keep my migraines so much more under control, stopped the bursitis in my hips from sitting in an office chair all day (even though I’m only 26!), and helped to improve my skin. I’ve also gotten my boyfriend into eating the same way and he’s down 15lbs just from eliminating grains and sugar and looking better than ever 😉 Thanks!
I have been wheat free for two years and grain free for 6 months. The first thing I joyfully lost was the joint pain! I went from crying with every stair climb in our two story house to hiking mountains without even noticing a joint. I have lost 58 pounds. Now working on following Maria to HFLC for more amazing results!
The more grain free I am, the more energy I have and the leaner I am!
ENERGY…weight loss and feeling of “well being”! Love this lifestyle.
No more bloat and acne! Love love love the bracelet!
My acid reflux has improved and inflammation is reduced eating grain free and low carb.
It is nice to have smooth skin again. Taking the sugar and grain out of my diet was almost like it detoxed my skin. I have battled with acne and bad skin in general all my life. The only time before this that I had smooth skin was when I was pregnant with my son in 2002.
All my joints feel better since eating the Maria way, loveit!!
You know… I feel like it was really meant to be for our paths to cross. I feel so much better following your recommendations. The fog has lifted, my joints don’t ache, my skin feels tighter and my belly flatter. Thank you so much for sharing your know how!!!
I love Maria’s site. Grain Free, Sugar Free way of life has really helped me to feel better. Heartburns gone! Blood sugars under better control. Thank you Maria!
Thanks for the chance to win this gorgeous necklace! Thank you also for always sharing your amazing recipes with us! I’ve been eating sugar-free and (mostly) grain free for three years now. I’m the slimmest and healthiest i’ve ever been at almost 40, and I feel great! 🙂
Maria-I’m totally wheat and sugar free, thanks to you and your recipes. Do you ever use Carbquik for baking? Is it something I could use sparingly or should it be avoided completely?
Being grain free and sugar free gives me so much energy!
Hi Maria, I’ve been eating this way since January to deal with complications from Chronic Lyme Disease. My symptoms have improved greatly, candida seems to be finally gone, and have lost 45 pounds of fat and three sizes!!!!! I thought the weight would never come off and it’s still coming off regularly. My skin, hair and nails are all great too. Last night I was craving a snack and ate cheese, salami and kalamata olives – a fat snack for sure but it’s so nice knowing that I am burning fat for fuel instead of carbs and now I actually crave fat/protein. Without your website and Carolyn’s over at All Day I Dream About Food, I would have starved to death by now, or else gone back to the old way of eating and been hospitalized. So thanks!
I made these cookies but turned them into cookie cups with a mini muffin tray and good quality mini muffin parchment cups. It made 24. I made a huge batch of Yumtella as well, and filled the cavity in the cookie cups with it after baking (I also filled a few with xylitol jam). I made your keto crepes as well and sauteed them in butter after they were cooked and stacked and spread with Yumtella. Amazing. (I also did savory ones with spinach, onions, eggs and cheese). I omitted the extracts and only put a drop of stevia in as I prefer savory crepes.
When I click on the links in the recipe, I get server not found
Sorry, should be fixed now. 🙂
The swelling of my feet and ankles goes away with this way of eating.
Where can the cosmetics tutorial video mentioned in the testimony be found?
It is in all my meal plan packages. 😉
I have lost about 40 pounds. I don’t have pain. I have more energy 🙂
Just made the nutella for the first time. Wow! It’s delicious, my 2 boys love it! This recipe is another keeper, thanks!
I just made the cookies they were phenomenal! My little girl who is not a fan of giving up sugar actually LOVED them! Thank you so much for the great recipes.
Awe! Thank you!!!