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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Looking for a great recipe for gluten free chocolate chip cookies?

Holistic nutritionist Kristin Dahl whom we featured on our blog here is sharing her super delicious recipe for us. Her gluten free chocolate chip cookies are also dairy free for all of our lactose-intolerant friends out there and are made with almond meal instead of white flour.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups Almond Meal
  • 1 tsp. Unbleached Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1/4 cup Extra virgin Coconut Oil
  • 1/4 cup Grade B Maple Syrup
  • 1 whole Organic Egg
  • 2 Organic Egg Whites
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Almond Extract (optional)
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 cup toasted or raw sliced Almonds or walnuts (optional)

 

PREPARATION

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F
  2. In a small mixing bowl, combine almond meal, baking soda and sea salt and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl coconut oil and maple syrup with a whisk by hand until creamy for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add whole egg, egg whites and vanilla extract and mix for 2 additional minutes.
  5. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet stir briefly.
  6. Add chocolate chips and nuts and mix until well combined.
  7. Place large rounded tablespoons onto baking sheets, about 1-inch apart.
  8. Flatten slightly & bake until golden, about 15 minutes.

 

Makes 20-22 gluten free chocolate chip cookies.

Get more recipes from Kristin from her new book, The Art of Wellness.

Don’t forget to PIN IT to make later 🙂

 

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The Art of Wellness with Kristin Dahl

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My lovely friend Kristin Dahl along with her friend Stephanie Rice (read her This Beautiful Life profile here) have launched an amazing e-book, The Art of Wellness. I love the idea of living a cleaner and more holistically balanced life that I gravitated to this book instantly.

I’m reading it slowly and trying to meditate and absorb each of the lessons and really think about how I want to change the way I’ve been eating and living. The recipes in it are also amazing. Every time Kristin hosts a get together, all the natural, clean and healthy snacks she makes from scratch are SO delicious. I chatted with Kristin recently about her career path, favourite natural products and show some support for her new book!

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What made you want to pursue a career as a Holistic Nutritionist? Was there something that triggered this major life change?

For much of my youth I struggled with depression, anxiety, and body issues. I was a vegetarian from a young age, but didn’t know how to care for my body, and I filled up on all the wrong foods, mostly empty carbs and comfort foods (like pasta, pizza, & bagels). Searching for a way to feel better, I started practicing yoga around the age of 20. I was immediately hooked to the uplifting feeling it gave me. Though yoga helped cure many of my anxiety and body issues, I still didn’t feel 100% secure in my body.

I was determined to find more solutions and heal my relationship with myself. As a result, I moved out to California around the age of 22 and got really into natural living; I started seeing a naturopath, began shopping at farmers markets as well as health food stores, and eliminated gluten from my diet. I also tried several different cleanses and healing diets. I experimented with natural healing modalities like acupuncture, colonics, and infrared sauna therapy. My depression lifted, and I began choosing exercise over nights out at the bar. I loved how clear, vibrant, and full of life I was feeling.

Transforming my relationship to health, transformed my relationship to life. I looked younger, leaner, and more radiant than ever. Eager to learn more and wanting to share my knowledge and insights with the world, I enrolled in a comprehensive nutrition program at IHN in Toronto. What I learned has forever changed the way that I live and I am beyond grateful for the lifelong benefits. My goal is to continue to grow, educate myself, and help others achieve optimum health. (more…)

This Beautiful Life: Stephanie Rice

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I recently met the incredible Stephanie Rice through my friend Kristin Dahl (whom I’ll be featuring in the next few weeks!). Stephanie and Kristin recently wrote the e-book, The Art of Wellness and I am a huge fan of their philosophy. I was also fascinated and inspired to learn that Stephanie is an Olympic Gold Medalist for Australia with THREE gold medals under her belt! How is that for a fascinating career path?

I definitely wanted to profile Stephanie to learn more about her philosophy on healthy eating, working out and of course – swimming. Meet Stephanie Rice everyone!

 

How did you get your start as a swimmer?

I started swimming as a baby in learn-to-swim classes and I just loved being in the water so much that I kept progressing through to squad and club teams.

 

What inspired you to pursue a career in competitive swimming?

From the age of about 3 or 4 I knew I was put here on Earth to do something really special and I just felt so strongly that it was to go to the Olympics. I knew it would be for swimming because I loved it so much.

 

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What was it like to win THREE Olympic gold medals?

It was the most incredible moment and feeling of my life. Having everything come together in that 1 moment to execute everything to near perfection on the biggest sporting stage was a dream come true. It was very surreal and it all happened so fast that I didn’t have much time to just stop and take it all in … but it was magical.

 

What sorts of things are you pursuing since announcing your retirement from competitive swimming?

Since finishing swimming I have been discovering my other passions and inspirations. I have a great knowledge for health, fitness and wellness which was why I wanted to create the e-book “The Art of Wellness” with Kristin, but also I love on-camera work and business skills, so combining that on the popular TV show “Celebrity Apprentice” in 2013 was such a great experience, and a huge honour to win the show.

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