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Paleo Pumpkin Cookie (Egg, Nut & Grain-free)


March 16, 2016 0 comments Clean Eating
Removing triggers is one of the keys to healing. We experience stress on all levels- whether environmental, emotional, mental or physical. I heard a statistic that we are exposed to 65,000 different chemicals a year! While acute stress is common, when it becomes chronic stress our body starts to break down.
I am working on healing from an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s disease is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, a small gland at the base of your neck below your Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland is part of your endocrine system, which produces hormones that coordinate many of your body’s activities. Thyroid hormones are extremely important and have diverse actions. They act on virtually every cell in the body!
Hashimoto’s is a combination of: food sensitivities, nutrient deficiencies, adrenal issues, gut imbalance and toxins (in all forms). So, diet will help heal and relieve symptoms, but you will still need to work on finding your root cause or primary infection.
It is very common for people with autoimmune conditions to react to:

  • Eggs (especially the whites)
  • Nuts
  • Seeds (including cocoa, coffee and seed-based spices)
  • Nightshades (potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, sweet and hot peppers, cayenne, red pepper, tomatillos, goji berries etc. and spices derived from peppers, including paprika)
  • Potential Gluten Cross-Reactive Foods: milk, grains and possibly chocolate
  • Fructose consumption in excess of 20g per day
  • Alcohol
  • NSAIDS (like aspirin or ibuprofen)
  • Non-nutritive sweeteners (yes, all of them, even stevia)
  • Emulsifiers, thickeners, and other food additives
If you are struggling with a thyroid condition I highly recommend Dr. Izabella Wentz, visit her website  The Thyroid Pharmacist.
Note: If you are on a strict elimination diet, these cookies aren’t a good idea, besides containing honey, there are so many ingredients that it may confuse your symptoms and results. In my case, it has taken a bit longer to dig and find my root cause -or- primary infection. Personally, I have found ways to stay satisfied and eat a sweet treat every once in a while while I heal. Sometimes it is really nice to have a baked good! Am I right?
Here are some egg-free, grain-free pumpkin cookies for you! Enjoy!
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin spice or cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup ghee
  • ¼ cup coconut shortening
  • ¼ cup canned pumpkin puree
  • just over ¼ cup honey (gluten-free)
  • ½ cup dairy-free, gluten-free chocolate chips  (Lilly’s or Enjoy Life)
Instructions
  1. In a food processor, combine flours, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking soda.
  2. Pulse in ghee, coconut shortening, pumpkin puree, and honey until you see a dough form.
  3. Take off the top and scrape down the sides of the cuisinart to incorporate ingredients, pulse again.
  4. Remove blade from food processor and stir in chocolate chips by hand.
  5. Scoop dough (one heaping tablespoon) at a time onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Keep balls of dough tall and round, don’t press down too flat.
  7. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes (or until golden brown).
  8. Let them cool before handling.

*Remove chocolate if you are sensitive or use the Auto-Immune Paleo diet.

 

The information on this website is for informational purposes only. This information is never meant to replace the advice of a licensed physician. Kristin Stevenson is a nutrition consultant. She is not a licensed medical professional and does not claim to be so. The information presented is not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any medical condition. If you suffer from any medical condition, you are encouraged to consult a medical doctor. When starting any nutrition or supplement program, you are encouraged to inform your family doctor first.

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