We all love dessert, but choosing which sweets to eat can be tricky when you’re trying to stick to a plant-based diet. These nutritious cookies — dubbed "the great Canadian hemp cookies" by recipe author and Healthy Gourmet host Julie Daniluk — are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth while sneaking in some plant-based ingredients. This recipe is featured in Daniluk’s new book, The Hot Detox Plan: Cleanse Your Body and Heal Your Gut With Warming, Anti-Inflammatory Foods.
Daniluk came up with this dessert recipe for her nephew one holiday season, while he was eating according to an elimination menu to pin down a mysterious allergy. One unusual ingredient? Hemp hearts, which bring a subtle, nutty flavor to the cookies. (PS, her nephew loved them, and ate them without issue!)
In addition to the hemp hearts—excellent sources of plant-based protein—this healthy cookie recipe is filled with natural ingredients, which replace common inflammatories found in cookies.
What these cookies remove: A large element of Daniluk’s new Hot Detox Plan is eliminating inflammatory foods from your diet. Typically cookie recipes unfortunately contain many inflammatory ingredients. As Daniluk tells Z Living, “Using white refined sugar or refined flour makes your dish into a substance that is extremely inflammatory. This is like having a credit card inserted in your body, for which you need to make a massive nutritional withdrawal, just to handle those empty calories.”
What goes in place of common inflammatory ingredients: Daniluk brings flavor to these cookies with natural, plant-based sweeteners like raw liquid honey, coconut butter, ground cinnamon, and ground ginger. Using more natural ingredients to replace processed fillers makes your dish both easier to consume and more flavorful.
Check out more about Healthy Gourmet here and find out where to watch the show.