I have always loved--and will always love--sweets. To my family and friends, this is obvious, and there is no point denying it. I have, however, become much more aware of my sugar intake during my journey to better understand and monitor my health. As a result, I try to moderate both the amounts and types of sweeteners I consume (although I have let myself indulge a few times). I actually even prefer cooking up savory dishes over baking desserts these days. At the moment, I'm nearly two weeks into a sugar cleanse (a much-needed post-holiday/birthday/anniversary season manuever), during which I am avoiding refined sugars and trying to limit natural sweeteners. While the cleanse has not been all that difficult a commitment, it isn't without its challenges. As much as I love fruit, apples, strawberries, and oranges can only do so much to satisfy my epic sweet tooth.
I'm going out of town tomorrow to spend the weekend with one of my closest friends. Long-standing tradition (and by now, force of habit) dictates that I bring some sort of confection whenever I visit friends, so having concurrently committed to a sugar cleanse, I welcomed the challenge to fashion some sweet treats without the convenience of refined sugar. Why let it all die now? I knew I could stick to the cleanse while still honoring tradition. It's been awhile since I've had a cookie, anyway.
I'm sure my friend and our host (we're staying at her brother's house) will love these! Well, I hope so at least. If they don't, it just leaves more cookies for me!