Disclosure: I received Vega One for review and I was not otherwise compensated. As always, all the opinions in this post are my own.
Happy Friday!! Is everyone in the US in their food coma? If you are anything like me, the day after Thanksgiving is the official countdown to Christmas – and for me that means one thing – COOKIES.! This year is no different. I want sugar cookies, snickerdoodles, peanut butter kiss cookies, you can’t forget gingerbread men, and the classics – oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip. Better yet, protein sugar cookies! Anyone else with me?
Well I don’t know about you but I simply cannot wait until Christmas to eat those cookies. So I have to find ways to fit these cookies into my daily diet. That means, high in protein, and whole food ingredients. These cookies serve a purpose, they fuel my workouts and nourish my post workouts. There is nothing worse than a sugar high from too many cookies and then having to drink a protein shake to make it though a difficult workout.
Fitness isn’t just about working out, it’s about fueling your body with good food so that’s what today’s #FitFriday is all about – Christmas cookie style! So after you’ve fueled yourself properly check out this awesome yoga cardio blast I posted for Zen Active today!
Insert the New Vega One Formula Nutritional Shake. The new formula has 20 grams of protein. Hello sustainable protein source! Oh and the added benefits will make you add Vega One to everything – greens, vitamins and minerals, fiber, omega-3, antioxidants and probiotics.
Did you know that Vega One recently improved their formula – it’s coming out the first of the year! You are going to LOVE this – they increased the protein to 20 grams (from 15) and there are now 6 servings of greens (used to be 3) in a scoop. You have a picky eater? Here is the answer!! They have a Black Friday sale going on today – MyVega!
But for me the real kicker is the great taste and the ability to add the New Vega One to just about everything! I made my apple pie for Thanksgiving with the New Formula for Vega One Vanilla Chai and everyone in the family enjoyed it. I had a few questions as to why the crust was green but that soon stopped when they stuffed their faces with apple pie 🙂
These sugar cookies are seriously perfection. And I figured I might as well take advantage of the GREENS and make Christmas Trees! I don’t know about you but cut out cookies are pretty much the best. And these are so easy to make and even easier to roll out. I have a few tips below to make this process a breeze! If you are a cookie monster like me, you might need some frosting to make these babies authentic. Well no worries there – I’ve got a quick frosting recipe for you as well!
- 2 tbs. cashew butter
- 1 tbs. coconut oil, melted
- 2 tbs. apple butter
- 3 flax eggs (3 tbs. ground flax seeds, 9 tbs. water, mix and sit in fridge 15 mins)
- 2 scoops of the New Formula for French Vanilla Vega One (the old formula will also work but the protein won't be as high)
- 1 tbs. coconut flour
- 2 tbs. oat flour
- 2 tbs. cashew meal or almond meal
- ½ tsp. baking powder
- ½ tsp. stevia
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 3 tbs. almond milk
- 1 tbs. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. chia seeds (white if you have them)
- ½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 tbs. coconut butter
- Make the flax eggs and place in refrigerator.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine cashew butter, coconut oil and apple butter. Microwave 30 seconds until cashew butter is pliable and coconut oil is melted.
- Mix in Vega One French Vanilla Shake. Add flax eggs and remaining ingredients.
- Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Get a cookie sheet and cover with parchment paper and spray with non-stick spray for good measure.
- On a plastic cutting board, spray cutting board with non-stick cooking spray. If you do not have a plastic cutting board, put down a sheet of parchament paper and spray it with non-stick spray.
- After dough has been in the fridge for 30 minutes. Dump the dough on the area you just prepared with the non-stick spray. Lightly wet your hands and press down on the dough, working it to a ¼ to ½ inch sheet. You may have to wet hands a few times to get this.
- Once desired consistency is reached, cut out trees from dough. To ensure a clean cut, you should press down firmly then turn the cookie cutter from left to right a few times. The non-stick spray will make removing the trees a breeze.
- Place cookie dough cut outs on the parchament paper. The scraps from the first batch can be combined and rolled out again in the same manner as before. You may want to reapply the non-stick spray. Get as many cookies as possible from the dough.
- Place cookie sheet in the fridge for 15 minutes as the oven preheats. Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Bake cookies 12-15 minutes until edges begin to brown and the cookie is set and no longer looks wet in the center.
- Allow to cool for at least 15 minutes.
- In a small mixing bowl, add coconut butter and almond milk.
- Microwave for 30-40 seconds so coconut butter is no longer hardened by the almond milk.
- Stir in remaining ingredients and place in fridge for at least 15 minutes to harden.
Notes: You can substitute almond butter with cashew butter but it’s so good with cashew butter. The cashew butter doesn’t overwhelm the Vega One French Vanilla and helps create that sugar cookie texture. I make my own by toasting cashews in the oven for 5-6 minutes then processing in food processor until smooth. Easy peasy!
Apple butter is a wonderful substitute for more fat in this recipe. A lot of the water cooks off of apples when using apple butter. I make apple butter when I have a few hours at home on the weekend. It’s so easy. I would use this recipe, but hold back on the chai tea and spices, limiting it to just a teaspoon or two of cinnamon for baking; so it doesn’t overwhelm the flavor of the baked goods. If you decide to use store bought apple butter, be aware that it likely has high fructose corn syrup or sugar in it. I don’t add sugar to my apple butter – just sweet apples (fuji are great!)
What about you?
- Does the Friday after Thanksgiving signal all things Christmas for you?
- Christmas cookies – what’s your favorite?
- Do you like to decorate your cookies?