I have recently been working on what I am calling a "diet makeover." I'm not on a diet to lose weight, I'm on a diet to change my lifestyle to reflect healthy eating and healthy living. For those of you that do not know me personally, I have been a vegetarian for over 7 years. And I have been a horrible vegetarian for most of the time. Think lots of boxed mac and cheese, frozen pizza, tacos and lots and lots of cookies. You read that correctly.
I gave up meat years ago and remain a vegetarian for ethical reasons, though the more I learn about the meat industry, its effect on our planet and on our bodies, I'm so thankful for my choices. Due to personal health issues, I decided to do a lot more research about what I am putting into my body. And I learned that I was putting a lot of junk into it.
And so began my new love of real food and closer to a vegan diet.
But let's be real here. I still love cookies. And pretty much anything that will satisfy my sweet tooth. And so I made these Blueberry Coconut cookies! I used the recipe from Kumquat's Blueberry Coconut Pecan Breakfast Cookies. I modified a couple of things based on what I had stocked in my pantry. I substituted 2 bananas for a cup of mixed berry applesauce, the pecans for almonds and thew in a tablespoon of chia seeds (because those things are amazing.) They are the perfect way to satisfy my sweet tooth and get some actual nutrients from a cookie!