Gluten-Free & Heart Healthy 2013: No Bake PB Chia Choco Chip Cookies

No Bake Peanut Butter Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies @carascravingsNo Bake Peanut Butter Chia Choco Chip Cookies from Cara’s Cravings

Hello, Spicy RD readers! EA is graciously hosting me today to kick off a fun event we came up with to honor one of the most important organs in your body, the heart. What better time to celebrate than during this month of love!

Being preggers has turned me into somewhat of a cookie monster. After all, celebrations call for cookies and every day you feel that little miracle kicking within is a reason to celebrate, right? That’s what I keep telling myself. But this week I made cookies for another kind of celebration. Today, I’m kicking off a week of Gluten-Free and Heart Healthy recipes in honor of American Heart Month. Unfortunately, 715,000 Americans have a heart attack each year and 600,000 die from heart disease*. To raise awareness and encourage good choices, we are offering up delicious gluten-free recipes packed with heart-healthy ingredients. So, read on and take to heart that you can have your cookies and eat them too!

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* Source: http://www.cdc.gov/features/heartmonth/

Starring in these cookies is one of my favorite heart-healthy foods, the chia seed. Chia seeds are actually an ancient food making a comeback, and while some might deem them “trendy”, my not-so-humble opinion is that when even more folks start eating them, chia seeds will again become a staple in our diets. Hey, I hope so anyway. Chia seeds a jam-packed with essential omega-3 fatty acid, even moreso than other plant-based sources. We’ve probably all heard the buzz that omega-3′s contribute to reducing cholesterol and preventing heart disease, which is why I chose to feature the mighty chia seed in this recipe.

What else is there to love? These chewy little cookies have plenty of heart-protective, fiber-rich oats and they are held together with peanut butter. Natural peanut butter (read: the kind that only contains peanuts) contains high amounts of oleic acid, a type of fat known to increase your good cholesterol and lower the bad kind, and it’s another great source of fiber as well.

Now I’m not going to try to convince you that the only reason to eat a cookie is for your health, so I’ll also throw in that these ones are so easy that you won’t even need an oven, they’re the perfect sweetness for either breakfast or dessert, and studded with mini chocolate chips so you’re sure to get some of the good stuff in every bite. I hope that convinces you to come on over and check out my PB Chia Choco Chip Cookie recipe!

Peanut Butter Choco Chip Chia Cookies @carascravings

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Thanks so much Cara for kicking off our heart healthy gluten-free 2013 event! I have all the ingredients for your cookies regularly stocked in my kitchen and can’t wait to try them myself!

Have you tried chia seeds yet? If so, what’s your favorite way to eat them?  Any other trendy foods you’ve tried yet this year???

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  1. Kristin Thomas says:

    I LOVE Chia seeds and use them in my oatmeal – on my salad – in my yogurt or just pop some in my mouth!! I would LOVE to see more recipes using them! I also just started using hemp seeds and like them on my scrambled eggs :)

    • Thanks so much for sharing Kristin! Love all your ideas for chia and hemp seeds. Another fun way to eat chia is the sprouts-as in a chia pet! I have made a sandwich with chia sprouts before-very tasty :-)

  2. Ok so when I was reading this at first I thought you said YOU were preggers!!!! LOL

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