I introduced this Eat Yourself Pretty column when I first launched the site and then promptly forgot about it. But I was recently given these raw oatmeal cookie bon bons and thought they’d be perfect to share here. These incredibly addictive yet beautifying bites have since become a staple in my pantry and a healthy justification for feeding my sweet tooth.
But let’s back up a bit. You may remember that I did a little detox in the spring that included going off sugar, coffee and alcohol for 30 days. Though I think this is probably a healthy thing to do once a year (I had mine coincide with Lent), I would never have been able to part with all my vices if not for a much more superficial motive: my skin.
Last fall my skin started to go rogue on me. When numerous visits to the dermatologist, and the subsequent antibiotics and steroid injections, did nothing to make me look less like a hormonal teenager, I ended up seeing a strange healer to address the root cause of my recurring skin woes. She said that the real problem was stemming from my liver.
Being a long time theme party and rose enthusiast, I haven’t always been the kindest to this organ. So it seemed like the right place to start healing from the inside out. As I learned, when toxins aren’t being processed and expelled properly, they can take an exit ramp via your face. Which explained why my pores were starting to feel like the facial equivalent of a ten-car pile up.
So that’s how I ended up going into detox mode. It’s also how I started investing in all natural facials with the amazing Nichola of Pacific Touch. In addition to all the delicious smelling creams and calming concoctions she put on my face, Nicola was an incredible resource for natural remedies. She also understood the emotional side of skincare and gave me some serious mental pep talks at a time when looking in the mirror was a very stressful experience.
The second best thing about my visits with Nichola was the free treats at the end of our sessions. The last time, I begged her for the recipe for her beauty bon bons. They’re packed with healthy, raw ingredients like pumpkin seeds, gluten-free oats, raw honey, flax meal, dried apricots, and coconut. But tightly packed into little balls and with a few bits of dark chocolate for good measure, the resulting bites taste more like oatmeal chocolate chip cookie batter than anything that’s supposed to do your liver (or skin) any favors. And yet, they are incredibly rich in nutrients and antioxidants.
In case you’re wondering, the 30 day detox actually worked. My skin cleared to a much more manageable state of distress and never relapsed once I went back on the sauce. The whole experience made me a lot more conscious of my consumption of caffeine and sugar. I haven’t gone back on coffee, and though I still struggle with my sweet tooth, I try to find healthy ways to feed it. Recently that has meant keeping a batch of these raw cookies on hand in the fridge. I have one after meals, and perhaps a couple in the morning in place of a granola bar. They’re a much better compromise than my requisite bottle of rose, which found its way back into my fridge this summer for good.
Do you have any natural beauty tips or recipes? Let me know in the comments!
Raw Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Bites
- Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir until everything is well incorporated and starting to stick together. Stick the bowl in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, or until the nut mixture has chilled and firmed up slightly.
- With damp hands, form 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball, squeezing it until about 1-inch wide and very compact. (I found it helpful to have a bowl of water handy since the mixture can get sticky and it's easier to have wet hands when handling). Continue with the remaining nut mixture, reserving the balls on a plate or parchment lined sheet pan. Chill the cookie bites until ready to serve or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to snack on throughout the week.
Replace the raw honey with maple syrup and they are vegan oatmeal cookies!