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  • Soft, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

    Are you ready for a chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe that is out of this world delicious yet also gluten-free and healthier than most chocolate chip cookie recipes? I think I just heard you say, “Yes!”

    Don’t worry, it won’t take long to make these dark chocolate delights a reality; These soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies can be made in just 30 minutes.

    The Perfect Cookie Texture

    What makes a chewy chocolate chip cookie?  How do you make cookies soft and chewy? How do you make cookies chewy not cakey? How can you make a hard cookie soft? These are just some of the many questions people ask when on their quest to create the perfect cookie texture.

    Of course, the perfect texture is a matter of personal opinion, but let’s talk about some of the ways to create your ideal cookie results. Think of this as a mini baking lesson.

    Chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe - Dr. Axe

    If your end goal is to make your homemade cookies…

    • Thicker: There are a few things that can help to make cookies thicker as well as softer. First, combine a higher temperature with a shorter baking time to create thicker as well as softer cookies. Creating round dough balls (rather than flat) also helps bakers to obtain softer, thicker cookies. (1)
    • Thinner: Adding more sugar typically makes cookies thinner, but skip the refined sugar and opt for a healthier option like the coconut sugar used in this recipe. Of course, I always recommend adding as little of any sugar as possible. Another thing that helps to create thinner cookies is to flatten the cookie dough balls before they go into the oven.
    • Fluffier: If fluffy is your goal, opt for baking powder in place of baking soda in a recipe. Both contribute to fluffiness, but baking powder trumps baking soda here. Keep in mind that a quarter teaspoon of baking soda is equivalent to one teaspoon of baking powder. Both baking soda and baking powder also contribute to a lighter colored cookie in the end.
    • Softer/Chewier: Including a melted fat like butter or coconut oil makes for wetter batter, and it also generates more holes in the dough that are smaller which results in a softer, chewier cookie texture.
    • Cakier: For a cakey texture, keep the fatty ingredient (like butter or coconut oil) cold because this will result in a cookie with larger holes and hence a cakier texture.

    What if you end up with hard cookies and you really didn’t want them to be hard? You can try putting the cookies into an airtight container and add several slices of a water-rich fruit such as a fresh apple. Wait a few hours. In theory, the cookies will soak up the moisture from the apples and be a bit softer. If all tricks fail, I’ve never met a hard cookie that a glass of milk didn’t soften.

    Nutrition Facts

    One serving of this chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe contains about:

    • 170 calories
    • 3.7 grams protein
    • 12.8 grams fat
    • 13.9 grams carbohydrates
    • 1.6 grams fiber
    • 7.7 grams sugar
    • 125 milligrams sodium (8 percent DV)
    Chewy chocolate chip cookies ingredients - Dr. Axe

    How to Make Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

    There are so many chocolate chip cookie recipes out there, but after you try this one, you just might consider it the best chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe ever. I’m happy to say that you can actually use healthier ingredients, ditch the gluten-heavy flour and still create incredible cookies.

    How to make chewy chocolate chip cookies starts out with combining the wetter ingredients. Next, you add the dry ingredients into the mix. Don’t forget you can also make the Paleo flour blend yourself! Now it’s time for the delicious dark chocolate chips to get folded in.

    At this point, you have your final cookie dough, and you can form it into balls before putting them onto your baking sheet.

    Let’s get started on making these. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

    In a medium bowl, combine the coconut oil, coconut sugar, egg, almond butter and vanilla extract. Whisk together and set aside.

    Chewy chocolate chip cookies step 2 - Dr. Axe

    In a small bowl, add in the remaining ingredients, minus the chocolate chips, and mix until well-combined.

    Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.

    Chewy chocolate chip cookies step 4 - Dr. Axe

    Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until well-incorporated.

    Add the dark chocolate chips.

    Chewy chocolate chip cookies step 6 - Dr. Axe

    Add the dark chocolate chips. Fold them into the mix.

    Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough and form into a cookie shape. Place each cookie on a 9×11 baking sheet, spaced 1–2 inches apart.

    Chewy chocolate chip cookies step 8 - Dr. Axe

    Bake for 10 to 11 minutes. Take them out of the oven and cool on a rack for at least 20 minutes before offering them up!

    Chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe - Dr. Axe

    Enjoy your homemade soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies!

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    Chewy chocolate chip cookies

    Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe


    • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
    • Total Time: 20 minutes
    • Yield: 10
    • Diet: Gluten Free

    Description

    We’re all on a mission: Finding the best chocolate chip cookie on the planet. In our humble, opinion, this one is it because it’s chewy (a must!) and loaded with healthy ingredients yet still deliver that classic chocolate chip cookie punch. Enjoy!


    Ingredients

    • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
    • ⅓ cup coconut sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tablespoons almond butter
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • ½ teaspoon sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch
    • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon Paleo flour blend
    • ½ cup dark chocolate chips (70% or darker)

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients: coconut oil, coconut sugar, egg, almond butter and vanilla extract. Set aside.
    3. In a small bowl, add in the remaining dry ingredients, except the chocolate chips, and mix until well-combined.
    4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until well-incorporated, then fold in the chocolate chips.
    5. Cover dough and let chill in the fridge for about 10 minutes to make it easier to work with. (Optional)
    6. Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough and form into a cookie shape. Place each cookie on a 9×11 baking sheet, spaced 1–2 inches a part.
    7. Bake for 10–11 minutes.
    8. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack. Let cool for at least 20 minutes before diving in.
    • Prep Time: 10 min
    • Cook Time: 10 min
    • Category: Desserts, Sncks
    • Method: Baking
    • Cuisine: American

    Nutrition

    • Serving Size: 1 cookie (37g)
    • Calories: 197
    • Sugar: 7.7g
    • Sodium: 125mg
    • Fat: 12.8g
    • Saturated Fat: 7.1g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 3.5g
    • Trans Fat: 0g
    • Carbohydrates: 13.9g
    • Fiber: 1.6g
    • Protein: 2.9g
    • Cholesterol: 17mg

    Keywords: chewy chocolate chip cookies, best chocolate chip cookies, soft chocolate chip cookies

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  • Greek Chicken Souvlaki Recipe

    Greece is known for its whole-food based Mediterranean diet that is impressively healthy and tastes amazing, too! When it comes to Greek food, souvlaki definitely tops the list of most popular dishes. To get the most out of this chicken souvlaki recipe, I recommend using organic, free-range chicken to really up the health factor of this mouth-watering recipe.

    So what is chicken souvlaki exactly? I’m about to tell you, and then I’ll get to the important part — a healthy and delicious version of this classic Greek-food staple.

    What Is Chicken Souvlaki?

    Souvlaki is one of Greece’s most beloved “fast-food” items along with gyros and kebabs. Fast food in the United States is typically loaded with highly processed, health-hazardous ingredients, including meat that isn’t even 100 percent meat. Souvlaki, on the other hand, is fast to make and easy to eat on the go, but it still uses fresh, whole and healthy ingredients.

    If you’ve been to a Greek restaurant before, then you probably already know to order “chicken souvlaki” not “souvlaki chicken”. The meat always goes in front to denote which protein is the star of the souvlaki. In addition to chicken souvlaki, there’s also pork, beef and lamb souvlaki.

    Chicken souvlaki recipe - Dr. Axe

    What is souvlaki? It’s basically pieces of meat that have been grilled on a skewer. The freshly grilled protein is often put into a pita along with vegetables, sauce and garnish. Souvlaki can also be served on a plate with rice, grilled bread or potatoes.

    Souvlaki is also sometimes served with Greek side dishes like lemon rice. Another popular rice option is Greek rice also known as Spanakorizo, or spinach rice. Both Greek lemon rice and spinach rice are delicious, but I would recommend using a sprouted rice to increase the nutrition and digestibility of the rice.

    If you like chicken souvlaki, then you’ll most likely enjoy chicken kabobs. There isn’t a huge difference between Greek kabobs and Greek souvlaki. Greek chicken kabobs and chicken souvlaki are both made of meat that has been grilled on skewers, which are a long pieces of wood or metal used to hold pieces of food together.

    In addition to meat, vegetables like peppers and onions are also commonly added to the skewers. Souvlaki is more commonly served as a pita sandwich, while kebabs are more likely to be plated.

    Nutrition Facts

    One serving of this chicken souvlaki recipe contains about:

    • 344 calories
    • 50.7 grams protein
    • 13 grams fat
    • 1.3 grams carbs
    • <1 gram fiber
    • <1 gram sugars
    • 246 milligrams sodium (16 percent DV)
    • 242 milligrams cholesterol
    • 9.6 milligrams niacin (48 percent DV)
    • 359 milligrams phosphorus (36 percent DV)
    • 0.7 milligrams vitamin B6 (35 percent DV)
    • 3 milligrams zinc (20 percent DV)
    • 0.3 milligrams riboflavin (18 percent DV)
    • 12 micrograms vitamin K (15 percent DV)
    • 0.2 milligrams thiamin (13 percent DV)
    • 0.7 micrograms vitamin B12 (12 percent DV)
    • 437 milligrams potassium (12 percent DV)
    • 2.1 milligrams iron (12 percent DV)
    • 41 milligrams magnesium (10 percent DV)
    Chicken souvlaki ingredients - Dr. Axe

    As you can see, this recipe is quite nutritious — mainly thanks to its key ingredient of chicken. To be more exact on just how nutritious one serving of this chicken souvlaki is, one serving contains at least 10 percent the daily recommended value or more of 11 different key nutrients!

    For example, a serving of this recipe has just shy of half of most people’s daily niacin requirements. Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is known for reducing inflammation, improving circulation and helping the body to produce key hormones. (12)

    This chicken souvlaki recipe is rich in phosphorus, which along with calcium, is essential to bone and tooth health. The body also uses phosphorus for cellular repair, waste removal, energy storage, energy usage and the production of DNA. (13)

    I could go on and on, but I’m sure you’re getting the picture — this Greek delicacy may be fast and inexpensive to make, but it’s loaded with healthy nutrients.

    How to Make Chicken Souvlaki

    This take on chicken souvlaki skips the skewers and uses the oven, which means less work for the cook. Before you get started, make sure you have your oven preheating to 375 F. This recipe is really easy — you basically just need to mix your chicken souvlaki marinade, let the chicken marinate a while and then cook the chicken.

    A Greek rice recipe (such as a lemon rice recipe) makes a great addition to chicken souvlaki, but I recommend choosing between putting the chicken into a pita or having the chicken with a side of rice so that you don’t overload on carbohydrates. And don’t forget my Tzatziki Sauce Recipe — it is the perfect topping for this chicken souvlaki.

    Are you ready to make one of my favorite Greek chicken recipes?

    Add all ingredients, minus the chicken, to a bowl and whisk to combine.

    Add the chicken to the mixture and use your hands to mix until evenly-coated. Allow the mixture to marinate for up to one hour.

    Chicken souvlaki step 2 - Dr. Axe

    On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, add the chicken pieces.

    You can add some extra herbs on top of the chicken if you like and then bake for 30 minutes or until the chicken thighs reach an internal temperature of 165 F.

    Chicken souvlaki step 4 - Dr. Axe

    You can have a side of nutritious sprouted rice (feel free to add some spinach and/or lemon for a Greek twist) with your chicken. I chose to put tzatziki sauce and lemon over mine!

    Chicken souvlaki recipe - Dr. Axe

    You can also put the chicken inside of a gluten-free pita with veggies like tomato, onion and cucumber. Don’t forget to top it with some sauce and maybe some crumbled feta cheese.

    Chicken souvlaki recipe - Dr. Axe

    Another great dish to pair with souvlaki is the Greek avgolemono soup recipe. Check it out.

    Otherwise, try these other delicious, distinctive dishes that feature chicken thighs:

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    Chicken souvlaki

    Greek Chicken Souvlaki Recipe


    • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
    • Total Time: 40 minutes
    • Yield: 6
    • Diet: Gluten Free

    Description

    Greece is known for its whole-food based Mediterranean diet that features many healthy, unique and delicious dishes. Souvlaki is one of them and is often made with chicken or lamb. This chicken souvlaki recipe uses organic, free-range chicken. It’ll be a hit!


    Ingredients

    • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
    • ½ lemon, juiced
    • ¼ cup white wine
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon Mediterranean oregano
    • 1 teaspoon basil
    • 8 chicken skinless, boneless thighs

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
    2. Add all the ingredients, except the chicken, to a bowl and whisk to combine.
    3. Toss in the chicken and, using your hands, mix until evenly coated.
    4. Allow the mixture to marinate for up to 1 hour.
    5. On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, add the chicken and bake for 30 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 F.
    6. Add to a side of sprouted rice or in a gluten-free pita with all your favorite veggies!
    • Prep Time: 10 min
    • Cook Time: 30 min
    • Category: Main Dishes
    • Method: Baking
    • Cuisine: Greek

    Nutrition

    • Serving Size: 1 serving (275g)
    • Calories: 344
    • Sugar: 0.2
    • Sodium: 246mg
    • Fat: 13g
    • Saturated Fat: 3.1g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 8.2g
    • Trans Fat: 0g
    • Carbohydrates: 1.3g
    • Fiber: 0.2g
    • Protein: 50.8g
    • Cholesterol: 242mg

    Keywords: greek souvlaki, chicken souvlaki, souvlaki

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    Source
    nature.com/articles/s41467-022-35309-y

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    The researchers found that people with blood pressure 160/100 mm Hg or higher who drank at least two cup of coffee a day had double the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease as those who didn’t drink coffee at all. The good news: Drinking just one cup of coffee, or any amount of green tea, a day wasn’t associated with increased risk.

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