Knox (my son) was hard to get to sleep as a new baby. For the first 5 months of his life I barely had time to put him down and nighttime was always a big struggle. He would cry and scream and getting him to fall asleep was so challenging. I was super anxious all the time and constantly worried about bedtime.
I craved for the days when my son would go to bed before us and I would have time to read or drink wine or talk to my husband. That was not a reality for us for a long time.
I remember when we dropped the evening nap and I tried putting him to bed for the first time (before we went to bed) and it felt like everything in my world changed in an instant.
What is that?
This began our nightly rituals.
After Knox goes to bed, Joel and I clean up, shower, do any leftover clean up from dinner, and then get all prepped at ready for a night of relaxation.
We do this almost every single night.
Since we both wake up around 5am and work all day, we are both exhausted by the time Knox goes to bed. Joel works about 10-12 hours everyday and I work every single second that Knox naps and when he’s awake I am taking care of him, running errands, or doing household chores. We both go nonstop from the moment we wake up until our sacred nightly relax time.
So, back to our “relax to the max” routine.
I take this time of day very seriously. We must maximize every minute together and take advantage of the quiet alone time.
One thing I love to do during our alone time is have some type of snack or treat. I pretty much always get hungry after dinner, so I am constantly on the hunt for easy, nutritious, snacks and sweets.
This cookie recipe has quickly become a favorite since I can whip it up quickly and we typically have the ingredients stocked up. Sometimes, I even make a half batch if we are low on nut butter. The only tricky part is splitting the egg in half, so I just use the egg white. So actually, not that tricky at all. :)
If you’re like me and crave some “me time” at the end of the night, but also tend to have a small, okay large, sweet tooth, I’ve got you covered. Or if you’re just here for a healthier, EASY cookie recipe, then you’re also in the right place, too.
Enough talking, let’s get to the goodies.
Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies, grain-free, dairy-free
1 cup almond butter (you could also use cashew butter for a more expensive, sweeter version)
⅔ cup coconut sugar or maple syrup
1 tsp baking soda
Handful of mini dairy free chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare a cookie sheet by laying a piece of parchment paper down.
Mix all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Stir in chocolate chips.
Spoon dough onto cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely (or else they will fall apart).
Take a shower, get your pjs on, turn on Netflix, then grab a cookie and you’re all set for your “relax to the max” evening. Enjoy, my loves.