Cacao, Cherry & Coconut Cookies- A Healthier Version

photo credit:www.healthfulpursuit.comInstead of regular ol’ sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day. We decided to make a healthier version for the holiday. By taking traditional ingredients, we substituted a few of the not so good for you ingredients for ones that are better for your health. My picture didn’t turn out so well. But here’s on from so you can get an idea of what they should look like. Yours will just have sprinkled coconut on top! Hope you love them!

Makes about 36 cookies


  • 2 1/4 C of almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp of Pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 stick of unsalted butter-room temperature
  • 1/2 C of sugar in the raw or xylitol
  • 3/4 C light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 C cacao powder
  • 1 C dried cherries
  • 1/2 C unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 tsp of maca powder (remember to check with a doctor or do your research with new supplements or herbs- may not be suitable for particular health concerns)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, basking soda, and salt. In another bowl, using a mixer, beat butter and sugars until fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs until combines. Add to flour mixture and beat. Then add cherries and cacao powder.
  2. Use a spoon to make about 2 tablespoon-sized cookies. Sprinkle coconut on top. Bake cookies for 12-14 minutes. Let cool for 1-2 minutes. Eat and enjoy!
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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

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