Healthy Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies (fudgy, gluten free and vegan!) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

Healthy Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies – like red velvet cake but in a palm-sized cookie, and without any butter, oil, refined white sugar, bleached flour and artificial food coloring!  And only 65 calories a cookie?  Go ahead, have another one, no guilt involved!

Healthy Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies (fudgy, gluten free and vegan!) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

As a student majoring in Nutritional Sciences who spends way too much time at the library and on campus taking nutrition/dietetics classes, I usually find myself surrounded by people like me — people who try to live healthy lifestyles, eat nutritious food, stay active, have fun, be happy, etc.

But, every once in a while I get a little reminder that not everyone is on the same path as us, and sometimes, that they don’t even want to be.  Just the other day as I was standing at the checkout line at Costco, the checkout employee asked if I liked to eat healthy.

I guess my purchase stood out just a tad compared to the typical Costco customer’s purchase (maybe it was my pound of organic spinach, or the cage-free/organic eggs, organic chicken, grass-fed bison, Greek yogurt and vodka unsweetened almond milk that tipped him off?)

I replied with a simple, “Yes,” and we talked about how it’s important to eat healthy.  After a couple of minutes he said it’s hard for him to eat healthy because he doesn’t like “rabbit food.”

Healthy Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies (fudgy, gluten free and vegan!) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

I was a little shocked.

Did he consider my Costco purchase to be rabbit food?

Do other people think I eat like a rabbit?

My initial shock turned into confusion (mostly because I didn’t even buy carrots, and I usually do, haha) because I don’t feel like I eat bunny chow.  I mean, as I unloaded the groceries into my car, I could see how boring and plain everything looked, but that’s because it hasn’t been prepared yet!  I don’t like buying pre-made food because it’s always super processed, artificial, overly salted, overly sweetened…  basically overly everything.  I wish I could show people (especially that Costco employee) that when prepared correctly, healthy food can taste good damn delicious.

OH WAIT, that’s why I made this blog!

*smacks self in head*

Healthy Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies (fudgy, gluten free and vegan!) - Healthy Dessert Recipes at Desserts with Benefits

So make this rabbit food these chewy, chocolatey, rich and (secretly healthy) Red Velvet Gooey Butter Cookies.  Because dessert is for humans, carrots are for rabbits  😉

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