This is my idea of the perfect treat. It suits all dietary leanings – it’s gluten free, dairy free, grain free, egg free, fructose free and guilt free. It also takes minutes to make, which is always a bonus and is the ultimate healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Truth be known, baking is not my forte. Mind you neither was photography until I put my mind to it and found I really enjoyed it…and there lies the issue. I LOVE cooking, but because I prefer to freestyle in the kitchen, rather than follow a recipe, my attempts at recreating healthy versions of sweet goodies are frequently disastrous. Luckily my kids are very forgiving…I think they are just happy for something with a little sweetness, even if it looks like a dogs dinner!
Anyway, one rainy Queensland summer, I find myself out of eggs and craving a little deliciousness. With a cakey treat ruled out, I fluked these delights. I was feeling a little coconutty or just plain nutty with a chocolate on top! So evolved this really easy and healthy cookie. These beauties are the best and perfect for an after school snack.
What’s so nourishing about them?
Well, firstly almonds are a rich source of protein, essential fats, and fibre. They also contain antioxidants and mood elevating amino acids. The coconut oil, by now, you will know how I love thee. You can find out more about its amazing health benefits here. If you add cacao nibs or dark chocolate, prepare for a magnesium boost and an antioxidant hit that rivals green tea.
Makes 10-12 cookies
150grams (1¼ firmly packed cups) almond meal
55grams (¼ cups) of virgin coconut oil, (melted if solid)
50-85grams (¼ cup approx) of brown rice syrup or raw honey (taste the batter and alter the sweetness to taste)
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or powder
2 tablespoons cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips (or both)
1 tablespoon of water
Just use cacao nibs and leave out the choc chips.
Use the brown rice syrup and cacao nibs.
The best thing about these cookies is that if you do manage to stop at one or two and wait a while, you will find yourself satisfyingly full. That is of course if you do manage to stop at all!
What do you think of this recipe? Please let me know if you’ve tried it!
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