Wednesday, 18 May 2016 20:42

Healthy Grain Free Chocolate Cookies with Cashew Butter

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These Chocolate Cookies are the perfect alternative to your favorite nutty treat with a chocolate twist. The combination of antioxidant-rich raw cacao with creamy cashew butter is a great satisfying treat. The high protein and healthy fat content found in these cookies will even keep you full, so you won’t find yourself emptying the cookie jar anytime soon.

Un-Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Peanuts are a legume that can be allergenic for some and I strongly recommend avoiding them. Non-organic peanuts are sprayed with harmful chemicals and organic often have a mold called aflatoxins. Many people are still extremely sensitive to pesticides on peanuts, even if they don’t have a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction, As an alternative I suggest raw nut butter for a healthy dose of fat, protein, and fiber. All nuts and nut butter are calorie-rich, but a small amount will satisfy cravings with easy-to-digest healthy fat to keep you full. The cashew butter in our chocolate cookies contains the antioxidant vitamin E that can protect us against pollutants and neurological diseases along with essential nutrients like vitamin B6, iron, and magnesium.

Coconut palm sugar (made from the sap of a palm tree) is a good alternative to refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. It has a mild, sweet flavor making it a perfect replacement for sugar in baked goods. It is lower on the glycemic index than most sweeteners, meaning it doesn’t raise blood sugar as rapidly as other sugars. Coconut palm sugar also contains potassium which is important for fluid regulation and hydration. Be sure to buy pure coconut palm sugar, as some companies mix it with regular cane sugar. While finding healthier sweeteners should be a priority for any treat, all sweeteners should only be consumed in moderation. When you do have sweet goodies like our chocolate cookies, pairing them with cinnamon helps to slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream by slowing down the breakdown of carbohydrates in the small intestine. This helps to prevent insulin resistance which can lead to metabolic disorders and diabetes. Additionally, cinnamon is also great for blood circulation, making it a heart-healthy choice.

Our healthier chocolate cookies are flour-free, giving them a gooey texture and freeing them from the inflammation and bloating that refined gluten-containing grains can cause.

Ingredients

1 cup raw cashew butter
1 cup coconut palm sugar, plus more for topping
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 eggs

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons vanilla

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place all ingredients in a mixer or large bowl. Start mixing on low, slowly increasing speed until all ingredients are smooth and well-combined.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough, and smooth between hands into even balls, keeping a couple inches of space between each ball of dough.

Use a fork to lightly press dough into flatter discs.

Sprinkle each cookie with more coconut palm sugar.

Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes. Let cool on a rack for 10 minutes before serving (if you can).

Last modified on Wednesday, 18 May 2016 21:00
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