Monday, September 15, 2008

Really Healthy Cookies

I could not resist adding these cookies to my blog. I am going to try these next time I have people round for afternoon tea.

Nikki's Healthy Cookie Recipe

You can use unsweetened carob, or grain sweetened chocolate chips, or do what I did and chop up 2/3 of a bar of Scharffen berger 70%. I sort-of shaved half the bar with a knife and then cut the rest into bigger chip-sized chunks. You can make your own almond meal by pulsing almonds in a food processor until it is the texture of sand - don't go too far or you'll end up with almond butter. And lastly, the coconut oil works beautifully here, just be sure to warm it a bit - enough that it is no longer solid, which makes it easier to incorporate into the bananas.

3 large, ripe bananas, well mashed (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup coconut oil, barely warm - so it isn't solid (or alternately, olive oil)
2 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup almond meal
1/3 cup coconut, finely shredded & unsweetened
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
6 - 7 ounces chocolate chips or dark chocolate bar chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, racks in the top third.

In a large bowl combine the bananas, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks/chips.The dough is a bit looser than a standard cookie dough, don't worry about it. Drop dollops of the dough, each about 2 teaspoons in size, an inch apart, onto a parchment (or Silpat) lined baking sheet. Bake for 12 - 14 minutes. I baked these as long as possible without burning the bottoms and they were perfect - just shy of 15 minutes seems to be about right in my oven.

Makes about 3 dozen bite-sized cookies.


At 7:50 PM, Blogger Sophie said...

Yumm these look good. I might have to give them a try too. Actually I was thinking recently that I needed to search your blog for the onion and thyme marmalade. I really loved it and ran out ages ago - time to make some more for sure.

At 12:18 AM, Anonymous Frederick said...


Healthy cookies? Now that's a treat!

Yup, don't forget to warm coconut oil a bit. It turns from a clear liquid into a hard, white solid at temperatures below 76 degrees F (24 C).

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At 7:03 PM, Blogger Maureen said...

Sophie, that onion and thyme marmalade is sure good, I must make some more too.

Thanks Frederick, will remember to warm the coconut oil, have not used it before.


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