dessert, snacks

Chocolate and Pecan Cookies

Never met anyone who didn’t love chocolate chip cookies, but so often in our older and wiser years, we try to stay away from the typical “Chips-Ahoy” types. Don’t get me wrong, those are great, but in terms of healthy they are somewhat lacking… Enter healthier more wholesome, gluten free, paleo, refined-sugar free cookies with good fiber and healthier chocolate.

 

What you need

  • 3/4 cup/170g unsalted butter or coconut butter/oil, softened. Not liquid.
  • 1 cup/125g coconut sugar.
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, or 1 flax egg for a vegan alternative.
  • ½ cup milk
  • 2 cup/250g cassava flour
  • ½ cup/55g rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt (approx. ¼ tsp)
  • 1 cup/130g roasted pecan pieces
  • 100-125g cup choc chips

How to make them

  1. Preheat oven to 170° Line/grease a backing tray
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream coconut sugar with butter/coconut oil.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla essence, and milk and mix well
  4. Add the dry ingredients (cassava flour, rolled oats, bicarb, baking powder and salt), and combine.
  5. Finally, fold in the chocolate chips and the roasted pecan pieces.
  6. Roll the dough into golf-ball sized balls and flatten between the palms of your hands before placing onto greased cookie sheet
  7. Bake for 12-15 min, then remove from oven and let cool.

This recipe calls for cassava flour, a wonderful grain-free flour that can replace wheat flour in almost all recipes (that I’ve tried), at a 1:1 ratio.

The coconut sugar is a much healthier and natural alternative to other refined cane sugars. Saying this, it must be noted that sugar (regardless of the source) is a carbohydrate which is still broken down to glucose in the body, thus raising blood sugar levels. just because this recipe used coconut sugar over other types of sugars, it doesn’t mean that you can eat more of it with no effect, but it is a better one to have if you are going to eat cookies.

The chocolate that i used is a vegan organic chocolate from Belgium. I get this from NOMU – its the best the money can buy in South Africa and worth every cent.

To make these cookies vegan, the butter can be replaced with softened coconut oil and the egg with a flax egg. To make a flax egg, you simply combine 1 tablespoon of flax powder with 3 tablespoons of water. Mix the flax and water together and let sit for 10 minutes.

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