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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 (see below for the kids making it), which is always a bonus and is the ultimate healthy chocolate chip cookie recipe.

 

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

 

Ingredients

150 grams (1¼ firmly packed cups) almond meal

55 grams (¼ cups) of virgin coconut oil, melted if solid)

50-85 grams (¼ cup approx) of rice malt syrup or raw honey (taste the batter and alter the sweetness to taste)

1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste or powder

2 tablespoons of cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips (or both)

1 tablespoon of water

 

Method

  • Preheat your oven to 150 degrees celsius.
  • In a mixing bowl or food processor, combine all of the ingredients above until well combined (Thermomix 5-10 seconds, speed 5).
  • Roll tablespoons of the mix in your hands and place them onto a tray lined with baking paper.
  • Flatten with the back of the fork.  The cookies above have cacao nibs through them and put a little piece of Green and Blacks 85% chocolate on top.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until starting to brown on top.

 

Variations

Dairy-free
Just use cacao nibs and leave out the choc-chips.

 

Low-fructose
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! They can also be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

 

 

For more inspiring healthy advise and delicious recipes, visit www.wellnourished.com.au.

 

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