I’m always trying to think up ways of converting unhealthy, but rather delicious foods (cake, cookies/biscuits/desserts) into healthier versions of themselves. The results are mixed. If you read my last post you’ll see they can be down right terrible but sometimes they come out pretty well. While my tastebuds are quite forgiving when it comes to healthy treats, my husband’s are not (this is a man who likes to eat M & Ms for breakfast!). So when I made this batch of cookies and he actually liked them I knew they could make it onto the blog.
As well as tasting great they’re also incredibly easy to make. Requiring just a handful of ingredients (I normally have in my cupboard) and a few tools (bowl, spoon, measuring cups) you can whip them up in and have them cooling nicely in half an hour.
For those of you who know and love my Healthy Chocolate Brownies these will definitely ring a bell. I’ve basically switched some of the ingredients around and changed their shaped.
- 1 cup of ground almonds
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
- Pinch of salt
- 5-6 tablespoons maple syrup (depending on how sweet you like them)
- 1/4-1/3 cup of chocolate pieces (90% coco solids) I use this one
- Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C fan/gas mark 4/350F. Line a baking tray with baking parchment.
- Place all the dry ingredients into a large bowl (ground almonds, coconut, bicarbonate of soda and salt) and mix together.
- Pour in the maple syrup and vanilla essence and mix again until well combined.
- Finally stir in the chocolate pieces.
- Measure out a tablespoon of dough, shape into a ball and place on the parchment. With a fork press down on each dough ball gently.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool on a rack before eating.
That is it! Really easy, really tasty and no nasty hidden ingredients.These cookies are a treat rather then an every day occurrence in our house. But as a gluten-free, dairy-free, Paleo alternative to shop brought ones they’re pretty special.