Monday, 23 August 2010

Chocolate Cookies and mini Muffins

These cookies were made for a friend of mine
who is somewhat afraid to begin a transition
towards a healthier way of eating.
She has a real sweet tooth and loves junk food,
and is doubtful that healthy food can also be delicious!
I made these cookies using healthy ingredients
to show her that healthy treats are not only nutrient dense,
but also much tastier than processed and store bought ones.....

The cookies are crisp on the surface and soft inside
when they come out of the oven and are still warm,
but once cooled down they become more like
a slice of cake then a you can choose
to make cookies or just muffins, both are equally yummy!!!

1 cup finely dessicated coconut or coconut flour
1/4 cup coconut or almond milk
4 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp hemp seeds (optional)
2 tsp cacao powder
2 tsp carob powder (or add 1 tsp cacao powder more)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
a pinch of sea salt

sweetener - I used stevia + 2 tbsp brown rice syrup
You can also use agave or date syrup
as desired. Taste and adjust, add more or less.

1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1/4 cup water

a handful of chopped walnuts

Mix the flax seed powder and water together, keep aside.

Mix all the above ingredients apart from the walnuts
till well combined then add the soaked flax seed powder
and mix all together till you get a thick cake like batter.

Line a baking tray with baking paper and drop spoonfulls
of batter, pressing to get a round shape, keeping at least
2' distance between the cookies.
Bake in a preheated oven 350F / 180C for 18 minutes.
Let them rest on a rack for a few minutes and enjoy while
still slightly warm......

Alternatively you can pour the batter into mini muffin cases
and bake for the same amount of time or do half and half.
Do not make normal sized muffins as they risk being
uncooked and too soft in the center.

Keep it Simple. Be Creative.
Taste and Play. Find your own Way.


shell said...

genius Neeta...thankyou so much, i've been thinking of making a cake along the lines of these ingredients...these cookies look delicious! Really, who needs flour, sugar, margarine, butter & eggs to bake with? The healthy sweet and delicious revolution is here....I shall try them out with Jem soon! xoxoxox

kelli said...

what a sweet post, neeta!=)

Priti said...

Looks so yum ....can't stop drooling over these and being healthy is always a BIG plus point ;)

Srivalli said...

Neeta, these look so fabulous..I have almost all the ingredients on hand..when you mean coconut flour, it is finely ground right?..or is there something like that available?

btw beautiful header..

Neeta said...

thanks shell, hope jem enjoys them, big hugs to both of you :-)

kelli :-))) thanks xoxox

thanks a lot priti and you're right, being healthy is the WHOLE point :-)

valli, yes you can use finely ground of course, hope you all enjoy them....and thanks very much :-)

Priya said...

Fabulous looking cookies and muffins..

Neeta said...

Merci Priya, happy to discover your blog too....and Paris is my second home :-)

Satya said...

neeta these cookies n muffins looks sooo perfect ...thanks for sharing this lovely n healthy recipe


Neeta said...

Welcome Satya and thanks for the kind comment :-)

HippieMom said...

Miam Miam!! Vraiment va falloir que tu me prepares ceux la lorsqu'on se rencontre ;-)

Neeta said...

Oui!!!! Reviens vite alors, je t'attends avec impatience!! Je t'aime fort, big bises xoxox

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Sabrina said...

Hey Neeta :) I found your blog a few months ago (through the CLEAN website) and I am FINALLY going to try some of your recipes!!!
These cookies tonight!! And can't wait to try falafels :D

Neeta said...

Hi Sabrina, so sorry for the delay, somehow overlooked the comment and I've been totally inactive here for months!!! I hope you made the cookies and falafel and enjoyed it - Clean rocks right? :-))))