Desserts & Treats

Desserts & Treats

- Inspired by Danielle Walker's Recipe in Eat What you Love
6 tbsp hot water
2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
1 cup unsweetened coconut
1 cup butter, coconut oil, palm shortening or a combination
2/3 cup raw honey or maple syrup
1/2 cup raw cane sugar
2 tsp pure vanilla
2 cups almond flour
1/2 cup arrowroot flour
7 tbsp coconut flour
4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp fine sea salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (Enjoy Life is dairy free)
Preheat oven to 350 F.  In a small bowl mix the ground flax and water and set aside.
Place the coconut on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 2-5 minutes.
In a mixing bowl, add the butter, coconut oil and use a hand mixer to beat until creamy.  Add in the honey, sugar, vanilla and flax mixture and blend until combined.
Add the almond flour, arrowroot flour, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt and beat for again until combined.
Add the toasted coconut flakes, chocolate chips and fold together until incorporated.
Form the dough into 24 golf ball sized balls and place them on two baking sheets lined with parchment, or use stoneware.  
Bake one sheet at a time for 10-15 minutes depending on your oven, until the edges of the cookies are golden brown.
Cool for 10 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Can be stored up to 2 weeks in the fridge in an airtight container, or the freezer for 6 months.
*The second time I baked these at 400 F for 10 minutes.

Black Bean Chia Brownies
This recipe is loaded with fibre in the black beans and the chia. You can omit the walnuts or replace with hemp seeds if you wish. Great gluten-free treat that tastes delicious.

1 15 oz can black beans (drained and rinsed)
3 large eggs
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup of raw cane sugar
1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup of walnuts, pecans or hemp seeds

Mix all but the chocolate chips and nuts together with a beater or in your high powered blender or food processor. Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts. Place in an 8x8 greased pan and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

What's Christmas baking without Ginger Snaps?  Many of the recipes I found were loaded with sugar and oil, so I wanted to find a healthier recipe that would actually let the spices come through.  Healthier baking allows for a little indulgence.  These cookies fit the bill, the molasses gives them enough sweetness.
I have never made Gingerbread, but these little guys are a snap! The touch of sweetness comes from molasses, which is loaded with trace minerals.
Ginger Snaps
2 1/4 cups spelt flour (sifted)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp cloves
2/3 cup dark molasses
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
Mix together in a medium sized bowl the flour, baking powder, baking soda, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves.
In a second bowl, cream together the molasses and melted coconut oil.
Fold the flour mixture into the liquid mixture a bit at a time and mix well until all the flour mixture has been added.
When mixed together, roll into balls.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment or use a stone.
You may want to press them down with a fork.
*Tip Dip the fork in water so it won't stick to the dough.
Bake at 350 for 11-14 min.
Dee’s Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 cup whole rolled oats
1 cup whole-wheat or spelt flour
1  cup ground flax seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup raw cane sugar
 1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 1 cup chocolate chips or carob chips
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray (not required if you're  using non-stick pans)
Mix oats and flour in a medium bowl. Add baking soda and salt and whisk until mixed in. Whisk in wheat germ, flax and coconut.
Beat butter in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, egg and vanilla; beat until smooth and creamy. With the mixer running, add the dry ingredients, beating on low speed until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and walnut pieces using a wooden spoon or spatula. Chill the dough in a refrigerator for at least 1 hour. The dough should be firm before proceeding with step 3.
Force a spoon into the dough to remove about 2-3 tablespoonfuls per cookie, at least 1 inch apart, onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake cookies, until firm around the edges and golden on top, about 12 minutes. Remove baking sheets from the oven immediately and cool the cookies for 2 minutes, then transfer to wire racks with a spatula to cool.

Everyone loves cookies, and chocolate chip seems to be the popular choice.  However, if you need to avoid gluten or simply want to minimize your exposure to wheat due to sensitivities or hormone issues, then coconut flour is a viable option.  Purchasing gluten-free items in the grocery store can be costly, so if you can master a few recipes to make at home you can enjoy these treats with less processing.  I will admit, the texture of these cookies will be a bit different than you are used to.  I let these cookies cool completely on the pan before trying to remove them.  Let them set up really well before trying to move and store them.  Then, I promise you will have a nice firm cookie.  These are not as cakey as some gluten-free cookies can be.  To be dairy-free omit the butter and use coconut oil and use Enjoy Life gluten-free, dairy-free chocolate chips.  


Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup Butter, softened ( I used 1/2 coconut butter and 1/2 coconut oil or any nut butter)
3/4 cup raw cane sugar or coconut sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup coconut flour or more
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips (Enjoy Life is a gluten-free, dairy-free brand)

Cream the butter and sugar together, then fold in the other ingredients and mix well.
If it is too wet you can add another 1/4 to 1/2 cup of coconut flour.
Roll into balls and then smoosh down. They will not spread.
Bake at 365 for about 12 minutes. Let them cool on the cookie sheet, as they will be quite crumbly till they cool.

Just last week my daughter had some friends over to celebrate her birthday.  As we were enjoying dinner, all of her friends were telling me their favourite foods that I make and what I can make for them the next time they visit.  This chocolate chip cookie is Emma's favourite, and got a resounding yes from the rest of the crowd.
I wanted to  attempt  a new oatmeal chocolate chip recipe and incorporate two nutrient dense foods I love, chia and hemp seeds.
Talk about a powerhouse cookie! Some might even say, GOOD FOR YOU! Good luck trying to keep them out of these cookies.  
Hempseed & Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies