Wednesday, 20 April 2016 22:30

Dee's Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies

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 coconut flakes
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
 

Directions:
 
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.
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 19:06

Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies

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.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 17:51

Hempseed & Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies

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
 
Ingredients:
 
1 1/3 cup of spelt flour
1 1/2 cup of rolled oats
3/4 cup of coconut
1/3 cup chia seeds (whole)
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup of chocolate chips

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 cup of coconut oil

3/4 cup of raw cane sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla


 
Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. 
In another bowl, cream the coconut oil and sugar together, then add the egg and vanilla.
  
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture.

Scoop out batter onto a greased baking sheet or use parchment or stoneware.
Press down with a fork.
  You can wet the spoon between pressing so the batter doesn't stick.
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.
 
 
I found that under cooking left the cookies crumbly. I also froze half of the batch and they turned out great! ENJOY!!!
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