Saturday, December 13, 2014

Cookies - Healthy Option

Black Bean Chocolate Cookies 
(you wont even know they are good for you) 

This holiday season, or whenever you are craving chocolate, create something you will feel good about eating. This should satisfy that chocolate craving because the richness of the cocoa powder and the thickness of the beans makes these cookies fudgey and very satisfying!

Black beans and nut butters give these morsels punch of protein. Good oils in the nuts and coconut oils are important to absorb nutrients and minerals as well as for overall health. Cocoa powder gives a boost of antioxidants. Chocolate chips.....well, they are yummy and if you get organic, extra dark, the better they are.

NOTE: when and if, use as many organic ingredients as you can. If you don't have it, use what you do.

1 cup cooked organic black beans (rinsed if using canned)
2 tablespoons organic coconut oil or olive oil
2 tablespoons organic nut butter ( I like to use 1 almond butter & 1 peanut butter)
2 tablespoons organic milk of choice
5 tablespoons organic cocoa powder
4-6 pitted dates OR 1/2 cup maple syrup or sucanat sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soada
1/4 -1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
Optional: 1/4 cup nuts of choice (crushed walnuts, almonds, cashews, pecans, peanuts etc.)
              Add 2-3 drops of peppermint oil for festive cookies, or use different kinds of chocolate chips like peanut butter, white chocolate or peanut butter or even dried tart cherries, be creative! 

Turn oven on to 350 degrees. Put everything, except chocolate chips and nuts, in a food processor, blend until smooth. Add chocolate chips and nuts if you desire. Pulse a few times. 
Scoop into 2 inch rounds, slightly press down to make a disk. bake in oven for 8-12 minutes. They will be pretty soft, but will set up when cooling. Should have a soft brownie like texture in the middle and firm edges when cooked right. 

These things can be made up and baked in about 20 minutes or less. Easy, healthy and super yummy. Use them for the last minute party you forgot to make something for or a power snack for you and your family. 
Inspired by Green Kitchen

Happy Holidays! xx