On Monday night, I was having one of those nights when I just NEEDED a dessert. I didn't have anything in the house that could cure my craving, not even a single chocolate chip in my baking drawer. I tried to distract myself . . . I started and stopped writing the same thank you note over and over to go peek again into my pantry and see if I may have just missed a little something. I would have driven somewhere to get a soft, warm cookie, but Mitch took my car and would be at his fantasy football draft (his 4th league, by the way...) for the next several hours. I threw my half-written thank you note to the side and was determined to whip up something sweet and satisfying with only the few ingredients that I had at home. I pulled out the fabulous Sprouted Kitchen cookbook that I just got from my friend at my bridal shower, found the "Treats" section and zeroed in on the the first recipe listed, the Almond Meal Cookies with Coconut and Cacao Nibs. Baking time - 7-10 minutes. Only one bowl required. And I had every ingredient listed in the title of the recipe. YES. I was in luck.
After taking 3 minutes to mix the dough together, I ate a giant spoonful - had to taste test it, obviously! - and I was already amazed by the sweet, delicious, almondy and coconutty flavor. Thank you Sara Forte of Sprouted Kitchen for saving me on this desperate Monday night! I pretty much used her exact recipe, but added more vanilla extract and 1 tsp of cinnamon because it's basically against my religion not to have lots of cinnamon and vanilla in anything I bake.
These cookies are my new fave. After eating four of them right when they were out of the oven, and then seeing my ultra healthy fiance polish off another four, I decided I HAD to put them on WNB to share with you all. They're nutty, sweet, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. They have a subtle chocolatey taste from the cacao nibs, without all the added sugar and fat that you'd get in regular chocolate chips. 24 hours after baking these, all the cookies are gone and I'm SO sad. I'm in love with these healthy treats and you will be too! Here's all you'll need to whip these babies up:
Lightly adapted from The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook
1 1/4 cup almond meal
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup sugar - options: cane, sucanat, coconut sugar, muscovado sugar
1 tsp cinnamon (I added this)
3 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (Sara's recipe calls for 1/2 tsp, but for me, the more vanilla the better!)
Yields 20 cookies. Unless you eat the dough like me - yields 18 cookies.
By the way, these cookies are totally acceptable for breakfast, snack time or dessert. I wouldn't even call them "cookies", they're more like power snacks full of healthy ingredients and are highly encouraged in your daily diet. Now what's better than that? Also, please notice my wooden spoon - Life's Short, Eat Cookies. I couldn't agree more! Especially when they're as delish and healthy as these. :)
Have a yummy week!
July 28th, 2016
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Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.