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.
- In a large mixing bowl, stir together the almond meal, cacao nibs, coconut, baking powder, cinnamon salt, and sugar.
- In another bowl, beat the egg very well until it about doubles in volume. Whisk in the coconut oil and vanilla extract. Add the wet mixture into the dry and mix until just combined. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes - this waiting game is the hardest task, if you ask me!
- Preheat oven to 375. Using your hands, roll the chilled cookie dough into balls about 1 inch in diameter, and place on a baking sheet. Press down on tops to flatten a bit.
- Bake until edges begin to brown, about 10 minutes.
- Remove and enjoy!
Have a yummy week!