This is the easiest recipe I know for healthy choc chip cookies adapted from the healthy chef Teresa Cutter. Every person I have served these to cannot believe they are healthy as they taste so good. Be careful when baking them though as the base of the cookie is almond meal which can burn easily if the oven is too hot or you leave them in the oven for too long.
300g almond meal (can be substituted for any other nut meal, hazelnut is also very nice)
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
50g extra virgin coconut oil
zest of 1 whole orange
2 tbsp. orange juice
100g good quality chocolate chopped up into small pieces (greens organic milk is nice but good quality dark chocolate is the best)
Measure out almond meal and zest and place it into a large bowl. Put coconut oil and honey into a small saucepan and slowly heat until the coconut oil and honey become very runny. Pour into the almond meal and mix it up with the vanilla, the mix will possibly be crumbly at this stage. Add the chopped chocolate and mix it through the meal with the orange juice. If the mixture is too crumbly you can add a little water to make the mixture hold together. Grease two 12 hole muffin tins (I like the muffin tin as the cookies hold their shape better when cooked in these) and spoon into muffin holes 1 large tablespoon of mixture into each hole. Place the tins in the oven on the top two shelves of the oven to minimise the burning factor on the bottom of the cookies. Bake on 150 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until the cookies are light brown in colour and be careful not to burn them. Cool in the tin and turn out onto a plate when cold. Store in an airtight container (I store mine in the fridge) for 5 days (if they last that long).
Makes 24 good sized cookies
Try and make your own almond meal using whole almonds instead of the skinless white part as the skin is where all the nutrients are. Investing in a good food processor or blender will save you money in the long run as buying almond meal can be expensive. Store your nuts and nut meals in the freezer to prevent them going rancid due to the high oil content.
This is a good base recipe which you can adjust depending on what type of cookie you want to make. I like to add orange and chocolate to make beautiful chocolate orange cookies, but mint chocolate and a splash of mint extract to the mixture makes delicious cookies too. The only problem is trying not to eat too much of the raw mixture before you bake them!