Friday, December 21, 2012

Dark Chocolate Drop Cookies


      Happy, Happy Friday!! And on this Friday I think we all deserve COOKIES!!!!  

     So Christmas is in 4 days! Oh wow, it has appeared out of thin air!  With all of the holiday festivities these cookies are perfect to satisfy the sweet tooth, without throwing your healthy lifestyle out the window.  These dreamy dark chocolate drops are made with almond flour and dark cocoa.  They are sweetened naturally with figs, coconut flakes, applesauce and raw honey.  


      The raw honey I was given from my good friend Ryan, (a guy Ryan :)  His parents own a farm in Indiana and they have recently started producing honey from local bees. This is honestly some amazing honey.  Tastes so sweet with a slight taste of wildflowers.  New Favorite Alert!  This was the perfect sweetener to my delicious chocolate morsels.  Thanks West Family!
   
      Try out these cookies I promise you will not miss the flour or white sugar!  Alright, with all this explaining how good they are I'm off to eat some more!
Enjoy!!



Healthy Tidbits:

Servings:  20  Size:  1 cookie  Calories:  100  Fat:  6g  Carbs:  12.6g  Fiber:  2.3g  Protein:   2.4g Sugar:  9g  Sodium:  73mg

Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup Special Dark Cocoa  or you can use regular cocoa
  • 1 cup  Almond Meal/Flour 
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup Figs, Dried, about 9 of them 
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • it might be nice to add craisins to give a little tartness and interest



Get Cooking:
      In one bowl mix melted butter, applesauce,  vanilla, honey, eggs, and figs that have been blended down in a food processor or blender.  The figs will resemble the inside of a fig newton.  In a separate bowl mix almond flour, coconut flakes that have been pulsed into a powder ( I used my coffee grinder), baking powder, salt, and cocoa.  Almond flour was  pretty easy I simply placed 1 cup almonds into my coffee grinder and pulsed until the texture was that of flour.  Do not over heat or pulse you will get almond butter :).  Or you can buy almond meal/flour at Whole foods or Trader Joe's.  Next add your dry ingredients to your wet and mix well.  On an un-greased baking sheet place drops of cookies.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes.  I let my cookies cool for a minute on the baking sheet, then simply moved them to a baking rack.  Yum, Yum!




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