Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Superfood Chocolate Cookies

Superfood Chocolate Cookies
Avocado Cookies? Yuck!  I know, I get it.  They don't sound good. Even to someone like me who loves avocado chocolate pudding, and makes cookies with pureed beans in them. But I promise, if I didn't tell you there was avocado in these you would never, ever guess.  You would just think they were super fudgy little bites of dark chocolate goodness. It's no secret that I love to sneak healthy ingredients into baked goods so that I can get my kids, especially my daughter to eat fruits and vegetables without having to actually take a bite of a fruit or vegetable, so although there is chocolate and honey in the ingredients, I still think they provide a good amount of nutritious fuel for my family's active lifestyle.  These are best made in a food processor so that the ingredients combine smoothly, and then stored in the freezer to maintain freshness.  I made them small so they could be bite sized, but I am sure you could make them a little bit bigger and even add mini chocolate chips to them as well.  The combination of avocado, almond butter, and eggs, along with the rich chocolate, cocoa and honey, make them the perfect sweet treat that is also full of vitamins, fiber and protein. And they are great served with a thin layer of peanut butter on top, or as a little cookie sandwich! 

Superfood Chocolate Cookies

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate
2 T. organic virgin coconut oil
2 avocadoes
1/2 C. almond butter
2/3 C. honey, or maple syrup
6 organic eggs
1/2 C. organic raw cocoa powder
6 T. almond flour
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt together the chocolate and coconut oil, and set aside. Puree the avocado in a food processor or high-speed blender until very smooth. Add the other ingredients, one at a time and pulse until the batter is smooth. Chill the batter in the fridge for at least an hour. Fill a pastry bag (or a ziploc bag with a hole cut in the corner) and pipe batter onto cookie sheets into 1 inch circles. Bake for about 12 minutes.

pureed avocado

finished batter

ready to bake

close up view before baking

hot from the oven

close up view

cooling off
Served with creamy peanut butter
sandwiched in between two cookies

close up view

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