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Comfort Food with a Wholesome Twist
This is my ninth post on A Pinch of Crazy, and my second dessert post. So considering that nearly 25% of my blog so far is desserts, I guess you could say I have a sweet tooth. If I’m being honest, it’s more like a sugar monster that tackles me every evening, force feeding me candy and cakes. After trying to starve the sugar monster, I realized that a life without chocolate is really no life at all. So what do you do when the sugar monster comes knocking and brings you a craving for chocolate chip cookies? You bake chocolate chip cookies, but with wholesome, real ingredients!
These cookies are scrumptious, but you don’t have to feel guilty about eating one (or two…or three) because there is no dairy, no refined sugar, and no flour. However, they are still treats, not exactly “low carb” or “low fat”, but the carbs come from oats and almonds, and the fats come from coconut oil and natural peanut butter. These healthy, wholesome ingredients are so much better for you than eating a cookie filled with white flour, butter, and white sugar.
Here is a comparison of the nutrition facts in one of my cookies and a Mrs. Fields’ cookie.
Molly’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies:
Mrs. Fields Semi Sweet Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Not ragging on Mrs. Fields; those are some delicious packaged cookies, but homemade is always better, and in this case, healthier!
One of the downsides of homemade cookies is, of course, the dishes. I hate doing dishes, and usually give that lovely chore to my wonderfully helpful husband, but I generally try to create as few dirty dishes as possible. So when making these, all you will need is one mixing bowl and a spoon! Woo!
The flour in my cookies is not traditional all purpose flour, or even whole wheat; it is a mix of almond flour (ground almonds) and oat flour (ground oats), which you can either buy or grind up your own. The chocolate I used was dark baking chocolate; the first time I baked them I used 100% cacao which was a little too bitter. The second time I used 66%, which added more sugar, but was delicious. I think up to 85% cacao would be dark chocolatey deliciousness! I adore these vegan dark chocolate chips from Enjoy Life in cookies, too!
I hope these Wholesome Chocolate Chunk Cookies make their way into your cookie jar, satisfying your sugar monster without setting you off track in your healthy lifestyle.
Wholesome Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Makes 18 cookies.
- 1 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup oat flour
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice, this is my favorite cheap, clean peanut butter)
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 3 oz chopped dark chocolate or dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 F
- Prepare baking sheet with cooking spray
- Combine first six ingredients in a large mixing bowl
- Create a large hole in your dry ingredients (instead of getting out a second bowl for wet ingredients)
- Combine the next five ingredients in your created “bowl”, trying not to mix with the dry ingredients
- Once the wet ingredients are mostly combined, widen your stirring strokes to slowly incorporate the dry ingredients
- Once well combined, fold in chocolate chunks
- Roll about a tablespoon and a half of dough into a ball
- Place dough balls about two inches apart on prepared baking sheet
- Bake for 9-11 minutes until starting to brown
- Let cool on sheet for a minute or two, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely
Next time your sugar monster comes around, bake these Wholesome Chocolate Chunk Cookies! If you do, tag me on Instagram (@mrsmollymills) or Facebook (Molly Mills). Incorporate some healthier treats into your lifestyle so you can enjoy life more. Eat your treats…and enjoy your pinch of crazy!