Saturday, December 4, 2010

The most AMAZING cookies, AND there's no sugar?

I don't want the little bit growing up eating GOBS of white sugar, I also don't care to be the mom who restricts foods, causing them to become taboo and even more alluring.  So, I've been on a quest to create more nutritious sweets that taste great and that I won't mind letting her eat.  Responsibly of course.  The hubs and I also don't need all the extra white, refined, bleached of all things nutritious, chlorinated, empty calorie crash and burn sugar so yay, let's enjoy a cookie!

1 cup Whole Grain Spelt Flour
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 cup Sucanat *

2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Almond Extract
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Raw Honey
1 Banana Mashed

1/2 cup Walnut Halves
6 squares SUNSPIRE dark baking chocolate **

*Sucanat is a whole cane sugar that hasn't been separated or blended, it's not chlorinated and bleached like white sugar
** I used a baking chocolate, as to not add more sugars to the recipe.  Semi Sweet chips would taste so excellent too!

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl.

Mix wet ingredients in a mixer.

Add dry ingredients to wet and mix.

Blend walnuts and 1/4 of the chocolate in a blender to make a walnut chocolate meal.  Remove from blender.  Now blend remaining chocolate until it's in small chunks (think chip sized).  Mix walnut and chocolate meal and chocolate chunks into dough.

Yields 30 cookies.

Bake 12-15 minutes on cookies sheets.


So, yeah, there are sugars in these cookies, but no white, refined sugar.  Maple syrup is rich in trace minerals (it's brought up from below the ground, from the trees roots).  Unfortunately, many comercial brands use formaldehyde during production, so check out Coombs Vermont Gourmet... they get the thumbs up.

1 comment:

  1. I have to add, because I usually don't follow recipes, but use them as a guide and adapt them based on things I find in my cupboards, DON'T SUBSTITUTE FOR COCONUT OIL. This adds a wonderful undertone of flavor that makes this cookie marvelous. I really think this recipe has a nice balance, but if you adapt it to make it your own, post the changes in these comments and let me know! I'd love know how it comes out and what you did!