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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dark Chocolate SANE Cookies

Just checking in to see how the SANE eating challenge is going? I'm not gonna lie... I think this has been the hardest challenge yet for me! We eat a lot of vegetables but getting in 10 servings every day is tough! I've fallen short a couple of the days but we're going to keep trying! :)

So maybe you're to the point in the challenge that you're really wanting a sweet treat...? I decided to try out one of the SANE dessert recipes from The Calorie Myth to go along with the weekly challenge and what better recipe to try than a cookie? I made a few changes to it (surprise, surprise, right?), so here's my version!

These cookies are called "Dark Chocolate-Espresso Cookies" in The Calorie Myth, but I'm not into espresso so I decided to just go for dark chocolate! Many of the measurements in the recipe are in ounces, so I just did my best to put them into cups. They are gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free (depending on the chocolate you use) and won't send your blood sugar out the roof like typical cookies! I also made half the recipe since we didn't need 32 cookies floating around my house like the recipe said it makes ;0)

Dark Chocolate Cookies

1/2 unsweetened 100% chocolate bar, cut into chunks (I used 85% since that's what I had)
1/4 c coconut oil
1/2 c xylitol
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 c almond meal
3/4 c cacao powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbsp coconut flour
1/4 c coconut milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix coconut oil and xylitol (should resemble fine bread crumbs)
3. Stir in the eggs and vanilla.
4. In another bowl, whisk the almond flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, & coconut flour until combined.
5. Add to the egg mixture
6. Add the coconut milk until combined
7. Stir in dark chocolate chunks
8. Place cookie balls onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
9. Bake 10-12 minutes
10. Move onto a rack to cool completely

Makes about 15 cookies

I didn't forget... it's Thankful Thursday! Today I am thankful for some fun girl time with my mother & sisters-in-law. I definitely needed a boost to my oxytocin levels (which also lowers cortisol, the stress-hormone), so girl-time was a great way to do that! Have you scheduled some good quality time lately with people who make you happy?