I know, I know. It’s the first week of the new year and I should be posting particularly healthy stuff. Does it help to know that I’m eating a super healthy stir fry while writing this?
No? Oh well.
If you’re feeling like continuing to indulge this January, or just want to file this one away for later, or, like me, you’re continuing to feed a kiddo that has no concept of New Year’s resolutions or cutting out sugars or what not, then here’s one more cookie recipe for you. They’re delicious, but somehow I’m resisting eat them. Yay me.
Coconut Butter Cookies
3 cups (5.25 ounces) unsweetened, flaked coconut (If you use shredded, go by weight not volume.)
1 cup almond meal (again, I used the cheap Trader Joe’s stuff for this)
1/4 cup garfava flour OR 2 T. sifted coconut flour (I’ve tried it both ways, I prefer the garfava, but if you can’t eat that, then you can use the
1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. baking soda
2 T. ground flax seed + 6 T. hot water
1/3 cup palm sugar
1 t. vanilla
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350°.
Put the coconut in a food processor and turn it on. Let it run for about 10 minutes, scraping the sides occasionally, until you have a liquidy coconut butter. (If you don’t have a food processor you could probably substitute melted purchased coconut butter of the same weight. But, that stuff is way too expensive to use in cookies, in my opinion. By the way, you can stop here, pour it in a jar, and have a really cheap version of coconut butter to spread on toast, too.)
Meanwhile, mix the almond flour, garfava or coconut flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
When the coconut is liquified, add the flax eggs, vanila and sugar. Pulse to combine. Add the dry ingredients and pulse to combine. Remove dough from food processor (it will be thick) and stir in chocolate chips. Roll small (1 T.) balls of dough, place on a parchment-lined cookie sheet and press with a fork in a criss cross pattern.
Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes. Cool completely before moving.
For more slightly indulgent recipes, visit Amy’s Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays. For more gluten-free recipes, check out Gluten-Free Wednesdays.