Ah chocolate….The secret behind its powerful punch is cacao, which is packed with healthy chemicals. Enter honey, flour and coconut and your taste buds are in heaven!
In the Blue Osa kitchen, we’re always looking for healthy, allergen-free recipes that taste good. These almond and coconut flour cookies passed the test!
To understand more of what it means to eat gluten-free, check out this link highlighting the benefits to the choice .
Study after study proves that dark chocolate—sweet, rich, and delicious—actually comprises a healthy snack and a valuable ingredient. Packed with healthy chemicals like flavonoids and theobromine, this little bean can cure many ailments, ranging from headaches to low blood pressure. We have chose to use dark chocolate chunks here in our recipe of course!
Did You Know?
The chocolate chip is the state cookie of Massachusetts (home of the famous Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie). The only other state to date that recognizes an official state cookie is New Mexico (their state cookie is bizcochito, an anise-flavored shortbread).
The chocolate chip cookie was invented by Ruth Graves Wakefield who owned the Toll House Inn, in Whitman, Massachusetts, a very popular restaurant that featured home cooking in the 1930s. Her cookbook, Toll House Tried and True Recipes, was first published in 1936. Her “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie” rapidly became a favorite cookie in American homes.
A Little About Coconut’s Health Benefits
- Coconut milk is lactose free and works as a substitute for the lactose intolerant.
- Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fiber.
- Coconuts are rich in vitamins such as C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6.
- Coconuts are rich in minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
- In Sanskrit, the coconut palm is known as kalpa vriksha – “Tree which gives life”.
Check out this helpful link on a variety of ways you can make coconut products.
A Little Bit About Almonds
- Almonds are available year round, but they are the freshest in mid-summer, which is when they are at the height of their season.
- The almond that we think of as a nut is technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree, a medium-size tree that bears fragrant pink and white flowers. Like its cousins, the peach, cherry and apricot trees, the almond tree bears fruits with stone-like seeds (or pits) within. The seed of the almond fruit is what we refer to as the almond nut.
- Almonds are a source of vitamin E, copper, magnesium, and high quality protein.
- Almonds contain high levels of healthy unsaturated fatty acids in addition to a lot of bioactive molecules (such as fiber, phytosterols, vitamins, other minerals, and antioxidants) which can help prevent cardiovascular heart diseases.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
From The Kitchen of Blue Osa
Gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup agave syrup (raw honey)
- 1 tbs vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- pinch of sea salt
- 2/3 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Pulverize desiccated coconut in a Vitamix or food processor
- Mix eggs, vanilla, agave and coconut oil and mix wel
- Add almond flour, pulverized coconut and salt
- Mix in the chocolate chips
- Place spoonfuls of cookie dough on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Flatten them out a bit as they won’t spread much
- Bake 10-15 minutes, until the bottom edges are golden brown
- Let cool on a cooling rack–the cookies will be soft until they cool
Try these healthy treats for Christmas or visit us soon to taste them yourself!
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