Cookies are probably my favourite baked treat. I’m sure it has something to do with working at Millies Cookies for several years while I was in Sixth form and at Uni, I ate a lot of cookies in that time! However these cookies could not be more different to the Millies variety.
A couple of weekends ago I just really fancied a nice chewy cookie. I also thought that some little cookies would make a great newborn-middle-of the-night-feeding-snack. I wanted something filling and sustaining with as much nutrition as possible.
Unlike a Millies cookie, these are totally jam packed with health promoting ingredients. They also taste great! The ground almonds and coconut give them a wonderful texture, almost macaroon like.
The chopped almonds and cacao nibs give them a fabulous crunch and the chia seeds pack in extra nutrition. If you don’t like the idea of cacao nibs, then dark chocolate chips can easily be used in their place.
- 1 cup ground almonds
- 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup porridge oats
- 2 tbsp cacao nibs
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/4 cup chopped almonds
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar or xylitol (I used xylitol)
- Pinch salt
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Combine all the dry ingredients together in a bowl
- Melt the coconut oil and whisk into the egg until it has become pale yellow and almost doubled in volume
- Mix the wet into the dry and combine into a dough
- Wrap the dough in cling film and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes (I just popped mine in the freezer for 15 because I'm impatient like that ;-)
- Pre heat the oven to 190 / 375F
- Line two baking trays with grease proof paper
- Form the cookie dough into balls roughly 1.5 inches in diameter. Press down on to the cookie sheet to flatten.
- Bake for 5-10 minutes until lightly golden. Leave to cool on the tray.
- These will keep well for a few days in an airtight container or will also freeze well (as will the dough)
These did not last long at all! Do you have a favourite cookie or biscuit healthy or otherwise? What would be your perfect middle of the night snack?