Guilt-less Desserts & Treats for your Family
I feel like my head is about to explode with over dramatisation!
It must be getting close to the end of the TV season as both my favourite shows have just dropped bombs that I didn’t see coming. Despite my screams at the TV and excessive hand gestures, no one listened to me as I tried to warn the hero of his impending murder and the princess of her foolish mistake. They just went on their way getting killed and falling into booby traps.
Do the script writers know what they’re doing with my emotions and sanity? I mean, for the next week now I’ll be stressing over whether Regina returns to her evil ways and if David is really still alive. Maybe this is why books are better than TV. You don’t have to wait a week to find out what happens in the next chapter, you just turn the page.
I think I should just stick to watching simpler shows where I don’t become over invested and somewhat obsessed (so who really is A?!). Surely Big Bird would never double cross Ernie, who was actually in cahoots in Abby after being secretly blackmailed by Bert; ‘Days of our Sesame Street’ ? You can always rely on Sesame Street for some clean fun and hilarious celebrity cameos.
These Chocolate Chocolate Cookies are just as the Cookie Monster intended; crispy on the outside with soft, chocolatey goodness on the inside.
They are also a little bit weird (how unusual for one of my recipes!). Avocado replaces the butter and the maple syrup and honey give the cookies sweetness. The combination of the 2 sweeteners cannot be changed; it helps to give the cookies a crispness and the perfect flavour balance.
This is (yet another) recipe adapted from Christina Tosi of Mumofokos Milk Bar. Her attention to detail and technique is what makes her recipes so successful.
So when the recipe says beat it for 7 minutes, beat it for 7 minutes! I know, it’s boring and takes so long. Set your timer and walk away. Check your email, update your Facebook status to “waiting for #cookies”, paint your house; just don’t stop the cookie magic in action.
These Chocolate Chocolate Cookies are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free and Paleo friendly. I have only used 1/2 an egg in this recipe. This is a matter of waist line control! This recipes bakes 9 cookies, which will last about 9 minutes. If you want to use a whole egg make 18 cookies, otherwise use your left over egg in an omelette.
Chocolate Chocolate Cookies2014-05-23 23:31:58Serves 9Chocolate Cookies in a healthier version! Avocado replaces butter to make this Cookie not only tasty but slightly weird!Prep Time1 hr 15 minCook Time18 minTotal Time1 hr 35 minPrep Time1 hr 15 minCook Time18 minTotal Time1 hr 35 minChocolate Chocolate Cookies
- 112 grams Avocado (approximately 1/2 cup or 1 small-medium avocado but measure to be sure)
- 1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon Maple Syrup
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- 1/2 Egg (I know this sounds weird but I couldn't eat 18 cookies myself. If you can double the recipe)
- 1/2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tablespoon Cocoa
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, melted
- 2/3 Cup Almond Meal
- 1/3 Cup Arrowroot
- 1/2 Cup Cocoa
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
- Dash Bicarbonate
- 3/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1/4 Cup Chocolate Crumbs (see recipe below)Chocolate Crumbs
- 1/4 Cup Almond Meal
- 1 Tablespoon + 1/2 teaspoon Arrowroot
- 1/3 Cup Cocoa
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, melted
- 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla ExtractChocolate Chocolate Cookies
- If not already done so make the Chocolate Crumbs.
- Place the avocado, maple syrup and honey in a blender and blend for 3 minutes.
- The mixture will be silky smooth and an odd green colour.
- Transfer the green mixture to the bowl of a kitchen stand mixer with a paddle attachment.
- Add the egg, vanilla, 1 tablespoon cocoa, coconut oil and beat for 30 seconds.
- Scrape down the edges of the bowl and then beat on medium/high for 7 minutes.
- Add the dry ingredients (except for the chocolate crumbs) and mix on low until just combined.
- Stir in the Chocolate crumbs by hand (not literally with your hand; but not by the mixer).
- Line 2 baking trays with baking paper and grease.
- Using an ice cream scooper, or a 1/4-1/3 cup measure, make 9 mounds of cookie dough over the 2 sheets. Do not place the cookies too close to each other.
- Using your fingers or the back of a spoon, shape each mound into a circle by flattening the top.
- Cover each tray with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour (can be left for up to 2 days).
- Preheat the oven to 190C/375F
- Place 1 tray of cookies in the oven and bake for 18 minutes.
- Remove and allow the cookies to cool completely on the tray.
- Bake the other tray of cookies next. (Don't bake the 2 trays at the same time as the bottom tray will not get crispy on top)
- The cookies are best eaten fresh but can be stored in an airtight container for up to 4 days...good luck not eating them all at once! They are crispy on top and soft on gooey on the inside...just as Cookie Monster intended!Chocolate Crumbs
- Preheat the oven to 150C/300F.
- Line and grease a baking tray.
- Combine the almond meal, arrowroot, cocoa, maple syrup and salt in a bowl of a kitchen stand mixer and mix on low until mixed together (alternatively do this by hand and use your strong biceps).
- Add the coconut oil and mix until combined.
- The mixture will form small clumps, similar to a crumble mixture, rather than a normal doughy mixture.
- Spread the mixture over the baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until crispy (but not burnt!).
- Allow the crumbs to cool on the tray. Break up the crumbs into small pieces if they have stuck together. Wait to cool completely before using.
- Store in an air tight container if not using straight away.Adapted from Mumofoko Milk BarAdapted from Mumofoko Milk BarMummy Made.It - Gluten Free, Paleo Desserts http://mummymade.it/