Satisfy your sweet tooth with these HEALTHY (but delicious) cookies!
I don't have a huge sweet-tooth. I'm more likely to crave salty/savory foods, but I recently met with a client whose weakness is anything sweet. I used that as an excuse to experiment with my baking skills and find healthy alternatives to the food she craves, and fell in LOVE with these cookies. The ingredients seem a bit strange, or at least one of the main ingredients does... it's avocado. Don't write it off yet though - trust me, the avocado makes the cookies extra creamy and almost gooey. You may see a tiny hint of green in the brown chocolatey batter, but judging by the taste, you would never guess you were eating anything even remotely healthy!
Avocados are AMAZING for your health. I won't go into too many details, but they are filled with fiber, potassium, heart-healthy fats, and more. Also included in the ingredients is cocoa. Without all the refined sugars usually mixed in with it to make a chocolate bar, cocoa is a superfood as well, filling your body with beneficial antioxidants.
While this recipe does have added sugar, it uses coconut sugar. The glycemic index in coconut sugar is much lower than that of the granulated cane sugar usually found in baked goods, meaning your blood sugar won't spike as much. When your blood sugar spikes, insulin is released and promotes the storage of that extra energy into fat. So, long story short, coconut sugar is much healthier than cane sugar. Of course, as with any food, too many of these cookies will still make you gain weight, unfortunately. If you don't have other people around to share these with, and you don't have the most self-control when it comes to food (like me), I suggest you cut the recipe in half so you don't end up eating the entire batch ;)
- 3/4 cup RIPE avocado, mashed up. (about 1.5 avocados)
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder (no sugar added - check the ingredients)
- 3 tbsp dark chocolate chips - optional but recommended!
- Preheat the oven to 350 deg. F.
- Mash up enough avocado to fill 3/4 cup. For me, this ended up being one full avocado and then a half of another. I found it easiest to cut the avocado in half, remove the pit, and squeeze the skins together to remove the flesh while beginning the process of mashing it up. In a bowl, using a fork, continue to mash up the avocado - the less clumpy, the better.
- Mix in the coconut sugar
- Add the egg and continue to mix
- Stir in the chocolate chips
- On a baking sheet with parchment paper (or lightly greased with coconut oil), place dollops of the batter about 2 spoonfuls each. Flatten them out with a spoon. The cookies won't spread much, so you don't need much room in between the dollops.
- Bake for 12-15 min. The cookies will still be soft and fudgy! Wait to remove them from the baking sheet until they are cooled, otherwise they will break apart.
Note: They ended up having more of a brownie- like consistency than the typical cookie texture, and were very chocolatey and rich. Also, I found that the more you mash up the avocado, the less you taste it. It's also important the avocado is nice and ripe!
My Saturday morning barre classes got to try them after their workout, and I didn't even feel guilty handing them out... After-all, I'm supposed to be promoting health, not creating temptations to potentially un-do all of your hard work, of course :)
Anyways, enjoy & let me know what you think! If you have any other healthy & delicious recipes that you love, please share.