Healthy Choc Chip Cookies
Similar to my chocolate brownies, these things defy logic regarding how unbelievably good they taste (better than any choc chip cookies I’ve ever had before) yet so healthy.
HEALTHY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
- 150gm/1 cup cashews
- 150gm/1 cup almond meal
- 30gm/1/4 cup cacao nibs
- 8 dates
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and mix into a cookie dough like consistency
- Roll 1tbsp into a ball in your hand then flatten it out a little and place on a greaseproof lined tray
- Freeze for 20 minutes and refrigerated
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT?
Cashews : Lower in fat than most nuts, cashews are rich in protein, healthy fats, fibre, antioxidants and minerals
Cacoa Nibs: a true superfood with a high density of essential nutrients, packed with antioxidants, calcium, magnesium iron and also vitamins E, B1 B2, B3, B5 and B9.
Dates: high in fibre, iron, magnesium, potassium plus vitamin A and K. Also to a slightly lesser degree copper, B6, and manganese.
Coconut oil: ‘ healthy‘ fats – yes, saturated fats, but more importantly, medium chain triglycerides which are metabolised differently to normal saturated fat. It also contains the fatty acid Lauric acid.
SO WHY IS IT GOOD FOR YOU?
Cashews: Lower cholesterol levels and improve heart health. The minerals help your body with the production od hemoglobin, collagen elastin and the protection of nerve fibres
Raw cacao: depression! One of the reasons chocolate is so well loved is the theobromine within the raw cacao which is a natural stimulant that can help depression. Cacao is also a great free radical fighter. Us girls know why we reach for chocolate every month, as cacao can help reduce PMS symptoms. A list of other benefits include aid to digestion, lowers bad cholesterol, helps heart and brain function and can reduce inflammatory conditions
Dates: lowers bad cholesterol and good for colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer. Also anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and antihemorrhagic. Free radical fighting, energy giving little bullets!
Coconut Oil: oil and fat have had such a bad rap in the past 2 decades but more research has found that fat is not only not bad for you but certain fat are very good for you. The fat from coconut oil being one of them! It is a quick source of energy, can actually help you burn more fat and keeps hunger at bay. It also can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders and Alzheimer’s. It also can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi and it can reduce seizures.