Cacao Coconut Protein Cookies

For a looong time, I have been making up and testing out recipes for healthier versions of baked goodies like cookies, brownies, blondies, you name it. I also love scrolling through Instagram to check out other accounts for recipe inspiration! This isn’t because I’m opposed to anyone having any of the usual versions of those treats – I ain’t no food police thank you! Everything you like in moderation and all that jazz.

But I’m fond of a snack or two (or three…) in my busy day, and I like to have relatively clean, balanced recipes I can quickly whip up a batch of during the week or at the weekend. Besides that, and more importantly, since I’ve started lifting weights I’ve found that I need these snacks during the day to maintain my weight and keep my metabolism ticking over.

I guess you could say, being totally honest, that I don’t see the point in nutritionally empty foods. That’s easy for me to say because (like I said in my introduction post) I stopped craving things like crisps and sweets a few years ago. As a result, these foods just aren’t something I have to try to restrict myself from having – I just don’t see them when I walk into a shop or cafe. People often don’t believe me when I try to explain that, but I swear its true (I’m a woeful liar by the way). Either way, I’ve stopped justifying it, because it’s part of what makes me me, and I don’t judge anyone for what treats they enjoy, it makes our relationships with food unique!

By eating wholesome balanced snacks, I’m nourishing my body while keeping that hunger monster at bay at work until I can get to have my proper meal! Typical times I need these snacks include that mid-morning slump (you know what I’m talking about!), or if I’m unexpectedly stuck in work late in the evenings (or on-call) and my dinner is going to be later than I planned. And then of course, sometimes you just want a treat without breaking your good habits (bedtime snacking anyone?!).

ANYWAY. Let’s get to the good stuff. I’ll stop babbling on trying to convince you all that I prefer kale crisps to Tayto – just accept that my madness and we’ll get along just fine (and I’ll share the kale crisps recipe!)

Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour (I use Biona Organic Brand)
  • 1/2 cup protein powder (I used My Protein Chocolate Brownie Whey)
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 + 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk (of your choice)
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp ground almonds
  • Optional: Add other spices if you want to! As usual, I added cinnamon, ginger and turmeric (have you spotted a pattern yet?)
  • Optional: Dark Chocolate Chips, Chopped Nuts, Seeds (I added pumpkin seeds and linseeds)

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 170C or 340F.
  2. Mix together all of your ingredients except for the chocolate chips/seeds/nuts if adding.
  3. When the ingredients are well combined, add in your chocolate/seeds/nuts and mix again.
  4. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of the mixture onto a baking tray covered with grease-proof paper (you could also used tinfoil greased with coconut or olive oil so the cookies don’t stick).
  5. This recipe makes about 10 cookies depending on what size you’re looking for!
  6. Place tray into the oven for about 15-20 minutes – check them at 15 minutes, and if a toothpick comes out clean, take them out!
  7. Leave to cool for 15 minutes or so (if you can!).
  8. Tuck in! I love having these with greek yoghurt, or with a cup of coffee or tea.
  9. These can also be frozen after cooling and reheated at a later date. I usually do this when I bake batches of my snack recipes!

I hope you guys enjoy these cookies as much as I do! Let me know how they turn out for you. πŸ™‚

Ciara x

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