Thursday, October 25, 2012

Paleo "Monster" Cookies

With Halloween approaching, I thought it only fitting to make a sweet treat with a thematic name. These were frightfully addictive! (and don't worry, now I'm done with punning and cuteness).

I've shared my adoration of Kelly Brozyna and her Spunky Coconut blog and cookbooks in the past; the woman really knows how to create healthy treats that are free of just about everything that many need or want to avoid.

In this case, she came up with a paleo-compliant cookie that's egg-free, a somewhat rare feat (especially considering the cookies contain coconut flour).

The recipe is from her Spunky Coconut Grain-Free Baked Goods and Desserts cookbook, and is Kelly's take on "monster" cookies that are often studded with M&Ms and other goodies. The only tweak I needed to make was to substitute hemp hearts for quinoa flakes. I also think you could easily omit the vanilla stevia and perhaps add some vanilla extract instead.

I particularly like the texture of these cookies: they are thin without being fragile, and firm yet soft on the inside. While the ingredient list is long, these come together very quickly.


Paleo Monster Cookies

1/2 cup coconut milk
1/4 tsp. xantham gum
1 tbs. ground flax
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 tsp. vanilla liquid stevia
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup raw almond butter
1/2 cup unsweetened sunflower seed butter
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup hulled hemp hearts
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 cup Enjoy Life dairy-free chocolate chips
1/2 cup raw chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350. Combine coconut milk through honey and mix with an electric mixer.

Add in remaining ingredients, and mix again until combined.

Roll dough into balls and flatten out as thinly as you can onto a parchment or Silpat-lined baking sheet. They won't spread much in the oven.

Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown. 

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