These cookies are so very unambitious. I got lazy. I confess. I just didn’t feel like making this insanely awesome looking carrot cake recipe that I had been eyeing for a while, and combined with my insatiable desire for the peanut butter-dark chocolate combo, I decided that laziness plus appeasement of my ever potent chocolate cravings were what I desired most for my uber-lazy Sunday. Don’t get me wrong, that carrot cake will happen in due time, but this girl’s mind was like, “Lady in red (I was wearing this cute red dress that I had stored in the basement all winter and had just brought out from storage the day before), you go for that peanut butter and chocolate if that is what you really want, holla.” I will also mention that my mind chided me to wear an apron, as it did not want me to get my cute red dress stained only one day after removing it from storage. That would have been quite sad.
So I ventured to my kitchen and played around with peanut butter, chocolate chips and a bunch of other ingredients that don’t have any gluten, sugar, oil or animal products in them. At this point in my vegan baking self-education, I have discovered that not only are peanut butter and chocolate a match made in heaven, but when coconut hops along for the ride, we are dealt with an intimidating triple threat of pleasure for our taste buds that is difficult for other ingredient combinations to live up to. I hope your taste buds will agree with mine about this matter.
Despite the cookie-ness of this recipe, these treats are actually good for our bodies. You see, nuts are so very health-promoting and these cookies have a sizable amount of almonds and peanuts in them. What a fun way to eat nuts, I say! Peanut butter, even though it is not as nutrient-dense as some other nuts and seeds, is still rather salubrious. Okay, now it’s scientific study time! Woohoo!
People who eat nuts regularly tend to have lower cholesterol than those who don’t eat any nuts.[i] Clinical studies show beneficial effects on blood lipids as a result of diets high in nuts (including almonds and peanuts). As stated in my pops book, The End of Diabetes,
“A review of twenty-three intervention trials using nuts and seeds convincingly demonstrated that eating nuts daily decreases total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol.[ii] Not only do nuts and seeds lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, but they also raise HDL (good) cholesterol.”
Are you officially excited to eat health-promoting nuts in the form of delicious cookies?! I do hope so because this is the part of the blog post in which I share the recipe.
Ingredients (makes about 12 cookies):
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1 tablespoon ground chia seeds
1/2 cup white beans, canned
1/2 cup natural peanut butter
10 medjool dates, pitted
¼ cup water (to be mixed with chia and flaxseeds) + 3/4 cup distilled water
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup oat flour
½ cup almond flour
1 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup vegan dark chocolate chips
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add ground chia seeds and ground flaxseeds to a cup with ¼ cup water and stir with a small spoon. Let this mixture sit for 3-4 minutes until a “flaxseed-chia seed gel” forms. This gel is a perfect substitute for eggs!
2) Add the chia-flaxseed gel to a high-powered blender along with white beans, peanut butter, pitted dates, ¾ cup water, and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth and thoroughly combined. Resist eating ← I know this is a hard thing to do!
3) In a large bowl, mix flours with baking powder. Then add the blended mixture and mix everything together. Fold in chocolate chips.
4) Shape 1-inch balls of dough (smaller than golf balls) on a lightly-oiled or parchment-lined baking sheet. Press down on each ball with your clean palm in order to flatten into a cookie.
5) Bake for about 15 minutes until lightly golden. Once they are done, let them cool for 10-15 minutes before eating. They will be super hot when they come out of the oven! Enjoy!
Lastly, I’m going to leave you with this quote. “You know, I live a monastic lifestyle. No, I do. I do live in extremes, basically. I go back and forth. Once every six months, I’ll have a day where I eat more chocolate than has ever been consumed by a human being.” ~Jim Carrey
Oh how I love you, Jim Carrey. Okay now I’m left with a strong craving to watch a Jim Carrey movie. Does anyone reading this love The Mask as much as I do? Or Ace Vantura Pet Detective? Ahahaha just thinking about these movies makes me laugh.
Peace, love, and plenty of laughter <33
[i] Hu FB, Stampfer MJ. Nut consumption and risk of coronary heart disease: a review of epidemiologic evidence. Curr Atheroscler Rep 1999 Nov; 1(3): 204-209.
[ii] Mukuddem-Petersen J, Oosthuizen W, Jerling JC. A systematic review of the effects of nuts on blood lipid profiles in humans. J Nutr 2005; 135(9): 2082-9.