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Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookies (vegan)

Posted Mar 25 2011 8:18am
I started eating chocolate again in the last few weeks. Slowly trying to eat it again to see if it would affect my nursing babe. There was no issues with him and so for that I had to celebrate. I thought what a better way to celebrate chocolate but by making chocolate chunk cookies. The rich deep extra dark chocolate oozing from a yummy almond cookie. I made these cookies on a whim with all ingredients I had laying around my kitchen. Well, I guess they are staples really... almonds, almond butter, agave, coconut milk and homemade applesauce. Its pretty simple and a perfect cookie to be matched with a deep rich extra dark cocoa. Hm, I have been dreaming of this day for almost 6 months :)
I do love having a treat. Call me a indulgent sweets lover, but I don't think of myself as that. I mean, when you are making treats with all wholesome ingredients and you have self-control to only have one or two in a sitting, then you can really practice "having a treat". It seems if you can have a healthy relationship with food and with treats then you will be a happier person as well. If you find yourself eating a whole batch of cookies whether it is healthy or not, that may indicate you have an issue with having a treat. You can be extreme with having too much or too little. A balance is always the key. Yes, there is joy in good food, and I am the first to attest to this. But there can also be guilt, pain, control and more strong emotions that can be tied to food. Be aware of how you view your relationship with food. And also practice and celebrate balance. You will truly enjoy the simple joys of life so much deeper. Much like bittersweet chocolate...
Almond Chocolate Chunk Cookie Recipe
1 1/2 cup of almond meal, or almond flour (I ground raw whole almonds in a magic bullet)
1 cup of favorite GF flour blend, I used 1/2 cup millet flour, 1/2 cup of brown rice flour
1/2 cup of coconut palm sugar, or sucanat1 ts. of baking powder1 ts. of baking soda1/2 ts. of sea salt1/2 cup of almond butter, raw or roasted both work1/4 cup of unsweetened apple sauce1/4 cup of agave nectar2 TB of coconut milk beverage , or other non-dairy milk3 TB of melted coconut oil, or other baking oil
1/2- 1 cup of 76% or higher chocolate bar chunks
Mix all of the dry ingredients first, then add the wet. Mix well. The batter will be very sticky at first, but then if you wait a few minutes it will start to soak in the moisture. Break up your favorite dark chocolate bar, and use about 2 0z- 3.5 oz. Or 1/2- 1 cup of chocolate. Make the chunks as big or as small as you want. Mix the chocolate evenly into the batter and then you are ready to spoon on the cookie sheet. The batter will be sticky, but that is ok because it will make good chewy cookies. Use a TB or so to scoop out little balls to bake. This recipe will make about 2 dozen cookies. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes depending on how soft/crispy you like your cookies. Let cool for at least 5 minutes before removing from sheet and then ENJOY!
Notes about the recipe:*If you can/want to use an egg instead, you can omit the applesauce and put in an egg. I chose to omit the egg, but if you want an egg, then these cookies will work as well.
*You can of course use chocolate chips in the recipe if you have those instead of a chocolate bar.Well, friends, that is my newest chocolate cookie recipe. It is a winner, and especially an added treat after a long time of no chocolate. Yes, it is the lenten season, and you may have now given up chocolate... and if that is the case, stick this recipe in your back pocket and find it again when it is your time to celebrate eating chocolate again. I hope you enjoy and have a beautiful day of balance and peace.
Much love to you!
Stephanie
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