Chocolate Chia Cookies
These cookies make the perfect afternoon snack. They totally satisfy every sweet chocolate cravings, yet they leave you feeling amazingly energised as they’re bursting with goodness. So you’ll never have to feel bad about eating cookies again! They have an amazing texture too with that perfect cookie crunch echoing in every bite. The chia seeds help to create this awesome crunch as they absorb up to ten times their weight in liquid once so they act as a glue sticking all the other ingredients together. They’re also amazingly good for you! They’re one of the best sources of omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential for keeping you heart healthy, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and reducing your risk of cardiovascular and heart disease. As well as being full of fibre, which aids the digestion process, protein, calcium, iron and zinc! The almonds, hazelnuts and quinoa also add lots of goodness with their huge amounts of awesome plant protein, while the dates add more protein and iron and the cacao adds tons of antioxidants. So these really are superfood cookies! They’re just so healthy yet also so delicious, so crunchy, so chocolatey and just so great. You will love them, trust me. Even better they’re made and baked in just 20 minutes!
Makes 10 cookies
– 1 cup of almonds (200g)
– 1 cup of hazelnuts (190g)
– 1 cup of quinoa or buckwheat flour (200g)
– 1/3 of a cup of pure maple syrup (100ml)
– 5 medjool dates, pitted
– 1/4 of a cup of water (75ml)
– 3 heaped tablespoons of raw cacao powder
– 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
– 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
Simply place the nuts into a food processor and blend for a minute or two until a flour forms, then add all of the remaining ingredients and blend again until a sticky cookie dough forms.
Scoop about a tablespoon into your hands, roll it into a ball and then flatten it using a spatula onto the baking tray so that they are nice and thin. Keep doing this until all the cookies are on the tray.
Bake for about twenty minutes at 180C, until the cookies are firm and starting to slightly brown. Then leave them to cool for a few minutes before enjoying!