Even as a kid I used to love combining ingredients and testing them. And to think it all started with an Easy-Bake oven one Christmas given to me by my great aunt. If you were a young girl in the 80′s (actually the Easy-Bake has been around since the 60′s), then you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. One word on cooking with a light bulb: AWESOME. I was already an enthusiastic baker at five (no you cannot make these cookies with an Easy-Bake).
Ma McCarthy, of course, tried out everything I baked and loved it all. But it was often my brother who kept me honest. Back then, my creations were a bit hit and miss, but fast forward to today and I’m proud to say that my baking is not only healthy (thanks to being a nutritionist), but delicious! That said, my brother is still known to turn up his nose if my cookies are what he calls “too healthy”. Little does he know I consider that a compliment!
Not only is this cookie chewy and delicious, but the ingredients make it superpower worthy, such as:
- Excellent source of nutrients: Vitamin C, E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, antioxidant flavanoids
- Good fat to make it satisfying and fulfilling (fat promotes the secretion of the hormone leptin which signals the “stop eating” mechanism in your brain).
- A protein component to make it snack-worthy and blood-sugar balancing.
- Easy on the sugar, to prevent you from crashing.
- Easy to make, bake and eat – who doesn’t love that?
- 1-3/4 cups almond flour (don’t pack the flour down, it’s very dense and you will use too much if you pack it)
- 1 cup rolled oats (use certified “GF” oats if necessary, soak for 5 hours if you have trouble digesting oats)
- 1/2 cup of coconut flakes. Look for unsulfured to avoid “sulfites” which can promote allergies.
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/2 cup sucanat sugar (lower in glycemic index and less processed than regular sugar)
- 3 organic eggs (Vegan option: 1 egg = 2 tbsp finely ground flax seeds, 3 tbsp water)
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
Some gluten-free diets do NOT allow oats and if you are celiac, I strongly advise you to avoid. So please use your own discretion with this recipe. You can buy Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oats, but they are sometimes tough to find (at least that’s what people tell me).