It’s that time of year when we’re faced with holiday goodies every time we turn around. Most holiday treats lack nutrients and are amped up with scary amounts sugar. For example, according to MyFitnessPal, two homemade frosted sugar cookies contain about 108 grams of sugar (see nutrition facts below). Since chronic servings of high amounts of sugar wreak havoc on our systems, I set out to create a holiday cookie that would be less stressful to our bodies.
I set out to create a cookie that met four criteria:
Contains a moderate amount sugar.
Offers some form of nutritional value.
I came up with the following recipe. Two cookies have just 13 grams of sugar (which compared to 108 seems pretty great). They are also flourless, gluten-free, vegan (if you use vegan chocolate chips), and best of all, teenager-approved. I hope you like them as much as I do!
Sidenote: Both organic peanut butter and ground flaxseed are on sale this month (December 2016) at Tiller & Rye, so it's a great time to stock up on these ingredients when you're in the store!
Chocolate Peanut Butter Holiday Cookies
Makes 2 dozen
1 tbls. ground flaxseed
3 tbls. hot water
1 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup coconut sugar (you can use regular sugar too)
¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
½ tsp salt
Make and bake the cookies:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the ground flaxseed with the hot water and set it aside.
After a few minutes, the mixture will become gelatinous. It will serve as the “binder” in the recipe in place of a typical egg.
In a mixing bowl, combine all the cookie ingredients (including the flaxseed mixture).
The dough will be very thick.
Form the dough into small balls and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. (If you don’t use parchment paper, you may need to apply a light coating of cooking spray to prevent the cookies from sticking.)
Press the balls flat using the palm of your hand or the bottom of a glass.
Bake in the oven for approximately 12 minutes.
After the cookies are cool:
Melt the coconut oil and remaining chocolate chips in a small saucepan.
The coconut oil prevents the chocolate chips from seizing up and helps create a smooth, spreadable mixture.
Crush the peppermint candy into small crumbs.
I placed the candy cane in a small plastic bag and pounded it with a rubber mallet. You could also use a rolling pin.
Place a small amount of the melted chocolate on each cookie with a spoon. Using the back of the spoon, spread the mixture evenly over each cookie.
Sprinkle each cookie with a dusting of the crushed peppermint candy.
Voila - eat and enjoy!
This recipe was inspired by http://fitfoodiefinds.com/2014/12/paleo-hot-cocoa-cookies-vanilla-bean-frosting.
* Made vegan by using vegan chocolate chips.