Holy moly these chocolate coconut cookies are a thing of beauty… But before you say “I’ve already had too much dessert this holiday season”, please keep reading!
Getting back into a routine after the holidays can be challenging. We spend a few weeks surrounded by decadent desserts, huge meals, turkey dinners and constant snacking. It’s enough to confuse your body completely!
While I’m an advocate of listening to what your body needs, I also believe that we need to enjoy the holidays for our own sanity! Worrying about eating too much sugar can be more stressful than just enjoying the darn pie. Over the holidays I embrace the food culture and allow myself to indulge.
Once the holidays are over, however, I can tell my body is ready for a reset. No, I’m not saying a detox, and I’m not saying that I need to “work off the sugar”, but just a simple, healthy reset. Going back to the way I used to eat before the family dinners and constant snacking.
But it can be hard to part with all the junk food. Some people find that going cold turkey works for them, others need to wean off of it slowly. I’m part of the latter – this way, I find that I experience fewer cravings and it’s less of a shock on my body. While reducing the amount of junk food and sugar I’m consuming, I also increase the number of vegetables on my plate and ensure that I have lots of healthy fats and protein at each meal to manage my blood sugar levels.
But if you’re like me and need to wean off of the junk food slowly, this is a great recipe to do that. These chocolate coconut cookies are mostly refined sugar-free (sweetened with coconut sugar) and have a good dose of healthy fats along with some protein. Loaded with shredded coconut and almond butter, you’ll only need one cookie to satisfy your craving.
Plus, who doesn’t love chocolate and coconut?
- 1 cup gluten-free oat flour (or ground oats)
- 3/4 cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup almond butter
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (vegan if necessary)
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 1 tbsp ground chia seed + 3 tbsp water
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Set oven to 350C.
- In a small bowl, mix chia seeds with water and let sit for 1 minute. Add
- remaining wet ingredients.
- Combine and mix dry ingredients in a larger bowl.
- Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix.
- Spoon onto baking sheet, and bake for 10 minutes