Welcome to my new website and blog!
With my Healthy Girl blog I’m committed to bringing you great tasting, nutrient packed recipes utilizing whole, organic and unprocessed ingredients. You will not find chemicals, additives or refined sweeteners here. I’m a passionate and creative cook…always coming up with my own new recipes and tweaking old ones. I’d like to share some of them with you.
I’m starting things off with chocolate chip cookies! Tried and true and bursting with craving satiating goodness.
Crazy idea but these cookies are so darn healthy that I offer them for breakfast. Who could argue with organic oatmeal, almonds, pure unrefined coconut oil, dark chocolate and banana? Supremely kid-friendly and adult addictive.
All organic ingredients:
3 large, ripe bananas, well mashed (about 1 ½ cups)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil -in liquid form (you may need to soak the container in a bowl of warm water to raise the temperature and turn it to liquid)
2 cups rolled oats (not instant oats, gluten free if necessary)
2/3 cup almond meal (finely ground almonds in the flour section of Whole Foods)
1/3 cup coconut, finely shredded & unsweetened, no sugar – read label!
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt or kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips (organic and grain sweetened – see note below)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl combine the bananas, vanilla extract, and coconut oil. Set aside. In another bowl whisk together the oats, almond meal, shredded coconut, cinnamon, salt and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in the chocolate chunks or chips. Drop spoonfuls of the dough, each about 1 tablespoon in size and one inch apart (optional: line the pan with parchment paper or Silpat lined baking sheet for easy clean-up). You will need to mash each cookie slightly with the back of a fork because they will not flatten and spread when baking. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes. Careful not to burn.
Makes 3 dozen cookies.
I like to use a dark chocolate bar like Endangered Species 72% (dairy and gluten free) dark chocolate chopped into chunks instead of the chocolate chips. You can also vary the recipe by adding dried fruit and nuts instead of chocolate. Walnuts and dried cranberries (no sugar) are a great combo. Add 1/2 cup of each.