Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Healthy Double Chocolate Valentines day cookies


I was asked by the owner of my yoga studio, to make a healthy cookie recipe for her to share with all the people doing a 40 days to better living course. Because even healthy eaters need a special treat on Valentines day. 
So I am also sharing the recipe with my readers. These are my favorite. If I have these around, even in my deepest darkest chocolate craving hour, these hit the spot. Best part... no guilt! 
These cookies are grain-free, gluten-free, raw, vegan, vegetarian and oh so good. 

Healthy Double Chocolate Cookies
Recipe by: Christi Silbaugh
Makes 8 large cookies

1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup whole almonds
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 3/4 cups medjool dates, pitted 
8 ounces dark chocolate chips, for drizzle (enjoy life foods chips are dairy, soy, and gluten-free).

Directions:
Add your walnuts and almonds to a food processor, and pulse until the nuts resemble bread crumbs. 
Next add your cocoa powder and pulse a few times until well blended. 

Next add your pitted dates. Process until the dates have been broken down and you are left with a gooey batter. 
Press your batter into a round mold or biscuit cutter. I used a 3" mold and the recipe made 8 cookies. 

Place them on parchment paper and put in the fridge for 10 minutes to set, while you make your chocolate drizzle. 

Melt your chocolate chips in a double broiler or microwave (at 50% power for 3 minutes). Stir until smooth. Scrape into a garnish bottle or cleaned out old mustard or ketchup bottle. You can also spoon over your cookies. 
Place in the freezer to set. Once set put in an airtight container in the fridge until you serve. 

I pack these in my husbands lunch and they are soft and gooey again for him by lunchtime. 
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