Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Healthy Dark Chocolate Avocado Cookies with Sea Salt



SINCE THE HEALTHY PB & J COOKIES WERE SUCH A HIT, I DECIDED TO POST MY NEW FAVORITE HEALTHY TREAT, DARK CHOCOLATE AVOCADO COOKIES WITH SEA SALT! SOUNDS WEIRD, I KNOW, BUT THEY ARE OH SO GOOD! 

ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME KNOWS THAT I AM OBSESSED WITH DARK CHOCOLATE. I HAVE A NEED AND IT'S REAL. =) SO AS I AM GOING THROUGH THIS HEALTHY EATING JOURNEY THIS YEAR TO FINALLY REACH MY ULTIMATE WEIGHTLOSS GOAL; I REALIZED I NEEDED TO FIND A HEALTHY WAY TO EAT DARK CHOCOLATE. I FOUND THE ORIGINAL RECIPE FOR THESE COOKIES ON THE SMOOTHIE LOVER BLOG AND TWEAKED IT A LITTLE BIT TO FIT MY PANTRY AND BUDGET.

THERE IS NO FLOUR, NO SUGAR, AND NO BUTTER! THE AVOCADO WORKS AS THE BUTTER AND TASTES SO GREAT! THEY ARE ALSO 70 CALORIES PER COOKIE WHICH ARE NOT EMPTY CALORIES. THESE ARE HEALTHY AND HEARTY CALORIES! =) THEY AREN'T LIKE YOUR TYPICAL COOKIES THOUGH. THEY HAVE A MORE BROWNIE LIKE TEXTURE AND ARE VERY LIGHT AND AIRY AND OH SO FUDGY! THEY HIT THE SPOT JUST RIGHT! TRUST ME =)










HEALTHY DARK CHOCOLATE AVOCADO COOKIES WITH SEA SALT

PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES

YIELD: 12 COOKIES
1 COOKIE = 70 CALORIES

NOTES:

IN MY OPINION THESE COOKIES TASTE BEST ONCE COMPLETELY COOLED AND CHILLED. THEY ALSO TASTE GOOD WHEN FROZEN! 

THE ORIGINAL RECIPE CALLS FOR 1/2 CUP COCONUT SUGAR INSTEAD OF THE BANANA BUT I DID NOT HAVE COCONUT SUGAR (IT IS PRETTY EXPENSIVE). THE RECIPE SAYS THAT YOU CAN SUB THE SUGAR WITH 1 BANANA AND THAT THE 1 BANANA IS ENOUGH SUGAR FOR ALL THE COOKIES BUT I FELT LIKE IT NEEDED MORE SWEETNESS DUE TO THE BITTER CHOCOLATE. SO I ADDED IN ORGANIC HONEY FROM NONE OTHER THAN THE AMAZING SWEET MEADOWS COUNTRY HOME AND GARDEN! TRY ANY OR ALL VARIATIONS USING WHATEVER SWEETENER YOU PREFER! 

THE ORIGINAL RECIPE ALSO DOES NOT CALL FOR SEA SALT BUT I AM A SUCKER FOR SEA SALT WITH CHOCOLATE SO I TRIED IT AND THOUGHT IT WAS DELICIOUS. FEEL FREE TO LEAVE IT OUT!

I ALSO REALIZE THAT TECHNICALLY THESE COOKIES AREN'T COMPLETELY FREE OF REFINED SUGAR DUE TO THE DARK CHOCOLATE CHUNKS. BUT HEY, DARK CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU AND YOU DO NOT NEED TO USE VERY MUCH! AT THE LOCAL GROCERY STORE I FOUND A MINI GREEN AND BLACKS ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE BAR THAT WAS THE PERFECT SIZE- ONLY 1.2 OZ! THE COCOA POWDER I USED WAS UNFORTUNATELY NOT ORGANIC BECAUSE GOSH DARN IT, I COULDN'T FIND ANY ORGANIC DARK COCOA POWDER ANYWHERE, NOT EVEN AT THE LOCAL HEALTH FOOD STORE! I JUST ORDERED SOME FROM AMAZON (HOW DID I LIVE BEFORE AMAZON PRIME!?) AND I'M WAITING TO MAKE MORE OF THESE DELICIOUS COOKIES USING THE ORGANIC COCOA POWDER (JUST FOR MY SISTER WHO ONLY EATS ORGANIC, HAHA). THE HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK WORKS JUST AS WELL IN A PINCH! 


INGREDIENTS

1 AVOCADO (VERY RIPE BUT NOT BROWN)
1 BANANA
2 TBLSP HONEY
1 EGG
1/2 CUP DARK COCOA POWDER
1.2 OZ ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE (YOU CAN ADD EVEN MORE THAN THIS BUT I AM TRYING TO LIMIT MY SUGAR INTAKE) SEE NOTES BELOW.
1/2 TSP BAKING SODA
1 TSP COARSE SEA SALT (OPTIONAL)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 350°

2. GET OUT YOUR TRUSTY FOOD PROCESSOR (I LOVE MY NINJA!) IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A FOOD PROCESSOR, YOU CAN ALSO USE A HAND MIXER. ADD THE AVOCADO AND BANANA AND PULSE TILL SMOOTH. ADD IN THE EGG AND REPEAT.
3. ADD THE COCOA POWDER AND THE BAKING SODA AND 1/2 TSP SALT. RESERVE THE OTHER 1/2 TSP SALT FOR LATER.
4. BREAK UP YOUR CHOCOLATE BAR INTO CHUNKS OR JUST USE CHOCOLATE CHIPS AND STIR THEM IN.
5. PLACE  DOLLOPS OF COOKIE BATTER (ABOUT 2 TBLSP WORTH) ONTO A COOKIE SHEET THAT IS LINED WITH PARCHMENT PAPER. YOU WILL NEED TO FLATTEN THE COOKIE A LITTLE MORE INSTEAD OF ROLLING INTO BALLS BECAUSE THESE COOKIES DO NOT REALLY SPREAD DURING BAKING.
6. BAKE FOR 8-10 MINUTES OR UNTIL THE SIDES OF THE COOKIES DO NOT STICK TO THE PARCHMENT AS MUCH AS THEY DID BEFORE BAKING.
7. COOL DOWN. COOL WAY DOWN! IT WILL BE VERY HARD TO GET THESE OFF THE PARCHMENT PAPER UNTIL THEY ARE COOLED OFF. WHILE THEY ARE COOLING SNEAK ONE INTO YOUR MOUTH BECAUSE THEY TASTE SUPER YUMMY RIGHT OUT OF THE OVEN TOO! (JUST A LOT MESSIER)
8. SPRINKLE THE REMAINING SEA SALT A LITTLE BIT ON TOP OF EACH COOKIE.
9. STORE IN AIRTIGHT CONTAINER IN THE FRIDGE. ENJOY!

I AM THINKING OF TRYING THESE WITH CRUSHED UP ALMONDS INSIDE OF THEM SOMETIME TOO! AGAIN, MORE CALORIES BUT THE GOOD KIND OF CALORIES! =) I HOPE YOU ENJOY THESE SUPER EASY AND HEALTHY DELICIOUS GOODNESS!

12 comments:

  1. Kim, I cannot wait to try these! They look so great!!

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  2. Hi kimberly. Are these cookies chewy? Or more on the crunchy side.

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  3. Hi kimberly. Are these cookies chewy? Or more on the crunchy side.

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  4. These are fantastic! Rich and delicious. These cookies are light and brownie- like. I'm serving these alongside sliced strawberries for Mother's Day!

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  5. These are fantastic! Rich and delicious. These cookies are light and brownie- like. I'm serving these alongside sliced strawberries for Mother's Day!

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    1. That's a wonderful idea! So happy you like them =)

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  6. Have these in the oven right now! Can't wait to try them! Just a heads up, it doesn't say when to put in the honey in the recipe.

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  7. Hello! Thank you for the recipe. They are delicious. Mine came out very gooey. Any suggestions?

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  8. Hi, Kimberly! Are the cookies supposed to look chewy and soft after baking for 10 minutes? They don't seem baked after the time you mention on the recipe. thx

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    1. They are definitely still suppose to be pretty chewy but maybe the settings on your oven are a lot different than mine so I guess try keeping them in a little bit longer- maybe for like 12 min? I definitely would store these in the fridge once they are done too though so they firm up a bit more.

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