One of the questions that I get the most often as a food blogger is who eats all the food I make and I think this is the case for all food bloggers out there! First, you kind of adapt your blog posts to your life situation meaning you make different kind of recipes and quantities if you live alone with your cat, only with your partner, have two kids or a family of six! If you are alone or there are just two of you, than logically you don’t bake cakes every two days and you don’t make 36 cookies in one batch as that would mean that very soon you would be a contestant in one of those TV shows where extremely overweight people are doing their best efforts to lose that weight! So there are definitely bloggers who are living in a household of six or eight family members and they can do huge quantities of food and bake as many cakes as they like, there will be always somebody to eat them. But for most of us we simply adjust and adapt. Use smaller size baking pans, bake less cookies in one batch and post cakes and other decadent treats only occasionally. And when you do make them you also sometimes share them with your friends, colleagues or neighbours. Also definitely make those savoury recipes that after the shoot serve as your lunch or dinner and you would eat those anyway, right? And that’s how we do it without the risk of ending up on one of those shows. 😉
In my case also it helps that I basically don’t buy any cookies, pastries, doughnuts, cakes or similar desserts (I do however buy all the dark chocolate I can get!!!) so whenever I make my healthier versions of cookies, muffins, bars and other treats, those are the only one in the house and I can enjoy them and feel good eating them. Once you switch to using natural sweeteners such as coconut sugar, maple or agave syrup or honey, those store-bought treats are too sweet anyway for you to enjoy so that’s the best. You just make your own and enjoy something that is not only delicious but also not bad for you and your body!
These cookies are just like that, crunchy from the outside, chewy from the inside, not overly sweet and those dark chocolate chunks are all you need in your life! 😀 I was looking for a recipe to make with coconut flour as I had some at home and I wanted to use it. That is such a great gluten-free and healthy flour that is amazing for baking but it cannot be just used as a replacement for wheat flour in recipes because it behaves differently. It can be found in healthy food stores and is much more affordable than some gluten-free flours like almond flour for example. I found a great recipe on Bakerita blog, one of my favourite blogs for healthier treats by the way (make sure you check it out!) and I adapted it to get my own version. Hope you’ll try these out and please let me know what you think, I always love hearing from you, here on the blog, my Facebook page or my Instagram!
- ½ cup coconut oil, melted
- 4 tbsp almond butter
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup coconut flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup dark chocolate, chopped
- Topping: flaky sea salt (optional)
- 1 cup = 250 ml
- If you want less sweet cookies, you can use ½ cup of coconut sugar.
- You can use peanut butter instead of almond butter.
- Preheat oven to 180 C / 350 F and line a large baking tray with baking paper.
- In a larger mixing bowl combine melted coconut oil, almond butter, eggs, coconut sugar and vanilla and beat with mixer until it's smooth and well combined.
- In another bowl mix coconut flour, salt and baking soda and stir to combine.
- Add flour mixture into the wet mixture and stir well.
- Stir in chopped dark chocolate.
- Scoop out cookies on the baking tray leaving enough space in between as they will spread slightly when baking.
- Bake for about 10 minutes or until they just start turning golden brown colour (don't over-bake!).
- Sprinkle them with flaky sea salt (optional) and leave to cool slightly.
- Store the cookies in a metal cookie box/airtight container. Enjoy!