Even on a diet I am going to eat chocolate cookies, I am just rubbish at resisting food I should not eat. So I decided that I should make them as good as I can, and make them super(food) cookies. I was lucky that in her Superfoods cookbook, Rena Patten had a chocolate cookie recipe that I could rely on (I already used this book here). And I swapped the butter for coconut oil and the brown sugar for coconut sugar
Coconut oil is definitely up there in the superfood list - coconut sugar probably not, although it is more natural than normal sugar, so a bit better but not much.
However (as you will see with the WW point) superfood does not mean diet food. For me, it is all about making the most of eating a treat, and not waste empty calories. The recipe I used in the end includes quinoa flour, raw cocoa powder, coconut oil and dark chocolate - I reckon I am making full use of superfoods. It happens to be really tasty too, so what more could I wish for!
What you are going to need? (for 19 cookies, 5WW per cookie, aouch!)
- 200 g quinoa flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 3 tbsp pure raw cocoa
- 150 g of dark chocolate chips
- 125g of coconut oil
- 100 g of coconut sugar
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp of low-fat milk
1. Preheat the oven to 180 C and grease and line baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and cacao then stir in the chocolate chips.
3. Add the coconut oil and sugar to the mixture.
4. Beat in the vanilla and eggs, then fold in the mixture. Add the milk and mix until well combined. The mixture will be soft and sticky.
5. Make small balls from the mixture and place them on the baking trays.
6. Bake for about 11-12 minutes. The cookies should not be overcooked and still be a little soft when taken out of the oven.
7. Cool the cookies completely before removing them (if you can!)
I know it is a lot of points on the WW diet - but to be fair these are decent size cookies. I could probably have made them smaller for less points, but what is the point in having a small cookie?
So here is my way to make the most of my chocolate addiction.