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Half-cup experimental cookies!

December 3, 2013

Have I mentioned that I am an obsessive person?  And that I really like desserts?  Especially chocolate?  Well, I am.


A couple of months ago I first had a Larabar (chocolate brownie), and it was really good.  And I read the ingredients and was SHOCKED.  And I went online to figure out how to make them myself, since they are sort of expensive.  The problem, in my mind, is that when I open the little packaged one that is in my car or my gym bag or whatever, I eat that one and think, “Yum!  And aren’t I virtuous for choosing this as a snack!?”  But if I make a big batch of them at home, I want to eat several of them.  And might have done that.  And then, even though they cost less to make, I feel like it was still pretty foolish and not all that inexpensive.  And, plus, sometimes I really just want a cookie.


I have been making all these “experimental” cookies recently, to try to use less processed sugar and possibly less wheat (I don’t think I have a problem with wheat, although I do have friends who have celiac disease, but there’s a lot out there about wheat being not so good for you–especially modern wheat, with no genetic variation anymore, possibly gmo, probably sprayed with pesticides).  See also

Anyhow, today’s cookies were going to be faux larabars, but I decided to bake them into cookies instead.  They were quite tasty, but very tender/fragile.  I’m not sure if I’m using the right word, but they were not the sort of cookies that would hold up well in your pocket.  Sort of airy and soft.

Half-Cup Experimental Cookies (Recipe)

Put in food processor (I have a mini Cuisinart):

1/2 cup almonds (grind/chop them up a bit)

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped dates (grind/chop the three of these up together)

Add a little vanilla and 1/2 t salt and grind/chop some more.  Dump that all out into a bowl.

Into the food processor  (now empty!), put

heaping 1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut (I have been meaning to try coconut flour, but haven’t found it)

1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour  (I’m sure you could use regular flour or gluten-free flour)

3 T cocoa powder (or more)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg

3 T melted coconut oil (or butter)

1 smashed ripe banana (I was going to leave the banana out, but it all seemed too dry and I didn’t want to add water! and I figured the banana would probably be good)

Mix all of that, add back the chocolate/date/almond stuff, scoop out by small spoonfuls (heaping teaspoonfuls) and flatten slightly, bake 350 for 8-10 minutes.  Let cool on wire rack.