I have to admit that the more I have changed my eating for the better, the more baked things and/or sweet things do not appeal to me that much anymore. I tend to go for the fruit or on a cheat day some ice cream or chocolate; however, I still find myself thinking of ways to make a great cookie or other desserts. It is not so much that I am craving the cookie as that is usually not the case, but that I want to experiment. Here are two cookie recipes I came up with. I used dates for a sweetener instead of honey. One has a zesty orange flavor and the other hazelnut/chocolate. Both taste wonderful. I had a hard time choosing which I liked best. 🙂
For the orange/nut cookie recipe you will need*:
- 5 or 6 dates pitted
- 1/2 cup macadamia nuts (unsalted)
- 1/2 cup cashews (roasted or raw)
- 1/4 cup of butter
- 3 eggs
- zest from one orange
- juice from one orange
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of arrowroot powder
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
* for the hazelnut/chocolate cookies, replace cashews with raw hazelnuts and replace the orange with one melted square of 100% dark chocolate (of course a great mix would be to put the orange with the chocolate. I will try that next time!).
Put the dates, nuts, and butter into a food processor and mix until fairly smooth.
Mix in the rest of the ingredients, adding the coconut flour last. I apologize for not having a picture of my orange zest! Mixture will look like this.
Or this if you are mixing the chocolate cookies:
Roll into balls and flatten onto a stone cookie sheet. If you do not have a stoneware cookie sheet. I recommend one, or two :-). They have many uses and you pretty much cannot burn a cookie with them. I also recommend one with a rim just in case you need to do a waterbath for whatever reason.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 13 minutes. Cookies will be chewy, but probably less chewy depending on how flat you press them before baking.