If there’s one thing a woman can count on in her life (aside from God, her dog, and her intuition), it’s the bliss of small pleasures and the benefits of nourishing her body. Speaking of which, we need to revel in these more often than we let ourselves, ladies.
And for me, chocolate is one of those small pleasures in a very big way …
In my book, nourishment and wellness equal a healthy balance in and out of the kitchen. I have some great posts coming up this week about wellness outside of the kitchen, but for today, let’s talk kitchen balance.
I love my greens like any healthy gal and never go a day without some form of them. Greens bring incredible balance to the body in every single way and can actually prevent cravings for unhealthy foods like sugary junk foods. But I also believe in other forms of balance, and for me, that means a daily dose of pure chocolate (or maybe two or three?).
Chocolate is one of the best foods we can when it comes to antioxidant content, but I’m not talking about the sugary chocolate bars you likely see all over the place this Halloween season. In fact, sugar really messes with you in many ways physically and mentally (I know this from many past experiences), but we should never fear real foods for their natural carbs, fats, etc.
If it’s a plant in real food form, just eat it and don’t fret so much, please.
So when I say chocolate, I mean REAL chocolate. Pure, blissful raw cacao is packed with anti-aging, mood-boosting, and beautifying benefits.
Cacao powder, nibs and even plain cocoa powder are all full of the mineral sulfur that boosts your skin and liver health, magnesium that improves your energy and nervous system, and like most other beans, cacao is also a great source of fiber and iron.
Yes, that’s right—chocolate is a bean (if you didn’t know), meaning it’s packed with nutrients and incredible health properties such as fiber and digestive benefits for your good gut bacteria. And it’s definitely my favorite bean! 😉
Cacao powder is also one of my favorite foods to bake with (or make raw desserts with like I’ve done in this recipe) because it works great as a replacement to refined white flour. This is a great way to make your desserts rich without empty calories and an easy way to reduce the glycemic load since cacao contains a large amount of fiber.
Did you know? Cacao’s high magnesium content is also helpful for lowering high blood pressure, sugar cravings, low libido (just saying!), and depression.
But let’s get back to these cookies.
My Vegan Chocolate Chewy Coconut Cookies are filled with goodness! And, they have no sugar or funny additives, so they leave you feeling pretty fabulous without that nasty sugar high/withdrawal deal.
Plus, I made them in a jiffy so they’re also great when you want a quick snack and don’t want to fool with the oven.
In this recipe, you’ll see I used coconut flour which helps to thicken up the dough and gives the cookies a lovely cake-like flavor. I also used two of my favorite fiber-rich sources of healthy fats: flax meal and ground chia which are high in omega-3 fats that beautify the skin and nourish the heart.
Finally, to sweeten the cookies, I used pure stevia along with a few other special goodies including NuNaturals chocolate stevia syrup as a decorative topping, but you can easily leave off the syrup if you don’t have any. There’s really no right or wrong way to eat these cookies; they’re easy, so satisfying, and nicely filling too.
Life is short ladies; eat your chocolate. Just go for the good stuff when you do… it’s the best!
- 1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or sub plain cocoa powder)
- 2 tablespoons raw coconut flour
- 1 tablespoon ground flax
- 2 tablespoons ground chia
- 1 tsp. pure stevia extract (not white stevia powder but pure extract)
- pinch of cinnamon
- (optional): pinch of pink sea salt to bring out the chocolate flavor
- 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
- 2 tablespoons your choice raw nut butter (I used cashew for its mild flavor and easy digestibility factor)
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tablespoon ground flax meal
- 2-3 tablespoons chocolate stevia syrup drizzled on top (or cocoa powder would be pretty too)
- First, cover a baking pan or large glass dish with parchment paper. (You'll need this to let the cookies set in the fridge in a few). Set aside.
- Add all the dry ingredients to a food processor. Spin a few times to pulse and combine well.
- Add the liquids to the food processor and pulse until you have a thick dough.
- Scoop the dough out in spoonfuls and place them onto the pan or plate you have covered in parchment paper.
- (They should be about 1 inch thick in diameter).
- Sprinkle with additional toppings and syrup if using.
- Set them in the fridge for at least one hour (or you can stick them in the freezer for 15-20).
- Remove, serve and enjoy!
- * * If you don't like stevia, you can also sub 1 tablespoon raw coconut sugar, or adjust the liquids and test using 1 tablespoon maple syrup if you tolerate other natural sweeteners higher in their sugar content.
- * * You can store these for later, however, I suggest keeping them in the fridge for the best flavor and to preserve their freshness the best.
Want more chocolate goodness?
Check out my Sugar-Free Mocha using real, raw cacao. It’s a real dream of a way to start out your day.
What’s your favorite way to eat chocolate: cookies, hot cocoa, brownies? Let’s hear it!