Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Guilt-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


Well, whatever guilt-free means.

Because I don't know about you, but I feel some sort of low-level guilt ... well ... pretty much all the time. I've already confessed to my imperfect-mummy guilt, but trust me there's more. Facebook guilt. Missed workout guilt. Inefficient working guilt. Procrastination guilt. 3rd glass of wine guilt. Forgotten birthday guilt. Not phoning yet guilt. Guilt guilt.

(not really, but you get what I mean).

So if I could make a cookie that would erase all guilt? Make my life guilt-free? I'd eat it 3 meals a day, for sure.

I might just anyway.


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Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes ~16 small cookies
"The best cookies you've made in a long time" - my Dad. (Um, thanks?)
The time
15 min prep + 12 min baking + 5 min cooling


The ingredients
1 cup wholemeal spelt flour - you can sub in w/meal wheat, kamut or unbleached plain flour*
2 big pinches of sea salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/3 c coconut oil
1/2 - 3/4 c rapadura sugar or raw sugar
1 organic egg
2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
70-100 g of your favourite dark chocolate bar, chopped into little pieces

*I did try this recipe with gluten-free flour, and it still tasted great but crumbled a lot.

**As always, try to use organic ingredients when you can.

And what makes them 'guilt-free'? I used organic ingredients, low-gluten spelt, and incredibly-good-for-you coconut oil.

The process
1. Preheat the oven to 160 C (325F). Grease a cookie sheet, or line it with baking paper.

2. In a bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients - sifting the baking soda if it's clumpy. In a separate bowl, mix together all the wet ingredients. Then, add wet to dry and stir until well-mixed. If your dough looks a little dry (which will depend on the size of the egg and the flour you use) just add another dash of coconut oil or water to get it into a heavy dough consistency.

3. Using your hands, form the dough into small balls (~1 + 1/2" or 5 cm in diameter) and place them about 2" (10cm) apart on the cookie sheet. When you're all done, use a fork to gently flatten each cookie ball out. Put the sheet in the oven and bake for ~10-12 minutes, until the cookies are golden brown and pretty much solid to the touch.

4. Remove from the oven and finish cooling the cookies on rack. You can store them in an airtight container for a week or so - but they'll never last that long.


The cost
Around $3 per organic batch.

Take that, Guilt.
Amanda xx

17 comments:

Gabriela aka The Picky Foodie said... [Reply to comment]

HI Amanda --
THis looks lovely, the cookies look delicious! They made me think of my Everyday Cookie Recipe Request and I thought I might ask if you wanted to participate. I think these gorgeous cookies might easily be converted -- take a look, what do you think?
http://tinyurl.com/44acw4y
Anyway, let me know. No matter what, I love your blog :)
Best,
Gabriela

Where My Heart Is said... [Reply to comment]

I'm very familiar with 3rd glass of wine guilt!!! :)

The Vanilla Bean Baker said... [Reply to comment]

Looking lovely! If your Dad says that they are the best cookie that you've made in a long time then that's good enough for me :)

chinmayie @ love food eat said... [Reply to comment]

Looks great! I don't bake most high calorie recipes as It's not worth the guilt I go through after I eat them! lol...

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Gabriela aka The Picky Foodie Thanks for visiting, Gabriela! I'll definitely have a look!

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

@Where My Heart Is Ah, yes ... which reminds me - we'll have to have one together when I get back! ;)

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

@The Vanilla Bean Baker He's a man of discerning tastes ...

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

@chinmayie @ love food eat Ha! Personally, as long as I'm getting good nutritional value for my calories, I'm down with it. (ie. dark chocolate = good, Twinkies = bad) :)

cheryl said... [Reply to comment]

I like your dad. Smart man. He knows of what he speaks.

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

They look delicious!

Ashley said... [Reply to comment]

I loved these cookies. Mine were a bit salty though. Great idea the spelt flour works perfectly in these.

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Cheryl,
He is ... and smartness is totally heritable.

Maria - thanks! Love your latest recipe, too ... I can't find haloumi anywhere here in Phoenix though! (talk about missing out ... )

Ashley - Thanks for the comment! I've been eating things on the salty side lately, so I adjusted the recipe slightly :)

Cassandra @foodmyfriend said... [Reply to comment]

A little bit of guilt keeps us humble I think. Well I hope so, because I am much like you with the workout guilt and 3rd glass of wine guilt. Although its more like 2nd glass because I am a light weight. Haha. C is for cookie thats good enough to eat!

Erika said... [Reply to comment]

Those sound yummy and easy! Thanks for sharing.

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic said... [Reply to comment]

Cassandra, Erika,
you both make me smile :)

Yasmeen said... [Reply to comment]

I love a good guilt-free cookie recipe! I'll have to send this to my sister who is always looking for these types of quick sweet-tooth fixes.

My first time at your blog, excited to have a more thorough look around!

sophiesfoodiefiles said... [Reply to comment]

I loved these cookies a lot & made 1 batch with unrefined coconut sugar & the other half with the sugar you have used & I loved them both a lot! I am also a big fan of unrefined coconut oil! ;)

You have a cool foodblog! Many greetings from a foodie from Brussels, Belgium!

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