Monday, January 21, 2013

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chia Seed Cookies.



Hello Monday!!! A tiring work week ahead but everything will be okay because I have a big batch of Peanut Butter Chocolate Chia Seed Cookies to keep me company!  I made these healthy cookies over the weekend and now I can’t stop snacking on them. 

These cookies oddly enough taste better the second day. The first day I found them to be a bit dry but after sitting in a tupperware overnight these cookies have gotten a bit moist and now they just taste incredible! They are perfect to snack on at anytime of the day and go really well with a big glass of milk. They are packed with protein, fibre and omega and are sweetened with coconut sugar instead of refined white sugar.  What’s great about coconut sugar is that it’s naturally low on the glycemic index so these cookies won’t stress out your blood-sugar levels.

 I am also happy to say that this was my first recipe using gluten-free flour, yay.  I was scared that it was going to fail miserably because the cookies weren't spreading out while in the oven, but I guess I just realized that whatever shape you form them into they will stay like that and cook!  That’s why these cookies look like balls instead of a flat cookie, but who cares right? Once they taste amazing and have healthy goodness inside that’s all that matters! I found the original recipe over at yummymummykitchen and modified it only slightly.  I can’t stress how great these cookies are, especially if you’re a peanut butter lover like me! Happy Baking!

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chia Seed Cookies
(makes about 24 small cookies)

Ingredients:
1 ½ cups rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup quinoa flour
1 ½ tbsp chia seeds
½ cup coconut palm sugar
¾ cup organic creamy peanut butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
½  cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips or chunks
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder and chia seeds. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the sugar and eggs until creamy.  Add in the peanut butter, eggs and vanilla and mix until combined.
  4. Gradually stir in the oat mixture to combine well and then add in the chocolate chips and stir.
  5. Place a heaping tablespoon of dough onto the cookie sheet and shape the dough into balls using your hands.
  6. Bake cookies for about 12 minutes and let cook on a wire rack. Enjoy!






34 comments:

  1. my god i want to lick the screen these looks so good ! lol i still havent tried quinoa flour i really got to!

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    1. yes to trying quinoa and no to licking the screen haha :P

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  2. ooooh these cookies look sooo delicious and hearty!

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  3. Like the idea of chia seeds in this cookies...peanut butter and chocolate...yum!
    Have a great week Natalie!

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  4. Any day with home-baked cookies is a day worth living. LOL

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  5. I've been wanting to bake with chia seeds. These cookies look great!

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  6. Oh I love you! So much! I pinned these to two different boards to try once I've lost my weight and am maintaining...or maybe as a treat later one once I've lost more than I have now. For now, no sweet treats, except fruit. I have chia seeds and coconut sugar and have not baked with either yet so I'm super excited to try! Perhaps adding in some milk might make them less dry?

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    1. Glad you will try them out at some point Veronica! You're right, milk might do the trick :)

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  7. Oh lotsof different and yummy ingredients in there, and I chia seeds at home. They look great and healthy. Yep 2nd day on container can do the trip.

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  8. I'm so jealous! These look delicious! I tried to make oatmeal cookies today but all we had was steel cut oats- they weren't even edible haha;) Have a great week Natalie!

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    1. Steelcut oats are great, but yeah maybe not so great in cookies! Have a great week as well!

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  9. Mmmm, you had me at peanut butter! What a delicious and healthy little cookie recipe :)
    I'm tempted to swap quinoa for coconut flour and eat them raw too!

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    1. That sounds like a fantastic idea! I have yet to try out coconut flour!

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    2. It's a tricky ingredient, but I'm slowly getting used to it's quirks! I've been finding it amazing for raw or no-bake recipes, it's one of the only flours I really like to use this way (besides nut or seed meals). Baking it with it is tricky because of the flour:liquid:eggs/binders ratio.
      Experimenting is fun though!

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  10. Fantastic looking cookie recipe, and gluten/dairy free too! Will definitely be saving this one away for later! :)

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  11. Those cookies look so yummy...I'm hungry now! :)

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  12. I have always wondered what to do with chia seeds. The cookies look amazing - I love that they are really thick! Thick cookies are always my favorite.

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  13. What lovely little bites...so cute AND healthy? Get outta here =)

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  14. Yum! And no egg so no guilt when I eat the dough :)

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  15. I love a good healthy cookie especially with peanut butter in it. I also like that these are bite-sized and thick.

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  16. I really want to bake with chia seeds! Your cookies look like a delicious way to try them out :)

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  17. oh yum, this looks so good. such a healthy recipe, yet so tasty looking. love chia seeds... they had so much fiber with barely any flavor.

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  18. How fun! I don't think I've ever cooked with chia seeds before.

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  19. Hi Natalie, This looks delightful!Loving the addition of chia seeds. Thank you for your visit and your lovely words. Have a great evening!

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  20. I'm not surprised you can't stop snacking on them. They look really delicious and like you say, would be so very good for you xx

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  21. Oh yum - These look delicious and I LOVE how they are round. Super cute :) I have a lot of quinoa flour I have been looking to use too! Could I substitute regular sugar into this recipe?

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  22. These would be the ideal mid-day snack! Major yum.

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  23. Adding chia seeds to cookies is such a great idea--I love these!

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  24. Nothing better than home-baked cookies, and this look tremendous. I haven't baked with no gluten flour, but I'm glad to hear you can get such delicious results with it. The chia seeds are a great idea. Thanks for the recipe.

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  25. For more information about chia seeds, and some recipe ideas, check out my website: www.chiativity.org

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  26. I love these! They look so delicious!!

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  27. Cookies with benefits- Love the sound of this! I've been putting chia seeds in everything lately, so why not dessert as well? I could totally get away with eating these for breakfast since they're so healthy. ;)

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  28. I love the idea of these cookies, healthy and very good for cravings! I even have everything in my pantry right now.

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