I know, I know…I’m doing a sugar detox this month. How original. Whatever. But I was craving sugar like something fierce so I decided to make some cookies! Without the sugar. Boom. Cookies!!!
And you know what? Vanilla and cinnamon and creamy coconut butter are AH-MAZING together. You don’t even need sweetener and I find myself wondering why I felt the need to put so much honey in my other recipes. Actually…I find myself wondering why I ever feel the need to put so much honey or maple syrup or palm sugar in a lot of the things I’ve made. There is most certainly a place for sweeteners in cooking (we all know how much I lovelovelove a sweet treat every now and then), but damn…we don’t have to sweeten friggin everything. Have you seen Triple D lately? There’s sugar in gravy, there’s sugar on bacon, there’s sugar on steak! I mean, WTF?? No wonder we’re all addicts…and I’m in the midst of a very real Low-Carb-Flu to prove it.
Thankfully these hit the spot while still being completely sugar free. Just hoping my body doesn’t figure it out anytime soon. If you’re not doing a detox, you can add 1/3 c maple syrup and whatever other goodies you want (chocolate chips, anyone?). I made my original batch with almond meal and walnuts, but then I did another one that was hazlenut flour-based and had pecans instead of walnuts as the secondary nut…OMFG. If you can find it, I highly recommend using hazlenut flour–or just make your own like I did in a food processor. But any combination of nuts and nut flours will work…go nuts!
PS…I finally gave in.
2 c Hazlenut Meal
1 t Baking Soda
1 c Pecans, ground in a food processor
1/2 c Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1/2 c Ground Flax
1 t Cinnamon
1 t Vanilla
1/2 c Coconut Oil
1/2 c Coconut Butter
Mix together the wet ingredients. Then Combine the dry ingredients in a separate mixing bowl. Add to the wet mixture by spoonfuls, beating until smooth. Drop by large spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes, until lightly browned on top. These are best eaten piping hot from the oven!!
Makes 16 large cookies.