The other night the cookie craving monster attacked and I couldn’t shake it. Generally I try not to surrender to my sweet cravings but instead reach for a balanced snack. Except the other night I decided to go to my happy place and whip up a batch of warm coconut chocolate chip cookies.
Cravings generally surface when our body is lacking in a certain nutrient or our blood sugar drops triggering that demanding craving for something sweet. Our body is incredibly smart, it knows that certain foods will fill the void and that baked goods quickly raise blood sugar – hence the craving to stop at the bake shop around 3pm. We have to be careful when these sugar cravings arise since the aftermath of the baked goods is a sugar crash, which triggers those sugar cravings all over again. Instead of reaching for the sugar it is best to reach for protein based snacks. Protein helps to satisfy hunger and will help balance our blood sugar without creating the resulting sugar crash.
For those times you just can’t shake the need for something sweet, try these delicious gluten-free and vegan coconut chocolate chip cookies. They are made with less sugar than the conventional and contain healthy fats and protein (coconut, chia seeds, and brown rice) to help balance the insulin spike. Don’t get me wrong…they are still DESSERT – but with a healthier spin.
Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 chia egg (1 Tbsp. ground chia seeds + 3 Tbsp. warm water)
½ cup coconut butter
¼ cup maple syrup
¼ cup vegan butter or coconut oil (can also use regular butter if not vegan)
½ cup dark brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
¾ cup brown rice flour
½ cup potato starch
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp guar gum
½ tsp salt
1/3 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
¼ cup shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a small bowl make your chia egg by whisking together the chia seeds and warm water. Let stand for 5 minutes to form a gel.
In a small sauce pot gently soften coconut butter over low heat. Once softened remove from the heat and whisk in maple syrup.
Add coconut mixture to a large mixing bowl and cream together with the vegan butter using an electric mixer.
Add brown sugar and vanilla and continue to beat with the mixer. Once combined add the chia egg and beat to combine.
In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and combine with the mixer. Once all dry ingredients are combined add chocolate chips and shredded coconut. Combine with a rubber spatula.
Spoon dough onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet using a tablespoon and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until bottom is lightly golden.
Let cool and enjoy!
Hope these satisfy your next sweet tooth craving