As promised in my last blog My sugar free verdict, here is the first of my new recipes which are free from refined sugar. This reduced sugar snack went down a treat with the whole family! Mike (who is a skeptic of any sugar alternatives) actually ate quite a few so that must be good feedback. Freddie loved them. The only downside is that because they contain nuts these aren’t so good for lunch boxes as so many schools and preschools are now nut free.
Freddie and I made these cookies together while Lottie had her nap. They were quick and easy and tasted yummy warm from the oven. The chocolate element of the cookies could easily be substituted for chopped dates, sultanas, cacoa nibs or carob to totally remove all refined sugar from the recipe. I used Whittaker’s Dark Ghana in mine but only a little bit having found it stocked in the supermarket in Northbridge!
I think coconut, almond and chocolate is a delicious combination of flavours and there are lots of cookie recipes out there with similar ingredients to mine. However because these use rice malt syrup instead of refined sugar or honey they should help prevent a sugar rush and provide a sustained energy supply. Just what your little ones need!
Chocolate and Coconut Almond Meal Cookies
Makes: 20 cookies
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 – 15 minutes
1 cup Almond Meal
1/2 cup wholemeal flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
20g dark chocolate (I chopped this really tiny to spread the chocolateiness as far as possible without having to add too much!
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1/4 cup rice malt syrup or honey
50g Softened butter or margarine
Combine all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
Beat the butter and rice malt syrup together for a couple of minutes.
In a separate bowl beat the egg until it becomes frothy.
Add the egg to the butter mixture a tablespoon at a time. Once combine pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and combine. Be careful not to over mix. It is quite a pasty mixture.
Make into balls about 1 tsp in size. Squash with a fork. Because of the reduced sugar they will not spread like normal cookies do.
Bake for 10 -15 minutes at 150’C until they start to go golden around the edges.
Cool on a wire rack or if you can’t wait eat one straight away just like Freddie!