Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here's our take on the classic chocolate chip cookie. Yet another recipe that shows you just how yummy healthy eating can be! We added in chia seeds for some extra goodness! We crumbled the cookies onto some Wild Choc Orange Coconut Ice Cream by Zebra Dream and topped with our homemade almond butter, find the recipe here!


Ingredients: 

  • 150g hazelnut meal (almond meal also works well)
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil
  • 2 TBSP maple syrup/honey
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds
  • 50g 85% dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste/extract

*Makes 8 - 10 cookies

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • If required, melt the coconut oil in a saucepan on a low heat. Once melted, mix in the honey.
  • Combine hazelnut meal, baking powder and chia seeds.
  • Add the coconut oil and honey to the dry mixture and mix thoroughly.
  • Chop the dark chocolate into chunks and add to the cookie mixture.
  • Press the mixture together to form into balls and then flatten onto the baking tray.
  • Bake for ~12 minutes and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Nutritional Information:

Hazelnuts

  • Rich source of minerals – contains high levels of manganese, copper, magnesium iron, potassium and zinc.
  • Very rich in Vitamin E, a fat soluble compound with distinctive antioxidant properties. Vitamin E protects cells from the damaging effects of reactive oxygen species (ROS). The body produces ROS when fat is converted to energy but vitamin E can stop their production. Vitamin E also plays a role in increasing blood vessel dilation.
  •  Contains a variety of flavonoids which may support brain health and improve circulation. Also thought to reduce symptoms associated with allergies.
  • Rich in an unsaturated fat called oleic acid. Oleic acid may lower ”bad” LDL cholesterol and raise ”good” HDL cholesterol.
  • Good source of dietary fibre.

Chia Seeds

  • Highest vegetarian source of omega-3 which plays a role in heart health; lowers blood pressure, lowers blood cholesterol levels and reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease. Omega-3 is also a natural anti-inflammatory which can help arthritis sufferers.
  • They’re hydrophillic meaning they can absorb up to 10 times their weight in liquid.
  • This property means it can absorb excessive stomach acid and relieve symptoms of heart burn and indigestion.
  • The gel it forms when mixed with liquid can also provide a barrier that slows down the conversion of carbohydrates to sugars which is useful in controlling blood sugar levels and helpful to diabetics.
  • Keeps you fuller for longer which is helpful when trying to lose weight.
  • High in fibre; has been shown to immediately relieve symptoms in IBS sufferers and improve digestive health.

Dark Chocolate

The higher the cocoa solids the better the benefits. We always use 85% cocoa solids and make sure to compare brands to buy the one with the lowest sugar content.

  • Rich source of minerals including iron, copper, magnesium and manganese.
  • Rich in a variety of antioxidants which fight oxidative stress and may help improve your immune function.
  • Also a good source of caffeine and theobromine which helps to fight fatigue and drowsiness.