Peanut butter is definitely an addiction of ours!! But can you blame us when it can make delicious recipes like this?! We're all about quick, easy and most importantly, healthy ways to satisfy our sweet tooth. These cookies are refined-sugar free, dairy-free, grain-free and gluten-free and the best bit, they're smothered in chocolate!
- 200g peanut butter
- 1 egg
- 3 TBSP maple syrup/honey
- 50g dark chocolate (we used 85%)
*Makes 8-10 cookies
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Chop 20g of the dark chocolate into chunks.
- In a bowl, combine the peanut butter, egg and maple syrup.
- Mix in the chocolate chunks.
- Spoon the cookie mixture onto the baking tray and flatten with your hand.
- Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes.
- Leave to cool on the baking tray.
For an extra treat:
- Melt the remaining 30g of dark chocolate using a bain-marie.
- Spoon the melted chocolate onto the cookies.
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- Great source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese.
- Great source of a number of B vitamins.
- High levels of Vitamin E that protect cells from free radical damage. Free radicals attacks cells and can damage DNA which can result in diseases such as cancer.
- It might be an energy dense food but there is no need to avoid it
- A review of 20 clinical trials showed no weight gain or even weight loss individuals consuming 1 -2 cups of nuts a day.
- Possibly due to the amino acid arginine which may boost fat burning. Arginine also improves blood vessel function.
- Great source of unsaturated fats
- The high levels of unsaturated fats are great to help ease inflammation (great post exercise) and may also improve cholesterol levels.
- As little as 2 ounces of nuts/week may lower heart disease risk.
- Consuming nuts considerably reduces the risk of developing diabetes and pancreatic cancer
- They are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are packed full of vitamin A,D, E & K, B vitamins, selenium, phosphorous, calcium and zinc.
- They are one of the best dietary sources of choline, a compound required for the building of cell membranes and many other functions.
- They contain the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. These are important for eye health and can help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Eggs are considered a complete protein meaning they contain all of the essential amino acids.
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.