Every now and then, you just need to eat something sweet.
And if you’re going to indulge your sweet tooth, you may as well go ‘au naturel’ by using all-natural ingredients, like these:
I’ve been on a mission for a while now to recreate my go-to quick cookie recipe using natural sweeteners like maple syrup, and lighter fats like coconut oil. That said, I’m pretty pleased with the way these little cookie bites have turned out – they’re even gluten and dairy free!
Because I used maple syrup to soften the cookie bites a little (rather than golden syrup as I would normally do), I cooked them at a slightly lower temperature and for slightly longer than usual. I used coconut oil to grease the baking tray with too, which helped add to the cookie bites’ delicious ‘coconutty’ flavour.
If you’re using coconut oil as the main fat in your cookie bites, pop it in the fridge to let it solidify before you mix it with the sugar, and take a little more time to really cream the two ingredients together until they are completely combined. Once you’ve added all of your ingredients, see if your mixture is sticking together well. If it feels a little crumbly, just add half a teaspoon or so of cold water before you roll up the bites into balls.
The great thing about this recipe is that you can use whatever cookie ‘extras’ you fancy instead of chocolate chips. I used Fairtrade organic raw cacao nibs, but you could just as easily mix in some dried fruit like sultanas or cranberries which are slightly easier to pick up from the local supermarket! If you decide to use sultanas, I’d suggest adding a pinch of cinnamon powder too.
Serve the cookie bites warm with an espresso or a shot of almond milk and I’d say you’re on to an all-natural sugar treat winner – enjoy!
All-natural almond flour cookie bites
Ingredients (makes 6):
- 50g coconut oil (solidified in the fridge)
- 50g coconut palm sugar
- 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 75g almond flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of sea salt
- 50g cookie ‘extras’ (I used cacao nibs, but you could substitute with dried fruit instead)
- Pre-heat the oven to approx. 160 degrees celcius.
- Cream together the coconut oil and sugar in a mixing bowl.
- Stir in the maple syrup.
- Add half of the almond flour, the tsp of baking powder, the sea salt and whatever cookie ‘extras’ you are using. Mix well.
- Add the remaining almond flour and mix well again. If the mixture is looking a little dry, add about half a teaspoon of water.
- Mould the cookie bites into six little balls and place on a greased baking tray.
- Pop the baking tray into the oven and bake the cookie bites for 12-15 minutes, or until slightly browned.
- Allow the cookie bites to cool for five minutes or so before serving.