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Healthy dark chocolate cookies

Recently I made these cookies and asked my boyfriend: “Do you like the cookies? This is one of the new recipes I developed for the Natural-Moogs Hompage.” .

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You need to know, we made an agreement that he should be always honest with me at least in regards to my new recipes. I said to him that I prefer an honest opinion even if it might be disappointing for me at the first moment but I never want to post a recipe which doesn’t taste good. This was a hard school for him, because my boyfriend is Irish. There is one thing you need to know about Irish people: They are the politest people in this world!!! They would never intentionally hurt your feelings or speak badly about something. Even if they have to say that something went wrong or in my case that it doesn’t taste good or smells disgusting, the Irish would find the nicest words to say it in a really kind way.

Me, being a German, say always straight out what I think. You would always know if I like something or not. We are both born in Europe but already here we have cultural diversities. Interesting or?

However I made this cookies and asked my boyfriend:
– Do you like the cookies?
– They are rich!
– Yes okay, this is due to the cacao powder, but do you like them?
– Hmm yeahhh, they are okay.
– No honestly, do you like them or not?
– Maybe they are a little bit dry.

Okay, I think I got my answer, he doesn’t like them too much :-).

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After his comment I didn’t want to post this recipe and decided that I just eat the whole batch myself and I did… I ate all 50 cookies and additional 50 cookies because I made 2 different batches to adjust the recipe. So in total I ate about 100 of these cookies.
I freezed them all and every morning I took out 5 pieces and ate them as snacks during the day. I have to say that my boyfriend is right, they are rich and a little bit dry but I loved them! I always had them along with some coffee or tea. I liked especially that they are a little bit dry. Together with the hot drink the cookie softens in your mouth and gives you a long lasting chocolaty flavor. So yummy!

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I was struggeling with myself for some weeks now but finally I decided to post this recipe and let you know that the cookies are rich and a little bit dry but if you love the healthy and long lasting chocolaty flavor in your mouth these cookies are a must!

Healthy dark chocolate cookies

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  • Prep Time: 30m
  • Cook Time: 15m
  • Total Time: 45m
  • Yield: 50 small cookies

Ingredients

  • 220 grams almond flour
  • 120 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 80 milliliters maple syrup
  • 40 milliliters coconut oil
  • 100 milliliters water
  • 1 egg
  • 80 milliliters coconut butter

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the almond flour and cacao powder.
  2. Add the maple syrup, coconut oil, egg and slowly add the water till your dough sticks together. The dough should be transferring into a ball and be slightly sticky.
  3. Roll out the dough between two backing parchements about 0.5 cm thick. Using a biscuit cutter you can cut your biscuits and place them on a baking tray. They will not spread during baking, the shape will stay at it is.
  4. Bake at 175° for 15 minutes, remove them from the oven and let them cooling down completely.
  5. Now spread on half of the cookies your coconut butter and place the other half of the cookies on top. Store them in the freezer to solidify the coconut butter.

 

 

Healthy summer granola

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In a previous post I wrote how I love a little crunch in my breakfast bowl. It has been really warm summer and I find myself craving a fruity summer crunch. Sometimes nuts just do not cut it and store bought granola often contains quite a lot of sugar therefore a new challenge, to create my own granola!!

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Healthy summer granola

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  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 30m
  • Total Time: 40m
  • Serves: 8
  • Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients

  • cup millet flakes
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup dried strawberries
  • 1/2 cup mulberries
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tablespoons liquid coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons rice syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Cover a baking tray with baking parchment, spread the granola mixture on it.
  2. Bake the granola for about 30 minutes. Flip the mixture every 10 minutes to make sure it browns evenly.
  3. After 30 minutes take the granola out of the oven and let it cool down on the baking tray before you store it in a container.

This crispy granola combines all the favours of summer in one bowl. The strawberries, crunchy baked coconut flakes, mulberries and all slightly sweetened fills your mouth with summer freshness. Adding pumpkin seeds for a little crunch gives a subtle hint that autumn is just around the corner.

Summer granola -3This granola can be made using millet flakes or oats, I chose to use millet flakes thus making the ganola mix gluten free. Feel free to get adventurous with your fruit mix too, depending on what dried fruits are available. With a little creativity you could make your own favorit granola.

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