Sunday, October 24, 2010

Recipe Day -Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday husband and son2 resealed the deck. It was not hard, but time consuming and I thought they deserved a little treat. These cookies are some of son2's favorite. They are no-flour, dairy-free, low-sugar and gluten free. Plus there are only 6 ingredients, two steps and in 20 minutes you have two dozen cookies!
1 cup unsalted almond butter, stirred well
3/4 cup Sucanat ( I only use 1/2 cup and think they taste great)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 oz. dark chocolate (70% or greater), broken into small pieces.
One: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium bowl, stir together first 5 ingredients until blended. Stir in chocolate.

Two: Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto parchment-lined baking sheet ( I usually just put them right onto un-greased cookie sheet) I also pat them down and shape them a bit.  However you drop them onto the cookie sheet is how they look when they are finished.  Bake for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned.  Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan. 

Viola! Yummy Cookies
If you are not familiar with sucanate, here are some interesting facts:

1. it is a dark brown soft sugar that is non-refined cane sugar, not like refined and processed white sugar. 
2. it retains its molasses content, therefore it has a stronger flavor and not as much is needed for sweetness.
3. it is essentially pure dried sugar cane juice, the juice is extracted by mechanical processes, heated and cooled into small brown grainy crystals. 

You can get it at any health food store, Wholefoods, Earthfare,Trader Joe's etc.  You may be able to find it in a regular supermarket, I just have never looked. I like to use this in place of brown sugar as well.  I also sprinkle a bit on my oatmeal in the mornings.  A little bit goes a long way and you get that yummy molasses flavor.

Hope you enjoy these cookies as much as my family and I do.

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