Sunday, November 20, 2011

Chia Banana Date Cookies


I found this recipe while searching for interesting things to bake with chia seeds.
I decided not to make many changes since it's the first time making the recipe and it sounded different from what I'm used to in a cookie recipe.  I did go the gluten-free route and used coconut flour, so I knew there'd be extra liquid needed.  I figured I'd use the amount called for and then add extra when I saw how dry the mixture was.  I ended up adding a couple of extra tablespoons of water and one more egg.  
I won't lie and say they're the best cookies ever, but they're actually quite tasty and I like the ingredients, so I'll muck around with the recipe and next time add some chopped nuts (probably walnuts) and some chopped dates or maybe raisins for texture and a little more sweetness.  I would also (and meant to, but forgot) add cinnamon and ginger for a kick.
Here's what I did...

I ground 4 tablespoons chia seeds in my spice grinder and dumped this into a large bowl
 Added 4 tablespoons coconut flour

I added 2 tablespoons rolled oats
 Into my Vitamix, I added half a ripe banana (next time I'll use the whole thing) and 2 pitted Medjool dates
 I added 1 large egg, a tablespoon of water and 2 tablespoons of raw honey and 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
 Then I blended it on high speed for a few seconds until well-mixed
 I added 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt to the bowl

And mixed the dry ingredients together with a spatula

Mixed all the ingredients together and as expected, it was a stiff, dry blob :-)
 So I added an extra egg and 2 tablespoons of water and this mixture seemed more managable
Dropped it by teaspoonfuls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and baked at 350F for 20 minutes

Not the prettiest cookie, but quite tasty!  As I said, I'll tweak it in the future and I'll report back :-)










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