I am so excited to share with you maybe my favorite cookie recipe yet. I really don't make much cookies. But when I do, I like them to be sort of fluffy and always soft & chewy. I'm not a hard, crunchy cookie type person. So if thats what your looking for, this will not be for you. Just a heads up. ;)
So back to my magical cookies. There once was a place in L.A. that I actually worked at, and lived very close to... Called Mani's Bakery. It probably was the first place I ever learned about anything to do with healthy food. Cause believe me, I had no idea. Your girl used to eat at In n Out and other fast food spots more than once a day. And I could take down a 2 liter of Mountain dew with no help needed. Pretty bad. Which is why it's strange, but good that I am where I am now. A person who can't even handle a normal amount of sugar? Craziness right ? I really can't. My heart starts beating so fast. Now back to Mani's. This place was so popular. Let me tell you. I waited on so many famous people. SO MANY. It was the perfect place! It had a whole section on the menu that was vegan. And that could be made vegetarian. And another half that was not vegan. ALL of it was healthy. They even had separate kitchens in the back for the veg. part and non veg. part. So awesome. But what probably was the coolest was that vegans & non vegans a like could come to a place & enjoy their own food together and all of it was healthy!
The other awesome part was their bakery section. After all it was called Mani's Bakery.
They had these beautiful cookies, muffins, pies, cakes and more. So good. They were all not sweetened with sugar too. Instead they used fruit juice. So awesome. Very sad this place isn't there anymore. It's still in my dreams <3 And I'll continue to talk about how awesome it was and hopefully someday it'll reappear :)
Ok. So thanks to Mani's. I got inspired yesterday to make a cookie without sugar, butter & eggs. I think thats why I don't bake that much. It seems impossible sometimes to avoid those things. Well what will I replace it with, etc? I have the answers here for you my people! Ok.
1 cup Sugar = 1 cup mashed bananas
1 cup butter or oil = 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1 egg = 1 flax or chia egg (1 tbsp. flax or chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp water)
Kapeesh? THAT'S IT. Now the world is yours! Go ahead and make some stuff!
These cookies I made tasted like a soft fluffy cookie/muffin. So good. Please try it!
THE DAILY KALE'S CHOCOLATE DIPPED PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
- 1/2 cup & 1 tbsp. peanut butter, (I used no salt/no sugar added peanut butter)
- 1 cup mashed bananas
- 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce
- 1 chia egg, (1 tbsp chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp. water)
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or gluten free flour of choice)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix together wet ingredients in a bowl.
- Mix together dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Mix both wet & dry together.
- Spoon out some dough and place on parchment paper lined pan. I wet my hands very lightly and smashed the cookies down to become a cookie shape. Don't overly wet your hand because you don't want the cookie to get to wet from doing this.
- Cook for 8-10 minutes. Until firm, but also somewhat soft.
- Let cookies cool on a baking rack.
- Once cookies are cool you can dip them in the chocolate sauce!
- Place in freezer for 10 minutes to let the chocolate get set.
- Store in fridge & most importantly enjoy your creation! :)
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 3 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1-2 tbsp. 100% maple syrup
- pinch of salt
DIRECTIONS : chocolate sauce
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir.
- Dip cooled cookies half way in sauce and place on a parchment paper, and freeze for 10 minutes to set cookies. Store in fridge to make sure they don't melt.