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Rich Chocolate Valentine Cookies

February 13, 2013

Rich Chocolate Valentines Day Cookies

Have you been looking for something sweet to make for your special someone this Valentines day? I’m always looking for a sweet treat to share with loved ones but I also want it to be full of healthy grains and without too much fat or sugar. Here is a recipe that includes quinoa, almonds and chia, which are all high in protein, complex carbs and omegas. Share and enjoy!

Recipe:
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup cooked quinoa
¾ tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
1/3 cup almond butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
¼ cup apple sauce
¼ cup raw agave or maple syrup
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
¾ cup vegan chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a small bowl whisk together the flaxseeds, chia seeds and warm water. Set aside.

In a food processor, process almonds until powdery. Add quinoa, baking soda and salt to the almonds and process for 1 minute, or until you have a fine meal. You’ll be adding the almond butter to the food processor in a minute.

In a small saucepan combine almond butter and coconut oil. Stir over low heat until coconut oil and almond butter are melted. Whisk in apple sauce and agave until heated through. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and flax/chia mixture.

Add the almond butter mixture to the food processor and process until a dough has formed. Add chocolate chips and process until chocolate is melted and blended, stopping to scrape down the sides as necessary. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and flatten slightly with your fingers. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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