As I prepared Friday for my Saturday talk, I thought wouldn’t it be cool if I brought in a treat that contained all 5 of the Eat2Run superfoods! But turmeric didn’t really seem to fit with the other four – so I settled on matcha, dark chocolate, tart cherries and hemp. I tossed a bunch of things together and ended up with these… And believe it or not they worked so well hubby declared them the most delicious cookies ever! I’m just lucky my experiment worked as it would’ve been sad to show up empty handed!
Makes 18 cookies (or 36-42 cookie bites).
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds (use ground chia if you wish)
- 6 Tbsp almond milk
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup honey
- ¼ cup pure 100% natural peanut butter (or almond butter)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- ½ cup hemp hearts
- ½ cup dried tart cherries, chopped [need to chop them, makes them stickier to ensure the cookies stick together] (can be made without the cherries if desired0
- ½ cup dark chocolate chunks or chocolate chips (70% or higher)
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- matcha green tea powder (can be optional)
- Heat oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (2 sheets if making mini cookie bites).
- In a medium bowl whisk together the chia and almond milk. Let sit until gelled (about 5 minutes).
- Add the maple syrup, honey, peanut butter, vanilla and salt; and whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Add the cacao, coconut and hemp, and mix with a spoon (mixture will seem too dry, but then will nicely mix to form a firm dough). Fold in the chopped tart cherries.
- Form into 18 (or 36-42 mini) balls and flatten – all 18 will fit on one baking sheet (the cookies do not get any bigger while baking).
- Bake for 9 minutes.
- In a small saucepan, melt the dark chocolate with the coconut oil. Drizzle a tsp over each cookie.
- Once cooled, sprinkle each cookie with a pinch of matcha green tea powder.
To deliciously healthy food and stronger faster running… Cheers,
Sarah J Cuff, RHN