We really like inventing healthy alternatives to unhealthy food. It is always a challenge but that’s what makes it all the more amusing. This can be used as an alternative to “cookies”. We had already tried to make healthy cookies but we could never get that gooeyness in our cookies. Butter is not always easy to replace. Yesterday, I was reading an article about hair loss in autumn (don’t worry it’s completely normal!) due to a certain number of factors. The article mentioned a list of food that reinforced your hair. While I read this list, a recipe for cookies just popped into my head. Not only is this healthy but it’s perfect for your hair. So I went out to the grocery store to buy my ingredients (it was at the end of the day and it was rainy outside, hence the darkness of the pictures) and whipped these up in just a few minutes. I’ve always liked the expression “whipped something up”, I feel that it perfectly describes the action. Anyway, I’m rambling again. Speaking of which, I have recently read A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft, my how that woman rambles! However, she was completely revolutionary for her time. If you are interested in feminist literature it is worth a read. Anyway, I’m off topic again! Cookies – yes, you will need just a few ingredients. I used brazil nuts but I’m sure you could use hazelnuts, almonds or any kind of nut. Brazil nuts are full of mono-unsaturated fatty acids which is very good for you. These are very rich, you probably won’t eat more than one or two at a time. Here is the recipe:
Ingredients (makes about 10 cookies)
- 150 grams of brazil nuts (whole)
- 100 grams of shredded coconut
- 50 grams of 5 cereal muesli (or oats)
- 1 egg
- 1 large tablespoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
Preheat oven to 150°C.
In a blender or food processor, reduce the nuts, coconut and muesli into a powder. You can do this separately (first nuts, then coconut, then muesli). In a large mixing bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together. In the middle of the dry ingredients make a hole and add egg. Mix from the inside of the hole to the outside of the bowl. When the egg and dry ingredients form a past add a tablespoon of honey and teaspoon of lemon juice. Mix until a homogeneous mixture is obtained. Then on a baking sheet make small balls with dough, repeat until all the dough has been used.
Put in oven for about 15 minutes until the bottom of the cookies are golden. Remove from oven and cool on a rack.
And there you have it, a very tasty alternative to cookies! If you want extra sweetness you can add honey.