f4ba68c1cbedb0122ea82653afbd56f3b53077b88b4c4a5f31 Uncomplicated Healthy Living: Cocoa Buttons http://www.freesearchenginesubmission.infoher-libido.com

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Cocoa Buttons

Chocolate cravings can be difficult to ignore.  Chocolate itself, in moderation, is heart healthy.  The things that are added into chocolate are what get us into trouble.  These little cookies are a way for you to satisfy your craving for chocolate without destroying your healthy living routine.  Check out the ingredients, almonds, oats, monounsaturated fat sweetened with pure maple syrup.  A natural sweetener.  Maple is a simple sugar and absorbs quickly.  That is something to keep in mind if blood sugar levels are a concern.

Cocoa Buttons

3/4 cups almond meal
1 1/4 cup oat flour from steel cut oats (see note below for making it)
1 1/4 cup organic whole wheat flour
1/3 cup dutch processed cocoa powder
1/8 tsp. salt
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/2 cup canola oil

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and whisk to combine.  Add syrup and oil.  Stir until all ingredients are combined and nothing is dry.  Take a heaping teaspoon full and form into a small disk or button.  Place on a greased cookie sheet.  Repeat this process with the rest of the dough.  It should make approximately 24 cookies.  Bake the cookies in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until set.  Cool and enjoy!

These cookies do not have any leavening.  As a result they do not rise or spread on the cookie sheet.  That means you can crowd them on the sheet if you want to.

Note:  It take approximately double the amount of oats to make the amount of oat flour you need.  So for the recipe above you would take 2 1/2 cups of steel cut oats and place them in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse until a coarse flour or meal is created.  You can make it as fine as you wish and substitute oat flour for part of you all purpose in any of your recipes.  Try it out and experiment for yourself.

Enjoy a little chocolate today!

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