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Healthier Dark Chocolate Cookies

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These Healthier Dark Chocolate Cookies are refined sugar free, and can be made without butter by replacing it with coconut oil, which boosts the health benefits! You can either use wholewheat flour for high fibre, or a gluten-free flour blend/buckwheat flour for gluten free. Easy to make, are deliciously indulgent and chocolatey, yet healthier!

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Exactly 100 years ago today, the Battle of the Somme was being fought in France during World War 1. Lasting 5 months, it resulted in a total of over 1 million casualties. On just the first day, 60,000 British soldiers were lost – to equal this total in number of cookies, you would have to bake 2,000 batches!

I’ll put this in perspective for you. In order to make this many cookies, you’d need 600 bags of flour, 4000 eggs, and 600,000 chocolate chips! Imagine that every single chocolate cookie was a soldier who died in that battle.

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Yet, the total number of deaths in both World War 1 & 2 combined equals almost 100,000! Such a staggering number cannot be forgotten, which is why we wear poppies at this time of year. Back in late 1914, World War One was raging through France, until finally the conflict at Flanders Fields ceased. After the battle, the poppy was the first and only plant to grow on the barren battlefields.

They represent our recognition that we remember those who gave their lives for us. Poppies signify our appreciation, to show that we will always remember those who fought – and those who are fighting for – our country.Healthier Dark Chocolate Cookies #healthy #chocolate #glutenfree #cookies #remembrance

So, today’s recipe.

What makes these healthier dark chocolate cookies better than traditional ones?

Instead of refined flour, we will be using wholewheat flour, for extra fibre. Or if you need these to be gluten-free, you can use buckwheat flour or a gluten free flour blend.

To replace refined sugar, we’re using half muscovado or brown sugar, and half honey or maple syrup. These less refined alternative sweeteners contain a lot more nutrients than refined caster sugar.Healthier Dark Chocolate Cookies #healthy #chocolate #glutenfree #cookies #remembrance

As for butter, you have the option to swap it out with coconut oil. Personally, I prefer the taste of the cookies when you use butter, but either will work. We will also substitute some of this with Greek yoghurt, which is high in protein and lower in saturated fat.

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So when you eat one of these healthier dark chocolate cookies, just think about those who fought for our country. Remember them.

Enjoy!…

Healthier Dark Chocolate Cookies #healthy #chocolate #glutenfree #cookies #remembrance

Healthier Dark Chocolate Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 13 minutes

Total Time: 28 minutes

Yield: 30 Cookies

Serving Size: 1 Cookie

These Healthier Dark Chocolate Cookies are refined sugar free, and can be made without butter by replacing it with coconut oil, which boosts the health benefits! You can either use wholewheat flour for high fibre, or a gluten-free flour blend/buckwheat flour for gluten free. Easy to make, are deliciously indulgent and chocolatey, yet healthier!

Ingredients

  • •150 g softened butter (OR coconut oil OR vegan butter)
  • •50 g Greek yoghurt (OR another 50g of butter/coconut oil/vegan butter)
  • •150 g muscovado sugar OR soft brown sugar*
  • •80 g honey (OR maple syrup)**
  • •2 tsp vanilla extract OR caramel extract
  • •2 eggs
  • •300 g wholewheat self-raising flour OR gluten free self-raising flour blend OR buckwheat flour
  • •70 g cocoa powder
  • •150 g chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, 350°F, gas 4) and grease a large flat baking tray (if you use two, you can get it done in half the time!)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter (/ oil / vegan butter), Greek yoghurt and sugar.
  3. Add the honey and extract; stir well.
  4. Mix in the eggs, beating until fully incorporated, before gently stirring in your chosen flour.
  5. Fold in the cocoa powder, and finally the chocolate chips.
  6. Once combined, spoon the mixture out in 2tbsp dollops and shape them into circles, before pressing them flat slightly. Make sure to leave at least an inch gap around each cookie, as they will spread a bit.
  7. Once the tray is full (or all the trays if you are using more than one), place in the oven for 13 minutes.
  8. Remove tray from oven. They will be soft at the moment, but LEAVE THEM TO COOL FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES on the tray, and they will firm up as they cool.

Notes

*Either dark or light will work (I used dark as it is less refined)

**Or 100g more of your chosen unrefined brown/muscovado sugar as above

http://KatrinasCleanCooking.com/healthy-eating/healthier-dark-chocolate-cookies/

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