Sustainable Food: Cookies can be Healthy Too!

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Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Banana Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie

Photo taken by: Alison Hendrickson - used with permission.

Ingredients:

2 bananas, mashed
1/4 c. grapeseed oil
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 c. flax meal
2/3 c. brown rice flour
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. shredded unsweetened dried coconut
pinch of sea salt
1/4 c. dark chocolate chips

Directions:

Combine bananas, oil, syrup and vanilla in a medium bowl (I used a blender).

In a separate bowl, combine flax, flour, soda, coconut & salt.

Add banana mixture to the dry ingredients and blend until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Drop batter by teaspoonful onto a cookie sheet. No need to roll or flatten. Bake 14 min. at 350 or until lightly browned.

Makes 1 1/2 dozen cookies.

Ingredients Profile

Bananas: This tropical fruit not only sweetens these yummy cookies, they hold them together in the absence of gluten. Bananas are high in potassium and fiber.

Grapeseed Oil: I stay away from vegetable oils due to their high level of processing and tendency to turn rancid. Grapeseed oil has a wonderful light flavor and a high heat threshold.

Flax Meal: Flax seeds are high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Most people today have a high imbalance of omega-3 to omega-6, making flax seeds and flax meal a great addition to your diet.

Brown Rice Flour: This fine textured, gluten-free flour is a great replacement for other highly processed white flours.

Coconut: Coconut is full of healthy saturated fats that help to balance hormones and regulate your nervous system.

Dark Chocolate: Choose a high quality dark chocolate (at least 70% or higher) and you’ll be rewarded with a powerful punch of antioxidants. Who said chocolate couldn’t be good for you?

Shopping Tips

Look for brown rice flour, flax meal, and shredded coconut in the bulk bin section of your local health food store. It’s always a good idea to scoop out your own grains, flours, and nuts to avoid excess packaging and reduce waste. Buy as little or as much as you need at one time.

Do your homework on local organic co-ops. Products like grapeseed oil and dark chocolate are often much more affordable when purchased in bulk and shared among friends or other co-op members.

About the Author Lori Winter, is a T&G writer in Nashville, TN. interested in healthy eating, natural remedies, recycled materials, and bargain shopping. Each week she brings you a new recipes, and reviews of sustainable restaurants, cafes, and coffeehouses.

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