Saturday, March 10, 2012

A Guiltless Pleasure: Choco-Walnut Cookies

I've got a chocolate hangover and I'm blissfully content. Who'd have thought that three basic ingredients could produce such delicious delirium?

Toasted walnuts + egg whites + cocoa = delicious delirum 
Walnuts: A great source of omega-3's, manganese, copper and protein, they promote brain function and bone health.
Egg Whites: A good source of vitamins and minerals such as zinc, calcium and potassium.
Cocoa: Rich in antioxidants, it triggers the brain's production of natural opiates and helps cardiovascular health.

Mix them together with a little sweetener and a pinch of other healthful ingredients -- chia seeds,  ground flax seeds, cinnamon - and you've got a decandent, satisfying treat.

I couldn't stop at one. But there's no guilt here because of all the beneficial ingredients.
Choco-Walnut Cookies with Mighty Macaroons
Gluten Free Choco Walnut cookies
2 1/2 cups toasted walnuts
4 egg whites
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup sugar/ maple syrup
1 Tablespoon vanilla 
pinch salt (optional)
pinch cinnamon (optional)
1 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
1 teaspoon ground flax seeds (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa and sugar.
Add vanilla, eggs whites and optional ingredients, stirring just enough to moisten everything.  
Stir in toasted walnuts. 
Drop a tablespoon full of batter onto the baking sheet. Bake for about 9 - 12 minutes. I like my cookies gooey, so I let them bake for just 9 minutes, just until the outsides are firm.   
Store in an air-tight container to keep them moist. The cookies freeze very well.

My new guiltless pleasure


  1. I have all of the ingredients! Guess who is making cookies this weekend....

    Now, where do I get the recipe for the

  2. Macaroons. (This word completes the comment above, which for some reason did not publish in its entirety. )

    Never mind! Found it.