These chewy vegan chocolate chip cookies with coconut are actually very good for you. Well, they are healthy if you don’t overdo it and eat half the batter and the other half once they are baked.
They also just happen to be gluten free and vegan.
So make extra just in case you can’t control yourself once the heavenly aroma fills the kitchen.
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Health Benefits of Chocolate
Chocolate is a superfood! But the dark chocolate that is organic is the most beneficial to your health . In truth, darker chocolate has a lot more nutrients, flavonoids and antioxidants than the lighter versions. Now eating organic is an obvious. If not, then check out Going Green | An Organic Healthy Diet.
The health benefits of chocolate are many, such as mending a broken heart and reducing the risk of heart failure. German studies also show that chocolate may lower blood pressure plus reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by 39 percent. Their research suggests that it is because chocolate is loaded with antioxidants and flavonoids.
Chocolate is also a mood elevator, especially for women. Swiss scientists have discovered that when extremely uneasy people ate just an ounce and a half of dark chocolate every day for two weeks, their stress hormone levels were considerably lowered and the metabolic effects of stress were moderately eased. Another Swiss study showed that after two hours, ultrasound scans revealed that dark chocolate considerably improved the smoothness of arterial flow, an effect which lasted eight hours.
Some research suggests that chocolate may also increase intelligence. A study at the University of Nottingham found that consuming flavonoid rich chocolate increased blood flow to certain parts of the brain for 2-3 hours after eating. They studies found that chocolate improved alertness and performance.
Another study from Norway and the Oxford University found that chocolate may have long term effects on the brain. The researchers studied the diets of over 2,000 people over age 70. Their studies discovered that people who consumed flavonoid rich chocolate, tea or wine scored considerably higher on cognitive tests than those who didn’t.
Now cocoa by itself is really bitter and quite chalky. So it is all the added sugar that can make chocolate ‘unhealthy’. So choosing a healthy organic lightly sweetened chocolate is imperative for reaping the health benefits of chocolate.
Health Benefits of Coconut
The scientific name for coconut is Cocos nucifera. Early Spanish explorers named it coco. It is funny how the words coco and cocoa (chocolate) are so similar. Just like chocolate, the health benefits of coconut are numerous. They are high in vitamins, minerals, fiber and amino acids. Coconuts are categorized as a ‘functional food’. That is because coconuts provide many health benefits than just their nutritional content. To be classified as a ‘functional food’ there has to be clinically proven and documented health benefits.
The health benefits of coconut are many. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola (a physician and writer) coconut may prevent obesity, support a healthy immune system, lower cholesterol, maintain blood pressure, reduce inflammation and support the development of strong, healthy bones and teeth. Coconut oil is even good for your skin when applied topically and has been found to have regenerative and anti-aging properties.
Even Dr. Oz says that coconut is a heart-healthy food, reduces cholesterol and keeps weight balanced. Additionally, Dr. Oz states that coconut may help with aging and is good for the hair and skin.
- * ½ cup extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil (melted)
- * ¾ cup agave nectar or honey
- * 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- * 1 ½ cups almond meal or flour
- * ¼ teaspoon Himalayan salt
- * 1 teaspoon baking soda (aluminum-free)
- * 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- * 1 cup vegan dark chocolate chips or chunks (bite size)
- * 1 organic egg (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C)
- Preheat the oven to 325 ((160°C).
- In a large bowl, combine oil, agave nectar and vanilla. Whisk together until well combined.
- In a separate bowl, beat egg and then add to oil mixture (omit if you are a vegan)
- Slowly add flour ½ cup at a time
- Stir in Himalayan salt then gently stir in baking soda. Be careful not to over mix
- Mix in coconut and chocolate chips. Allow the dough to rest 5-10 minutes
- Using a spoon or ice cream scooper, drop small portions of the dough onto a lightly oiled cookie sheet
- Bake for 7-9 minutes. Allow to cool completely
- Diet type: Vegan
- Diet tags: Gluten Free
- Calories: 80
- Fat: 7 g
- Protein: 1.7 g
Ultimate Quality Ingredients
La Tourangelle, Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (melted)
Agave In The Raw Sweetener or Nature Nate’s 100% Pure, Raw and Unfiltered Honey, 32 Ounce
Simply Organic Pure Vanilla Extract
The Spice Lab Pink Himalayan Coarse Salt
Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda
Organic Shredded Coconut (Unsweetened)
Earth Circle Organics Raw 70% Dark Chocolate -Vegan
Healthy Ingredients for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut
Baking Supplies for Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
Under no circumstances is this articles intended for healthcare advice. Before taking any herb or spice for health issues, it is highly recommended that you seek a qualified healthcare specialist.
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