Inga's Indulgence

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Treat Yourself...Right

In search of an indulging treat that you don't have to feel guilty about eating, or giving the kiddies?

Chew on this - a healthy, rich, coconutty, chocolatey cookie made with my new favorite ingredient to cook with - coconut oil.

This oil is INSANELY good for you (among its areas of specialty, skin and hair enhancement, immune health and disease prevention, weight control, yadi yadi yada). And with its butter-like texture, who knew saying "SEE YA!" to our fattening foe would be so easy?

I love things that are good and good for you...feels like I won something :)

Guilt-free Chocolate Coconut Cookies 
(yield: 1 dozen cookies)

1/4 cup unrefined extra-virgin coconut oil
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup dutch-processed cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Non-stick cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a large cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

Cream together coconut oil and brown sugar (use an electric mixer if you've got one). Stir in the egg, and mix until smooth. In a separate bowl combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Add dry mixture to the egg mixture in three increments, mixing just until combined. Stir in the chopped chocolate.

Scoop heaping tablespoonfuls of the batter and roll  into balls. Place on cookie sheet, making sure to leave enough room between each cookie. Bake 10-12 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack or plate and let cool.