These buckwheat cookies not only taste like a treat they are bursting with nutrients. You can rest easy that you’re not sabotaging your healthy eating goals.
What do I love about them, apart from the taste?
The “wheat” in buckwheat is somewhat misleading as buckwheat is not a cereal grain. Like amaranth and quinoa, buckwheat is a pseudo-grain and contains no gluten. It’s high in minerals and unlike cereal grains is low GI so it won’t spike your blood sugar which is perfect for women looking to balance hormones in PCOS and acne.
Coconut sugar is made from the dehydrated sap of the coconut palm. It has a lower GI than cane sugar (~ 35 compared to 65). Whereas white sugar is devoid of minerals coconut sugar contains zinc, iron and calcium as well as the soluble fibre inulin. However, it is still a sweetener, so should only be consumed in small amounts as part of a healthy diet.
The cacao in 70% or higher dark chocolate is a source of antioxidants and magnesium. Like the coconut sugar enjoy in small amounts.
Apple adds more soluble fibre to the cookies. You can learn how to make stewed apple and more about the health benefits in this blog post. For this recipe, you’ll need to peel the apples.
Although the cookies do look on the small size, the buckwheat flour is very filling so one should satisfy those sweet cravings.
Buckwheat dark chocolate chip cookies
- 1 3/4 cup Buckwheat flour
- 3/4 cup Coconut sugar
- 1/2 cup Extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup Stewed apple, no sugar or use unsweeted apple sauce
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 tsp Baking powder gluten free
- 2 tsp Apple Cider vinegar
- 80 grams dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Line two baking trays with paper.
- Place buckwheat flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, vanilla extract in a large bowl. Add olive oil and apple sauce and mix until a dough forms. Add the apple cider vinegar and mix in.
- Fold in the chocolate chips. Roll dough into small balls (around tablespoon size) and place on the baking tray. Flatten slightly.
- Bake for approximately 10 minutes. Leave to cool on trays. Makes around 20 cookies.
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Norelle Hentschel is an experienced Naturopath with a clinic in Stones Corner, South East Brisbane and also offers Telehealth consults Australia wide. She enjoys supporting her clients to reach their health goals.
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