I am an absolute cookie monster! Okay.. I love all things sweet but cakes and cookies are definitely my biggest weakness. As I write this I’m on a plane and I’m greedily eyeing up the air hostesses handing out white chocolate cookies – I’m in the middle so I get to be served twice, once from each side.. that’s how it works right!? 🙂 In my opinion, nothing is better than a warm, fresh cookie, slightly underdone in the middle, chewy and stuffed full of chocolate chunks!
There is rarely a time that I’ll go to London and not have a Ben’s cookie. The stalls are everywhere and you can smell the cookies before you can even see the stall.. Then they’re almost impossible to resist when I see them lined up in all their glory.
I won’t lie, no matter what people tell themselves I don’t think anything beats the “real thing” but I love to experiment in the kitchen to develop healthier versions of them and so when Creative Nature messaged me asking if I’d like to experiment with some of their products I couldn’t resist. No matter what else I bake I usually end up with at least one batch of cookies each week so I thought it was only fitting that the first recipe I posted was a cookie one!
I always fall into the classic trap of eating the entire batch at once when I bake at home though as I don’t have the portion control of just buying one or two (okay.. Or 3 :P) The first couple are “taste tests” the second they get out the oven, then there’ll be another “taste test” when they’ve cooled down to check they also taste good cold. Then I’ll want to sit down with a cup of tea and a couple more and before I know it I’m down to the last one or two (thank goodness I usually only make small batches in case they turn out badly!) and well.. There’s “no point” in saving one or two! 😛 then since they’re usually supposed to be snacks for me at work for the following week I end up having to bake another batch, but there is no such thing as too many cookies, right!? 😀
Firstly I’d like to apologise that I don’t share many of my recipes.. In truth this is mainly because I’m lazy – I bake so often that i know roughly what works together, roughly how much to add and I don’t bother to weigh or measure. Sometimes I start out with the best intentions to write recipes down but I end up adjusting things or adding random extras along the way. With cookies in particular, since they don’t need to rise in the way that cakes do, I don’t even time how long they need to stay in the oven.. I just impatiently sit on the floor by the oven watching them until they look done! It’s not just that though – it’s also because I have this crazy dream that one day I’ll get to set up a little cafe though, to sell everything I bake as I love doing it so much 🙂
I was lucky enough to be sent some ingredients from the lovely people at Creative Nature so last weekend’s experiment was these double chocolate cookies, inspired by my latest trip to Ben’s cookies where the freshest tray out the oven (which had literally come out just when I was walking up to the stall) was double chocolate! The guy being served next to me asked what the freshest cookies were at the same time and we just looked at each other and smiled.. Everyone knows fresh Ben’s cookies are unbeatable! 😛
Okay, so now I’ve raved about Ben’s cookies and reminded everyone about how amazing they are mine are going to be a disappointment! But I really enjoyed them and I hope you do too 🙂 plus you can make (and eat!) them right now 🙂
Anyway.. onto the recipe 🙂
What you need
1/3 cup + 2 tbsp ground almonds
1 cup oat flour
1/4 cup Creative Nature cacao powder
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup honey
1 tbsp Creative Nature chia seeds
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
50g chocolate (I used Free’ist white chocolate and Dr Oetker 70% dark chocolate chunks)
- Soak the chia seeds in 4 tbsp of cold water and leave to sit for around 10 minutes
- Melt the coconut oil and combine with the honey and vanilla bean paste
- In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients except the chocolate
- Once the chia seeds have formed a jelly-like consistency, add this to the other wet ingredients
- Combine the wet and the dry ingredients
- Chop the chocolate into chunks and stir into the cookie mix, saving a few for the top (optional)
- Form into six balls and refrigerate for around 10 minutes to allow it to firm up slightly
- Press each ball into a cookie shape and gently press in the extra chocolate chunks if using
- Bake for around 10 minutes at 170 degrees Celsius
- Leave to cool and firm up slightly before devouring 🙂
Please let me know if you make them and tag me in your recreations on Instagram (@nickichanlam)!