Check these beauties out. The day we made them, I literally had a stomach ache because I went cookie crazy. That night, I passed out on the couch and awoke to Steve chomping on these coconut and chocolate pieces of heaven. What I’m trying to say is… they didn’t last long.
The best part is, there’s zero butter in these cookies. No need for butter when you have coconut oil. Unlike butter, coconut oil actually promotes a healthier heart. Since I’m fascinated with the human brain (I was a psychology and neuroscience major), I have also been following the research associated with coconut oil and Alzheimer’s prevention. Pretty neat stuff!
When it comes to your brain, it guzzles energy. Think about all of your internal organs and systems which require energy to function. Your brain accounts for 20% of your body’s overall energy use. The human brain mainly relies on glucose (sugar), but when there isn’t any available, it will begin to use converted energy from fat. When fat is converted into energy, it naturally produces ketones. This is where coconut oil comes into play, as it’s a highly reliable source of these organic compounds.
Once Alzheimer’s develops, the brain is no longer able to use glucose as it’s intended to. This is why Alzheimer’s is sometimes referred to as type 3 diabetes, simply because glucose does not metabolize properly. Although it is still unclear what EXACTLY causes this degenerative disease, we do know that this disease causes neurons to die, which leads to issues regarding cognition. Studies are now showing that ketones are an exciting breakthrough in terms of brain energy, especially for those who need it the most. Coconut oil is also great for your cardiovascular health, which is directly linked to strokes and other issues regarding your brain health. Anyways, I’m getting WAY off topic. You didn’t come here to learn about neurology, you came here to bake some delicious cookies.
The sea salt compliments the dark chocolate perfectly. I would love to say that we had people over and shared these cookies…but then I would be lying. We ate every single one. These dark chocolate and coconut cookies are seriously amazing, so don’t be shocked if you turn into cookie monsters like us.
- 1 cup flour
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ¾ cup dark chocolate chips
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ cup coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tbsp milk
- ¾ cup raw brown sugar
- ½ cup pecan pieces
- 1 free-range egg
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp ground almond
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a double boiler, melt your coconut oil.
- Mix your flour, baking powder, cocoa and salt in one bowl and set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine sugar, melted coconut oil, vanilla and ground almond.
- Now add your flour mixture into your other mixing bowl (which contains the coconut oil, sugar, etc.)
- If you have a hand mixer, great! It's time to mix all the above ingredients. If you don't own a hand mixer, no worries. Just mix it the ol' fashion way (with your hands or a wooden spoon).
- Once the ingredients are well combined, fold in your chocolate chips and pecans.
- You may want to dust your hands with flour, then spoon out one ½ tsp of cookie dough at a time.
- Roll them into little balls, placing them on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 8-9 minutes. Allow cookies to cool before diving in.